Cape May Receives $10,000 Grant for Environmental Protection, Open Space Preservation

By: Jaina Louise Winston, Writer / Follow South Jersey Community Services Intern

CAPE MAY, N.J. — Earlier this year, Atlantic City Electric’s Sustainable Communities Grant Program provided funding to support and maintain a sustainable environment throughout New Jersey communities. Specifically, the Sustainable Jersey Grant allotted $10,000 to Cape May City to support open space, conduct an investigation to identify the causes of flooding, and develop an early warning system to reduce property loss. The grant will support open space preservation, improvements to parks and recreation resources, environmental conservation, and innovative community resiliency projects.

“The City of Cape May is pleased to receive a $10,000 Sustainable Jersey grant to investigate nuisance flooding at Cape Island Creek,” Cape May City Mayor Chuck Lear said in a release. “The area of immediate focus will be the City’s Lafayette Street Park, thus representing the first study of this type on an inland tidal waterway.  The study’s findings will be presented to City Council and may form the basis for a broader consideration of ways to understand mitigation of nuisance flooding and development of future resiliency improvement projects in the City.  We are excited at the prospects of engaging the community from elementary school children and their families to our year-round residents and second homeowners.”

Atlantic City Electric partnered with Sustainable Jersey’s program administrator to provide up to $75,000 in grants annually to allow for funding in open space and environmental projects and resiliency projects across the company’s South Jersey Service area.

“We have a strong commitment to protecting and preserving the environment in the communities we serve,” Melissa Lavinson, the senior vice president of Governmental and External Affairs for Pepco Holdings, said in a release. “Through our new Sustainable Communities Grant Program, we are helping our communities conserve critical open space, support recreational opportunities and build resilience in the face of a changing climate.”

The program will offer grants of up to $10,000 to New Jersey municipalities for projects that focus on open space preservation and maintaining and improving environmental healthiness. Also, the company will provide grants of up to $25,000 to support resiliency projects.

“These grants will encourage municipalities to complete important environmental stewardship and resiliency projects that will make our communities better. Funding sustainability initiatives at the local level will have a ripple effect that will benefit us all,” said Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey.

Interested organizations can submit a grant request and learn more about the Sustainable Communities Grant Program here.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.