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New Brunswick Accepting Applications for Environmental Trust Fund

By Todd Westcott 08:11AM November 02, 2018

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New Brunswick’s Department of Environment and Local Government is now accepting applications for funding under the Environmental Trust Fund.

“The Environmental Trust Fund is a long-standing and successful program that encourages environmental initiatives that help build a better New Brunswick for today and for tomorrow,” said Environment and Local Government Minister Andrew Harvey. “The local projects also generate jobs each year for many university students, as well as seasonal and full-time employees.”

The fund provides assistance to community groups, organizations, First Nations, municipalities and institutions for projects that produce tangible, measurable benefits to the environment. Last year it provided more than $8.4 million to about 225 projects. Money for the fund comes from about half of the environmental fees paid on redeemable beverage containers.

The 2019–20 priority action areas for the fund are:

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

Initiatives that protect the environment through addressing “water, air, coastlines, and wetlands” and those that respond to climate change through “…risks and vulnerabilities, impacts and adaptation, and trends and observations,” would be ideal candidates.

The province has stated that submissions will be assessed based on their merit and how they address these areas.

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

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