Townships May Receive $10K for Open Space Projects through Green Region Grant Program
MEDIA, Pa., August 31, 2020 – Applications are now being accepted for its Green Region Open Space grant program, which Natural Lands administers. The program, now in its 16th year, awards grants of up to $10,000 to eligible municipalities and recreation authorities within PECO’s service area. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2020.
Over the years, numerous municipalities, regional recreational authorities, and nonprofits in southeastern Pennsylvania have undertaken a variety of open space projects. Recognizing the importance of these initiatives, PECO has partnered with Natural Lands to provide grants to assist in these efforts.
Eligible applicants include municipalities and regional recreational authorities within PECO’s suburban service territory, which includes portions of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and York counties. Within the City of Philadelphia, eligible applicants are limited to incorporated nonprofit organizations.
The grants are to be used with other funding sources to cover expenses related to open space projects, such as consulting fees, trail construction, land acquisition, habitat improvement, and the cost of creating and implementing an open space plan.
“Through the PECO Green Region program we have awarded more than $2.3 million to execute nearly 300 projects since the program’s inception in 2004,” said Romona Riscoe Benson, PECO’s director of corporate and community relations. “We urge townships to apply for their planned open space projects, and hope that PECO Green Region funds will make a real difference as communities work to preserve and protect farmland, watersheds, parks, and trails for this and future generations.”
To learn more and apply, visit natlands.org/greenregion. Or contact Estelle Wynn Dolan, program administrator, at 610-353-5587 ext. 213 or email@example.com.
Natural Lands is dedicated to preserving and nurturing nature’s wonders while creating opportunities for joy and discovery in the outdoors for everyone. As the Greater Philadelphia region’s oldest and largest land conservation organization, Natural Lands—which is member supported—has preserved more than 125,000 acres, including 43 nature preserves and one public garden totaling more than 23,000 acres. Nearly five million people live within five miles of land under the organization’s protection. Land for life, nature for all. natlands.org.
PECO, founded in 1881, is Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PECO delivers energy to more than 1.6 million electric customers and more than 516,000 natural gas customers in southeastern, Pennsylvania. The company’s 2,700 employees are dedicated to the safe and reliable delivery of electricity and natural gas as well as enhanced energy management conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. PECO is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s only Fortune 100 utility and leading competitive energy provider. For more information visit PECO.com and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
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