Connecticut Light & Power is again accepting applications for grants to fund environmental initiatives in communities served by the company. CL&P's Environmental Community Grant Program funds community and grassroots environmental projects often overlooked by large-grant programs.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 15. Grants up to $1,000 will be awarded in December. Eligible projects, such as improving a local wildlife habitat or starting and maintaining a recycling program, help protect or preserve the environment, or teach others the value of doing so.

Recent winners were The Friendship School, a magnet school serving Waterford and New London, which is using its CL&P grant to make improvements to their outdoor classroom; High Hopes Achievement After School Program at Hartford Public High School, for work developing a 2,000-square-foot bird and butterfly garden at the school; and the New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park in Berlin, for materials as part of an Eagle Scout project to clean up the garden courtyard at the museum.

Applications must be from organizations within CL&P's service territory and should be for initiatives that can be fully funded by the grant without using other funding sources.

Projects using funds from other outside sources will not be considered. CL&P's Environmental Community Grant Program project selection and funding takes place twice a year. Applications that meet the guidelines but are declined this time can be resubmitted next year.

For more information or to apply for a grant call 860-665-5033 or visit www.nu.com/environmental/grant.asp for an application.

The Connecticut Light and Power Company has been part of everyday life in Connecticut for more than 100 years, providing safe and reliable electric service to homes, neighborhoods and businesses. With 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns, CL&P is improving the environments you live in, by offering programs in energy conservation, economic development and environmental stewardship. CL&P is a Northeast Utilities company.

For more information visit www.cl-p.com.