Apex approves 4 community grants for $8,500 total

Posted 7 October 2022 at 5:28 pm

Press Release, Apex Clean Energy

ALBION – Apex Clean Energy and Heritage Wind are pleased to announce that four organizations have been awarded grants as part of the Heritage Wind Community Grant Program.

The 2022 grant program invited local organizations to apply for funds supporting four types of activities: building healthy communities, promoting education, encouraging economic development, and sustaining the environment.

The grant recipients for this cycle are the Town of Barre, the Cobblestone Society & Museum, Orleans Koinonia Kitchen, and the Orleans County Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

“I’m so proud of the work we’ve done over the years to make Heritage Wind a part of the Orleans County community,” said Carmen O’Keefe, senior development manager for Heritage Wind. “As we get closer to this project and its many benefits becoming a reality, it’s great to find even more ways to support organizations doing critical work for this community.”

The grant awards include:

  • Town of Barre – $4,000
  • Orleans Koinonia Kitchen – $2,500
  • Cobblestone Society and Museum – $2,000
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association – $2,000

“The Town of Barre is grateful for the continued support and generosity of Apex Clean Energy,” said Jason Foote, Town of Barre Park director. “This grant money will be used to help us achieve our goal of updating the existing playground equipment and making the Town of Barre Park more family friendly.”

“The Cobblestone Society & Museum is proud of its 60-year heritage of historic preservation in Orleans County and beyond. However, we are not stopping very long to look back because we have an exciting new plan laid out for the future,” said the museum’s director, Doug Farley. “With the purchase of the historic circa 1830 brick home (formerly known as Fair Haven Treasures) directly across from the Cobblestone Museum, we look forward to expanding our community engagement through the addition of a Cobblestone Welcome Center to our campus of historic buildings. A Media Center within the Welcome Center will provide visitors with video introductions to the museum campus buildings and exhibits, as well as general historic overviews of the immediate area, Orleans County, and the region.”

“We do what we do because there are people in this world who need a little help, and that’s where we come in, but we could never do it without the help and support of the community and donators like Heritage Wind,” said Faith Smith, director of Orleans Koinonia Kitchen.

“We are so grateful for the generous grant from Heritage Wind toward the Orleans County Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Lynn Westcott, senior director of development for the Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “Heritage Wind’s support of the Walk will have a positive impact on the people in Orleans County who live with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia and those who care for them, as this event funds the many free support groups, education programs, and other services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, such as our 24/7 helpline.” The helpline can be reached at (800) 272-3900.

These grant awardees join a list of other Orleans County organizations that have been approved for grants from Apex, including Orleans Community Health, the Albion Betterment Committee, the Town of Barre Historical Society, COVA, ARC of Genesee and Orleans, and many others.