PITTSBURGH, Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Fire departments, schools, libraries and townships are a few of the 40 Pennsylvania organizations that will receive more than $350,000 in funding this fall from Williams (NYSE: WMB) through its bi-annual community grant program. Grants up to $10,000 per applicant are being awarded by Williams to eligible organizations in communities where the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project would be constructed and operated.
One of the 40 recipients is the Dallas School District in Luzerne County, which plans to use its $7,500 grant to offer a new, innovative welding course to students.
"The support we're receiving from Williams will be used to help us kick off a 'welding 101' course at Dallas High School which we will offer to both our day-students and community members in the evening," said Jason Rushmer, Dallas High School Principal. "We will be the first area school to offer this type of course which will help train welders for entering the workforce, especially the energy-related field that are in such close proximity to our district."
Another recipient is the Conestoga Volunteer Fire Company, which is using its $10,000 grant to contribute toward replacing its existing fire engine.
"These dollars will go a long way towards helping us reach our goal of purchasing a new fire engine," said Troy Bresch, president of the Conestoga Volunteer Fire company. "The new technology available today will make our firefighters more effective in responding to incidents by working with a new engine versus technology from 1990. Williams' generous financial support is greatly appreciated by our Conestoga firefighters."
Today's announcement represents the fourth grant award cycle since the Atlantic Sunrise community grant program was initiated in 2015. Since then, Williams has announced total awards of more than $1.46 million across the 10-county Atlantic Sunrise project area.
Two cycles of Atlantic Sunrise grant awards are announced each year (spring and fall). This cycle's grant dollars were dispersed in the following broad categories: emergency response ($222,717), education ($51,700) and recreation or community enhancement projects ($76,000).
Grant applications can be completed online at www.williams.com/atlanticsunrise. Applications must be received by March 1 and September 1.
Williams Grant Award Recipients:
- Woolrich Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 – Amkus rescue tool. Grant award: $10,000
- Renovo Borough – In-car police video cameras. Grant award: $6,000
- Millville Borough Police Department – Computer server. Grant award: $10,000
- Benton Area Rodeo Association – Repairs and improvements. Grant award: $9,000
- Aristes Fire Company No. 1 – New SCBA cylinders. Grant award: $10,000
- Millville Community Fire Company – New SCBA cylinders. Grant award: $10,000
- Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble – Light board replacement. Grant award: $3,000
- Millville Area Zone Emergency Management Agency – Radios and safety vests. Grant award: $9,217
- Orangeville Borough – Restore borough playground. Grant award: $5,000
- Drumore Township -- Community park enhancements. Grant award: $10,000
- Mt. Joy Township Forest Fire Company – Wildland firefighting UTV. Grant award: $10,000
- Southern Regional Police Department – In-car police video cameras. Grant award: $10,000
- Lancaster Township Fire Department – Command vehicle project. Grant award: $10,000
- Conestoga Volunteer Fire Company – Fire engine replacement. Grant award: $10,000
- Lampeter Fire Company No. 1 – Upgrade exterior lighting, replace siren. Grant award: $10,000
- Hebron Hose Company No. 1 – Update firefighting equipment. Grant award: $10,000
- Prescott Community Fire Company – Safety gear and ladders. Grant award: $10,000
- Neversink Fire Company – Foam upgrade. Grant award: $10,000
- Palmyra Public Library – Information technology lab. Grant award: $8,000
- Dallas School District – Welding 101 course. Grant award: $7,500
- Back Mountain Memorial Library – Enrichment touch screen computer. Grant award: $8,200
- Harding Fire Company – Turnout gear replacement. Grant award: $10,000
- Kistler Elementary – STEM classes. Grant award: $6,000
- Lake Township – Emergency battery backup system for traffic lights. Grant award: $7,500
- Willing Hand Hose Company of Montoursville – Hydraulic rescue tool. Grant award: $10,000
- City Softball League – Tate field improvement. Grant award: $6,500
- Foundation of the Williamsport / Lycoming Chamber of Commerce – Safety barricades. Grant award: $5,000
- Economic Community Growth Corporation – 6th annual science festival. Grant award: $5,000
- Liberty Hose Company – Fire equipment. Grant award: $10,000
- Shamokin Emergency Squad – Replace Jaws of Life. Grant award: $10,000
- Northumberland County Career and Technology Center—Sunrise-Cabot bakery. Grant award: $10,000
- Pine Grove Community Ambulance Association – Radios. Grant award: $10,000
- Pine Grove Township – Emergency management radios. Grant award: $7,500
- West End Hose Company No. 7 – Personal safety gear. Grant award: $10,000
- Schuylkill County Fire Historical Society – Museum roof. Grant award: $10,000
- Schuylkill Hose Company No. 2 – Emergency tower equipment. Grant award: $10,000
- North Tier Industry & Education Consortium – Youth apprenticeships. Grant award: $7,000
- Meshoppen Volunteer Fire Company –AED replacement. Grant award: $10,000
- Factoryville Borough – Community park equipment. Grant award: $10,000
- Tunkhannock Baseball Association – Scoreboard project. Grant award: $10,000
About Atlantic Sunrise
The Atlantic Sunrise project is a proposed expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline system in eastern Pennsylvania designed to transport enough natural gas to serve approximately 7 million homes. The design and construction of the project is projected to generate approximately $1.6 billion in positive economic impact, according to a study authored by researchers at Pennsylvania State University.
Williams operates the Transco pipeline, which consists of more than 10,000 miles of pipe and provides about one-third of the natural gas consumed in Pennsylvania. Williams operates pipelines and related facilities which handle about 30% of the nation's natural gas.
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