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To the editor:

Last year in March, the Durham-Middlefield Clean Energy and Sustainability Task Force was trying to figure out how they could make one of their goals for 2013 a possibility. The task force wanted to pilot a composting project at the 2013 Durham Fair to help reduce its carbon footprint. The ideas generated were great but had expenses attached and the task force is not funded so there was a dilemma. The group decided to apply for a grant.

In March, the task force learned of the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation’s grant program, which offers grants to support local projects and programs that promote life-long learning through excellence, innovation and creativity. Susan Michael and Nancy Winship-Poole sat down together, downloaded the CVEF grant application from their website and completed the application for the Durham Fair Composting Project. In May they received the happy news that the DMCESTF received a grant, along with five other worthy projects.

With the seed money from CVEF and hard work and creativity the task force was able to run a successful composting program at the Durham Fair, diverting 1.6 tons of compostables from the waste stream into a composting facility to become soil, a valued resource. And the remaining funds will be used to help pay for some of the needs for year two of the expanding composting program.

I am writing this letter to encourage people or groups who have educational projects to apply for a CVEF grant. Information and applications can be found at: http://www.coginchaugvef.com/CVEF.aspx. The CVEF grant writing workshop for this year is Tuesday, April 1, from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Durham Library. Applications are due May 15.

Susan Michael

Durham-Middlefield Clean Energy & Sustainability Task Force



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