Constitution Pipeline Company has announced the recipients of the third cycle of its Constitution Pipeline Community Grant program, awarding 20 grants totaling more than $350,000 to benefit local communities within the counties traversed by the proposed pipeline project.
The company awarded nearly $700,000 in grants last year, bringing the total announced awards to more than $1,000,000.
An advisory committee consisting of community leaders and company representatives helped determine which projects would receive funding and how the dollars would be distributed.
Grants were awarded based on overall community need and merit of the proposal. Examples of eligible projects included emergency/first responder support, youth or senior services, education programs, assistance in the enrichment of wildlife habitat and promotion of environmental education.
"We are very pleased with the opportunity to assist in funding this innovative, diverse collection of community projects," said Matt Swift, Constitution Pipeline project manager.
"Constitution Pipeline is committed to being a good neighbor by putting safety, environmental stewardship and community support at the heart of our operations."
Constitution Pipeline plans to distribute grant awards twice per year, with the next funding cycle's deadline scheduled for September 30.
Grant applications can be completed online at www.constitutionpipeline.com.
Third cycle grant recipients: Summary by county
•Broome County: Five grants for a total of $63,400.
•Chenango County: Two grants for a total of $50,000.
•Delaware County: Four grants for a total of $95,000.
•Schoharie County: Five grants for a total of $97,000.
•Susquehanna County: Three grants for a total of $68,258.
•Windsor Emergency Services, safety equipment upgrade, $25,000.
•Boy Scout Troop 199, year round camper project, $1,500.
•Town of Sanford, purchase "rubber tire excavator" to assist with ditching and drainage along town roads, $20,000.
•Broome County Health Department, Community Traffic Safety Education Project, $13,150.
•Susquehanna Emergency Medical Services Corps, partnership designed to help rural EMS agencies sustain critical services, $3,750.
•VFW Post 3529, repair and upgrade building, $25,000.
•Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County, plastic recycling holding facility, $25,000.
•Delaware County Sheriff's Office, automatic external defibrillator unit fundraiser, $20,000.
•Town of Harpersfield, equipment for snowplow truck, $20,000.
•Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, web-site upgrade, $15,000.
•Delaware County Local Development Corporation, fund project that focuses on new entrepreneurial development throughout Delaware County, $15,000.
•Sidney Center Fire District, assist in funding the new Sidney Center Fire Station, $25,000.
•Richmondville Volunteer Emergency Squad, purchase a power pro stretcher, $12,000.
•Iroquois Indian Museum, contribute to project to expand the museum's educational capabilities through the construction of a cover for outdoor amphitheater, $20,000.
•St. Mark's After School Program, playground for after school program, $20,000.
•Town of Wright Fire District, EMS vehicle replacement, $25,000.
•Cobleskill Fire Department, SCBA replacement, $25,000.
Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
•Susquehanna County Free Library Association, computers for the library, $20,000.
•Harford Volunteer Fire Company Ambulance, Ambulance 5 replacement project, $25,000.
•Montrose Minute Men Inc., provide a Polaris Brutus to deliver emergency medical services to citizens of Susquehanna County, $23,258.
The mission of the Constitution Pipeline Community Grant Program is to identify and help fund noteworthy projects that directly benefit the surrounding communities.
Each eligible organization may request up to $25,000 per funding cycle.
Applications must be for projects within counties in close proximity to the proposed Constitution Pipeline. Priority will be given to projects within towns traversed by the pipeline route. Project must be started within 12 months of receiving funding.