December 17, 2014
(WYOMISSING, PA) – PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC, recently announced the first 10 awards through the Community Connector Grant Program, marking a $50,000 investment in Pennsylvania and New Jersey communities.
Specific projects benefitting from the awards range from new fire engines and rescue equipment to playground installation. Recipients are: Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company; Bear Creek & Buck Township Ambulance Association; Bear Creek Township Volunteer Hose Company; Durham Township; Holland Township Volunteer Fire Company; Kingwood Township Volunteer Fire Department; Northmoreland Township Volunteer Fire Company; Palmerton Memorial Park Association; Southeastern Volunteer Fire Company; and Towamensing Volunteer Fire Company.
“The response to our Community Connector Grant Program has been tremendous,” said Alisa Harris, who heads government and community affairs for PennEast. “PennEast is proud to support these important initiatives that strengthen our communities and enhance our quality of life. We look forward to the next round of applications and continuing to make a difference in the communities we serve.”
Grants of $5,000 maximum are awarded to non-profit organizations on the basis of need, fulfillment of program guidelines and proximity to the proposed PennEast Pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Community Connector grant program is designed to:
- Support first responders and emergency management;
- Improve community safety;
- Conserve important local habitat;
- Enhance open space, recreational areas and wildlife habitat;
- Preserve community culture and heritage; and
- Support environmental and/or energy education programs.
For additional information on the Community Connector Grant Program and eligibility requirements, visit http://penneastpipeline.com/community-investment. Applications for the next round of grants must be received by December 31, 2014.
The PennEast Pipeline is an approximately 108-mile, 36-inch natural gas pipeline that will deliver approximately 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. The pipeline will originate in Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania and end at Transco’s pipeline interconnection near Mercer County, New Jersey. AGL Resources; NJR Pipeline Company; PSEG Power LLC; South Jersey Industries; Spectra Energy Partners; and UGI Energy Services (UGIES) form the PennEast Pipeline Company.