According to the grant’s guidelines, a Green Community can elect to apply for only a portion of its grant funds at this time if additional audits or studies are required. But in order to access the funds at all, the town must first submit its request to the state no later than Jan. 29.
No more than 10 percent of the grant may be used to fund administrative costs. All proposed projects should be completed within approximately one year from contract execution, the guidelines state.
The town will also receive four 12-by-18-inch signs announcing its newly achieved Green Community status for placement around the community. And West Newbury will soon be profiled on the web page “Faces of Green Communities” found on the state’s Mass.gov website.
“From the tip of Cape Cod to the Berkshires, Green Communities such as yours are pursuing their own unique pathways to a clean, sustainable, and more economical energy future,” wrote Meg Lusardi, director Green Communities Division, in a letter of congratulations sent to selectmen chairman Bert Knowles Jr. late last month.
To maintain this hard-earned status, the town must send the DOER a report by Nov. 30 each year detailing its progress and continued compliance with the criteria required to achieve the special designation.