DRC and BRRC receive “green” grants from BGE
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 11:02

Groups among nearly 50 to get “green” grants

by Ben Boehl

    The Dundalk Renaissance Corp. (DRC) and  the Back River Restoration Committee (BRRC) will receive much-needed extra cash thanks to Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE).    
    The utility company announced that it is giving over $400,000 in green grants to 10 nonprofit organizations in Baltimore County and nearly 50 statewide in support of environmental stewardship initiatives.
    The DRC’s grant will go toward the group’s Summer 2013 Greening Project.
    Phillip McKnight, Greening Coordinator  at the DRC, said the organization received $3,580 that went toward educational workshops, storm water  stencils, trash bags and rain barrel outreach.
    “This was really an important grant, especially for rain barrels,” McNight said.
    “We had a spike in interest for the rain barrel program, and people started to become interested as the word spread.”
    McNight said that once he found out about the BGE grant, he immediately applied on behalf of the DRC.
    McKnight added that materials can become costly and organizations such as the DRC are looking for ways to offset such costs.
    “I saw it in an e-mail, and that was something we were interested in,” he said. “We appreciate it, and [BGE was] great to work with.”
    The BRRC grant money will go towards its Clean and Green Communities program.
    Dave Bancewicz, who recently took over as new BRRC project manager, said his group received $8,500 from BGE; the money will go towards purchasing supplies.
    “It is a grant that we can use to partner with local schools to promote recycling programs and to plant trees,”  Bancewicz said.
    BGE said that it has contributed more than $2.2 million to 150 charitable organizations throughout central Maryland. The company said this is part of a commitment to environmental stewardship, which led to the launching of the BGE Green Grants program.
    The grants vary in amount from $500 to $10,000 and were awarded for conservation, education, energy efficiency, pollution prevention and community activism. The program is designed specifically for local 501c3 nonprofit organizations committed to making a positive impact on the environment in the central Maryland region.

“BGE has a long-standing commitment to enhancing the communities we serve, whether it is through philanthropic giving or employee volunteer opportunities, and the newly launched Green Grants program represents another way to extend that commitment to our customers,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., senior vice president of regulatory and external affairs at BGE.
    “Importantly, this grant program has the opportunity to make a very visible and positive impact on communities throughout central Maryland.
    “Whether through conservation of green space and habitat preservation and protection, or through community activism such as cleanups and the creation of urban forests or community gardens, these grants will provide the funds to help make these projects both viable and successful.”