Dennis Township, NJ – Dennis Township was awarded a $5,000 grant to support an environmental stewardship project in the community. This funding is made available through Atlantic City Electric’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. Atlantic City Electric, together with its program administrator Sustainable Jersey, have chosen 15 local municipalities to receive $75,000 in funds.

“The Township of Dennis, along with the Environmental Commission, Senior Center, and Public Works, will use these funds to transform a small parcel of township property into a community garden and picnic area,” said Mayor Zeth Matalucci.  “The community picnic garden, complete with picnic tables, benches and raised flower beds, will serve as a gathering place for our residents, employees, associations, and seniors to enjoy for years to come.”

“We are so pleased to join our local communities and to help advance these initiatives that will have a lasting positive impact on our environment,” said Doug Mokoid, region president, Atlantic City Electric. “We are committed to helping our customers and communities achieve our collective climate goals. This program is an extension of that commitment and just one of the many ways we are taking a leadership role in helping to foster a cleaner and safer environment for us all.”

“As we experience the devastating effects of extreme weather and a changing climate on New Jersey communities, these grants support projects that build up local climate resilience and preserve our natural resources,” said Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. “We value our partnership with Atlantic City Electric and the investment is making a difference in a sustainable New Jersey.”

The Sustainable Communities Grant program will provide grants of up to $5,000 each to municipalities for projects focusing on open space preservation, improvements to parks and recreation resources and environmental conservation. The company also will provide up to three grants totaling $25,000 to support resiliency projects. Municipalities in the Atlantic City Electric service area can apply for a Sustainable Communities grant each year. A committee with representatives from Atlantic City Electric and Sustainable Jersey reviews each application and selects the projects to receive funding.

Interested organizations can learn more about the Sustainable Communities Grant Program and how to submit a grant request at atlanticcityelectric.com/SustainableCommunities.