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WMA Plans Informational Meetings on Grants

April 13, 2009 — The V.I. Waste Management Authority this week will hold meetings on all three islands to introduce its Community Enrichment Grant Program.
The meetings begin Wednesday at Waste Management's office in Williams Delight, St. Croix. On Thursday, the meeting will take place at the Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute on St. Thomas. The meetings wrap up Friday at Julius E. Sprauve School auditorium on St. John. All begin at 6 p.m.
"We're going to go through the application process and answer questions," said Waste Management spokesman Stella Saunders.
Waste Management has $50,000 for each island for the grants. The grants will fund opportunities for youth groups and schools, as well as non-profit, community and civic groups to develop environmental-improvement programs.
The projects should encourage beautification and resource recovery, including recycling and composting, litter abatement, public education, planting of trees and shrubs, cleanups and other similar projects.
The grant program is a revitalization of one that began with Waste Management's predecessor, the Anti-litter and Beautification Commission, Saunders said.
Applications will be available at all Waste Management offices starting April 20. They will be accepted until May 22. Successful applicants will be notified of their selections by June 5.
For more information, call Waste Management's Communications Management Office at 712-4950 or 712-4951.
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