For Immediate Release
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 28, 2021) – Pepco, together with its program administrator Rock Creek Conservancy, have chosen 11 local municipalities, recreational authorities and nonprofits to receive nearly $125,000 in funds to support open space and resiliency projects in the District of Columbia and Maryland. This funding is provided throughout the region as part of Pepco's Sustainable Communities Grant Program, which provides funding to support open space preservation, improvements to parks and recreation resources, environmental conservation and innovative community resiliency projects.
"Climate change and its social and environmental effects are among the most significant challenge facing the world today, and it is imperative that we take the steps to help preserve and restore our natural habitat while preparing for a world with more extreme weather and less predictability," said Melissa Lavinson, senior vice president of Governmental and External Affairs for Pepco Holdings. "The projects benefiting from this funding provide direct support to our communities, through the conservation of critical open space, supporting recreational opportunities and building resilience in the face of a changing climate. We have a vested interest in the wellbeing and success of our communities. It's what drives us. I'm excited to see these innovative projects in action, as well as the positive impacts they will have toward establishing a healthy environment and community."
In partnership with Rock Creek Conservancy, an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to the restoration of Rock Creek and its 33-mile watershed, Pepco provides grants to the following municipalities, recreational authorities and nonprofits:
"The more frequent floods and major storm events we've seen in Rock Creek make clear that our public lands, which drive local climate resilience, need urgent conservation action. These eleven awards provide solutions that can help our communities in future disasters, conserve critical public lands, and connect our communities to these special places," said Jeanne Braha, executive director of Rock Creek Conservancy. "We are grateful for the support from Pepco and delighted to welcome the partnership of so many other organizations in this critical work to advance our region's open space priorities and enhancing resilience."
Pepco's Sustainable Communities Grant Program provides $125,000 in grants annually to fund open space and environmental projects and resilience projects across Pepco's District of Columbia and Maryland service area. The program provides $75,000 in grants of up to $10,000 each to municipalities, recreational authorities and nonprofits for projects focusing on open space preservation, improvements to parks and recreation resources, and environmental conservation. The program also provides $50,000 in grants up to $25,000 each to support resilience projects.
Municipalities, recreational authorities and nonprofits in the Pepco service area can apply for a Sustainable Communities grant each year. A committee with representatives from Pepco, Rock Creek Conservancy, municipal agencies and conservation organizations reviews each application and selects the projects to receive funding.
The grant application for 2021 is currently closed, but interested organizations can learn more about the Sustainable Communities Grant Program and how to submit a grant request at https://bit.ly/3kEqsgi.