FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Environment and Local Government will accept applications for funding under the Environmental Trust Fund beginning on Nov. 1.

“The projects from the Environmental Trust Fund encourage environmental initiatives that help build a better New Brunswick and fall in line with our government’s priorities of fiscal responsibility, job creation and helping families,” said Environment and Local Government Minister Serge Rousselle. “They also generate about 120 jobs each year for university students, seasonal workers and full-time employees.”

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 $8.4 million to about 200 projects. Money for the fund comes from about half of the environmental fees paid on redeemable beverage containers.

The 2018-19 priority action areas for the fund are:

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

Submissions will be assessed based upon how they address these areas.

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