FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Environment and Local Government is now accepting applications for funding under the Environmental Trust Fund.

“The fund encourages excellent environmental initiatives that help build a better New Brunswick and benefit our air, land and water resources,” said Environment and Local Government Minister Serge Rousselle. “These projects advance our environmental goals through a locally-driven approach and they also create about 120 jobs each year.”

Revenue for the fund comes from about half of the environmental fee paid on redeemable beverage containers. The fund provides assistance to community groups, organizations, municipalities and institutions for projects that produce tangible, measurable benefits to the environment. Last year, it provided more than $8 million to about 200 projects.

The 2017-18 priority action areas for the fund are:

  • protecting the environment;
  • increasing environmental awareness;
  • managing waste;
  • addressing climate change; and
  • building sustainable communities.

Submissions will be assessed based upon how they address these areas as well as how they contribute to the government’s broader priorities of creating jobs, maintaining fiscal responsibility and helping families.

The application form and additional information are available online. Only online applications will be accepted. The deadline for application is Nov. 30.