Delaware Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Energy and Climate is offering Sustainable Communities Planning Grants for municipalities, county governments and their academic and non-profit partners. These competitive grants support planning and climate vulnerability assessment projects that improve a community’s economy, environment and public health. Grants of up to $80,000 are available to counties or towns with populations of 5,000 residents or more, and grants of up to $40,000 are available to towns with populations of fewer than 5,000 residents. DNREC’s Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program is funded through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), of which Delaware is one of nine member states. 

As of October 2017, DNREC has awarded a total of $245,000 in grant funding to the cities of Wilmington and Newark, and the towns of Frederica, Milton, and Fenwick Island through the Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program. 

Grant funds can be used to develop:

  • Community sustainability plans
  • Climate change vulnerability assessments and action plans
  • Greenhouse gas inventories and mitigation plans
  • Natural areas inventories and conservation plans

Awards will be granted for the “development of plans that lead to tangible actions that improve community sustainability and resiliency within Delaware municipalities and counties. Development of such plans can include assessment of existing practices and programs, assessment of existing assets, mapping, community sustainability planning, public engagement, and education.”


Publication Date: February 19, 2017

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