EPA Announces Solid Waste Infrastructure Grants for Recycling Program

Applications Due January 16, 2023

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Image 1 – Phtographic collage of waste stream containing recyclable materials, waste collection containers, and facilities.

The National Association of Counties (NACO) reports that, “the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $55 million in funding under the new Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling (SWIFR) Grant Program, with $40 million available exclusively for political subdivisions of states. The program was authorized in the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act and funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)…which has provided a total of $275 million for the program from FY22 through FY26. Counties are eligible to apply directly to EPA for funding under the program.” (Read more of NACO’s summary of the SWIFR Grant Program here.)

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Now Open: Chesapeake Bay Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Grant Program

Applications Due March 8, 2023

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Image 1 – Logos of the three participating G3 Grant Program Partners.

The Chesapeake Bay Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Grant Program is funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region III, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

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Town of Thurmont Places its First Electric Vehicle and Charging Stations into Service

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Fig. 1 – Thurmont town officials, Becky Long, Jim Hemrick, and Linda Joyce posing with Chevrolet sales reps Doug Martin and Clayton Kennedy in front of the town’s first EV fleet vehicle and charging station.

The Town of Thurmont has placed its first all-electric fleet vehicle (or EV) into service. The 2023 Chevy Bolt was purchased from Criswell Chevrolet in Thurmont in October. The new vehicle is assigned to the Town of Thurmont’s municipal offices and will be used by office staff for administrative functions. Partial funding for the vehicle purchase comes from a Maryland Smart Energy Grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).

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Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum Receives $49,000 Grant to Study Early Twentieth-Century Rural Wallville Community

National Park Service Funds Will Support Historical and Archaeological Study of Rural Community in Calvert County

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The Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM) and the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), both divisions of the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), announced last month receiving a $49,000 grant from the Department of Interior’s National Park Service Civil Rights grant program. The grant will support a historical and archaeological study of Calvert County’s Wallville community.

Following the Civil War, newly emancipated Black Marylanders found themselves negotiating a new world, one filled with both opportunities and constraints in southern Maryland, where freed families formed nearly half the population and yet struggled against efforts to perpetuate systems of labor.

JPPM’s “Witnesses of Wallville: Documenting a Rural Southern Maryland Community” project will, with the help of descendants, articulate the history through a focus on Wallville, exploring how the community’s residents crafted new lives as they confronted racism and bigotry into the mid-twentieth century.

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Hogan Administration Announces More Than $19 Million to Revitalize Historic Buildings

Tax Credits Leverage Projects Expected to Create More Than 1,380 Jobs

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Fig. 1 – Photo showing the Fidelity Building located on North Charles Street, Baltimore City.

The Hogan administration announced earlier this month that the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), a division of the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), has awarded 16 projects more than $19 million in revitalization tax credits, leveraging more than $92 million in additional investment

The Historic Revitalization Tax Credit, administered by MHT, has invested more than $465 million in Maryland rehabilitation projects since 1996. The investments have helped make improvements to 5,331 homeowner and 825 commercial historic structures, preserving buildings that contribute to the distinct character of Maryland’s towns, cities, and rural areas.

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