Mayor Carmen F. Amato, Jr., is pleased to announce the Township has received a Clean Communities Grant from the State totaling $121,496.
"I would like to once again thank the State for their commitment in funding this vital grant program," Mayor Amato said.
"The $121,496 Department of Environmental Protection Clean Communities Grant award is good news for Berkeley taxpayers and local non-profit, civic and community groups. The Township will use a portion of this grant to offset salaries of employees that clean and maintain our parks and beaches along with the funding of mini-grants to local non-profit civic and community groups that take advantage of our "Adopt a Spot" or "Adopt a Road" program,” Mayor Amato stated.
The Township instituted some changes in the local program this year. "Adopt a Spot" or "Adopt a Road" locations must be pre-approved through an application process and organizations will be limited to a maximum of two.
Amato added, "This is an effort to accommodate as many local groups as possible and to ensure funds are available for the group."
If the Township has left over funding, groups can re-apply. Any non-profit civic or community group in the township that signs up to participate in our "Adopt a Spot" or "Adopt a Road" project can receive $500 for their organization.
“These clean-ups provide a valuable service in keeping our township clean. The funding also provides for equipment related to the clean-ups, education and enforcement of litter laws. We plan on using some of these groups to help tidy up our streets and areas along the maritime areas where remnants of Super Storm Sandy remain," Mayor Amato said.
Any nonprofit organizations in Berkeley that wants to participate in the program should call Public Works at 732-341-1022.
Mayor Amato added, "It's a Win-Win situation for our Township. Nonprofit community groups take advantage of the funding and the township benefits that we are able to get areas of our town cleaned up."