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Apex making grants available for community efforts in Barre, Orleans County

Posted 31 March 2020 at 8:42 am

Press Release, Apex Clean Energy 

ALBION – Apex Clean Energy is announcing the launch of the Heritage Wind Community Grant Program. The program will award funds to organizations and projects in the Town of Barre and Orleans County.

One of Heritage Wind’s primary goals is to be a strong community partner and establish long-term relationships with local residents. At a time when community organizations may see an increased need for supportive services, the Community Grant Program will enable Heritage Wind to contribute towards pressing community needs and make a meaningful impact.

“This is a difficult time for all New Yorkers and we want to step up and do what we can to support both short-term needs and long-term investments in Barre and Orleans County,” said Carmen O’Keefe, Project Developer for Heritage Wind, and a Western New York native. “This grant program gives us a meaningful way to support the things that this community decides it needs most.”

Grants will be available to any individual, group, or organization working within the Town of Barre and Orleans County to make a positive difference in one or more of four key areas that align with the core values of Apex Clean Energy:

1) Building Healthy Communities: Programs that support public health, good government, open communication, citizen resources, and/or enhance the quality of life in the community. Applicants must demonstrate how the program or event contributes to these social goals.

2) Economic Development: Apex Clean Energy supports and encourages the entrepreneurial spirit. It is part of our mission to serve as a catalyst for economic opportunity and development within the communities where we operate.

3) Environmental Sustainability: Programs that possess a strong link to environmental revitalization, sustainability, or education thereof, empower residents to be stewards of the environment, and/or encourage partnerships to address environmental concerns and sustainability. Participating organizations must have a credible record of success in environmental performance.

4) Promoting Education: Programs that support educational institutions, the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and training programs for careers in the wind industry. This may include curriculum development, literacy, school readiness, and other initiatives that help students grow into young leaders. Vocational training institutions that help build a skilled workforce are also included and encouraged to apply.

When filling out your application, please be as detailed as grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis for the remainder of 2020, with $4,000 in grants available per funding cycle. Applicants should be non-profit organizations that are making an impact in the listed areas of focus.

The application period for the first round of community grants will close on April 30, though grants may be awarded prior to that date based on need. While not all applicants will receive support in the program’s first cycle, priority will be given to grants that demonstrate meaningful ways of achieving their stated objective and make a positive difference in the lives of the greatest number of area residents.

For more information on how to apply, click here.

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