HARRISBURG, Pa., April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Fire departments, schools, parks and townships are a few of the 44 Pennsylvania organizations that will receive $326,800 in funding this spring from Williams 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 44 recipients is the Borough of Quarryville, which will use its $10,000 grant to update a playground at Huffnagle Park to increase its accessibility and make it more inclusive.
"Our goal is to increase the accessibility of the Huffnagle Park playground by providing innovative features such as an adapted swing, poured-in-place rubber surfacing and an adapted see-saw," said Project Co-Director Maria Peiffer. "This grant from Williams is going to help make it possible for all children in this area to have a safe, inclusive place to play."
Another recipient is the Friendship Fire Company in Lebanon, which plans to use its $10,000 grant to purchase state-of-the-art rescue equipment.
"We have a lot of older rescue equipment that desperately needs updating," said Captain Robert Donley, Friendship Fire Company. "This support is going to allow us to purchase newer, modern rescue equipment that will help us be more effective in our local emergency response activities. Our entire fire company is very grateful for this grant."
Today's announcement represents the fifth grant award cycle since the program was initiated in 2015. Since then, Williams has announced total awards of more than $1.79 million across the entire 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 ($151,200), education ($55,600) and recreation or community enhancement projects ($120,000).
Grant applications can be completed online at www.williams.com/atlanticsunrise. Applications must be received by March 1 and September 1.
Spring 2017 Grant Award Recipients:
- Lock Haven/ Flemington Little League Baseball – AED's for Baseball. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- Nittany Valley Volunteer Fire Company – Hose Upgrade Project. Grant Award: $9,250.00
- Columbia County 4-H Livestock Club – Livestock Scale. Grant Award: $5,000.00
- Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School – Pipe Welding , Grant Award:, $10,000.00
- L.R.Appleman Elementary School – iPads for Learning: Integrating Math and Science All Curriculums. Grant Award., $3,800.00
- Orangeville Community Fire Co. – SCBA Bottles. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- Roaring Creek Valley Emergency Management Agency – To Obtain an Emergency Generator. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- The Children's Museum – Combating Teen Disinterest in STEAM Subjects. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- Countryside Conservancy – Countryside Conservancy Trolley Trail Phase 3. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- Borough of Quarryville – Huffnagle Park: Play for All Inclusive Playground. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- Conestoga Township – Road Equipment. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- Fire Department Mount Joy, Inc. – Gas Detector Replacement. Grant Award: $2,300.00
- Liberty Warbird Association – Restoration of Huey823. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- Mastersonville Volunteer Fire Company – EMS Services. Grant Award: $6,000.00
- Wakefield Ambulance Association – Wakefield EMS Advanced Equipment Upgrade. Grant Award: $4,000.00
- Citizens Fire Company of Avon – Air Cleaners. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- County of Lebanon Hazmat – Hazmat PPE Replacement Fund. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- Friendship Fire Company – Rescue Equipment. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- Lawn Volunteer Fire Company – LFC Protective Equipment. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- Children's Service Center – Socialization and Development Campership Program. Grant Award: $5,000.00
- Commission on Economic Opportunity of Luzerne County – Weinberg Regional Food Bank. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- Dallas Township Police – Video Cameras. Grant Award: $5,000.00
- Exeter Fire Department – Rescue Equipment. Grant Award: $5,000.00
- Lehman Township – Four New Radios. Grant Award: $3,600.00
- Luzerne County Fair – Pedestrian Lighting. Grant Award: $5,000.00
- Northeast PA Educational Television Association – WVIA's PBS Kids in the Classroom. Grant Award: $5,000.00
- Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA – 2017 Special Needs Resident Camp. Grant Award: $5,000.00
- Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 – Mutual Operations Repeater Project. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- Lycoming College – Center for Energy and the Future Inaugural Speaker Series. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- Lycoming County Sheriff's Office – Lycoming County Sheriff's Office Repeater Project. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- City of Shamokin – Community Pool Renovation Project. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- East Cameron Township Volunteer Fire Company – Equipment Upgrade. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- Elysburg Fire Department – Air Monitoring/Breathing Equipment. Grant Award: $8,500.00
- Educational and Scientific Trust of the Simon Kramer Cancer Institute – Open Space Track and Trail. Grant Award: $5,000.00
- Hegins-Hubley Elementary School – Inclusive Playground Project. Grant Award: $5,000.00
- Mahantongo Environmental Club – STEM Inspired Playground. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- Pine Grove Hose Hook and Ladder Co. #1 – Portable Radio Communications Project. Grant Award: $9,800.00
- Great Bend Hose Company #1 – UTV Trailer. Grant Award: $2,750.00
- Northern Tier Industry and Education Consortium, Inc. – Careers for Area Youth. Grant Award: $5,000.00
- Eaton Township – Eaton Township Bicentennial. Grant Award: $5,000.00
- Tunkhannock Area School District – The Social Club. Grant Award: $1,500.00
- Tunkhannock Middle School – Tunkhannock Area Middle School Care Closet. Grant Award: $5,300.00
- Tunkhannock Township – Lazybrook Park Pavilion. Grant Award: $10,000.00
- Tunkhannock Township Police Department – Modernization of Investigation Tools. Grant Award: $5,000.00
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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