FREDERICTON (CNB) – Applications for funding under the Environmental Trust Fund are now being accepted for 2012-13 by the Department of Environment. The application deadline is Dec. 16.

"Every year the provincial government is pleased to partner, through the fund, with many environmental groups, municipalities, non-profit organizations and institutions on projects and initiatives that are going to restore, protect and improve air, land and water resources around New Brunswick," said Environment Minister Margaret-Ann Blaney.

Last year, the Environmental Trust Fund provided about $4 million to 190 projects.

Funding priorities for the upcoming fiscal year fall into five categories and have been identified as:

Environmental management

Examples: Conservation/protection activities related to natural resources including water, air, coastlines and wetlands. Projects aimed at conserving ecosystem biodiversity and watershed initiatives.

Outreach, education and engagement

Examples: Environmental education/awareness initiatives related to any of the 2012-13 priority areas. Co-operative partnerships that are provincial in scope, or programs that may be applied provincially, are encouraged. Educational projects/components could be delivered, for example, through educational institutions, youth-based organizations and community groups.

Recycling, waste reduction and waste management

Examples: Innovative waste reduction/management activities, environmental stewardship, enhancement of recycling programs, litter abatement and recycling initiatives within educational institutions.

Energy efficiency/alternative energy

Examples: Assessment and promotion of new technologies, community-based transportation emissions reduction, quantification and offset opportunities and renewable energy/fuels.

Sustainable community development

Examples: Integrated planning and green development plans. Development in light of climate change (risks and vulnerabilities, impacts and adaptation, trends and observations).

The fund provides assistance to community groups, organizations, municipalities and business-improvement areas for projects that produce tangible, measurable benefits to the environment.

Application forms and additional information about the Environmental Trust Fund including priority areas, project criteria and the application review process, are available online or by calling 506-444-2654.


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