BERLIN, Connecticut – March 22, 2010 — Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) is again accepting applications for grants to fund environmental initiatives in communities served by the company. CL&P’s Environmental Community Grant Program funds community and grassroots environmental projects often overlooked by large-grant programs.
The deadline for applications is Thursday, April 15. Grants up to $1,000 will be awarded in June. Eligible projects, such as improving a local wildlife habitat or starting and maintaining a recycling program, help protect or preserve the environment, or teach others the value of doing so.
Recent winners were the Friends of Boulder Knoll, who are using their CL&P grant to make improvements to their community farm on Boulder Road in Cheshire. At Lebanon Regional Agriculture Science and Technology Center, located at Lyman Memorial High School in Lebanon, a maple syrup evaporator has been purchased, thanks to their CL&P grant, and is being used as part of a forestry class curriculum where students learn forestry management as well as the syrup-making process. There are approximately 100 students in the vocational agriculture program.
Applications must be from organizations within CL&P's service territory and should be for initiatives that can be fully funded by the grant without using other funding sources. Projects using funds from other outside sources will not be considered. CL&P’s Environmental Community Grant Program project selection and funding takes place twice a year. Applications that meet the guidelines but are declined this time can be resubmitted later this year.
For more information, or to apply for a grant, call (860) 665-5033 or visit www.nu.com/environmental/grant.asp for an application.
The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) has been part of everyday life in Connecticut for more than 100 years, providing safe and reliable electric service to homes, neighborhoods and businesses. With 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns, CL&P is improving the environments you live in, by offering programs in energy conservation, economic development and environmental stewardship. CL&P is a Northeast Utilities company (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit www.cl-p.com.
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