$102,100 in Community Grants Benefit First Responders, Schools and Townships in Pennsylvania

Oct. 31, 2018

A total of 24 Pennsylvania organizations will benefit this fall from $102,100 in funding from Williams through the company’s semiannual Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant program. Williams awarded up to $10,000 each to eligible organizations in communities where the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project was constructed.

One of the 24 recipients is the Renovo Police Department which will use its $4,400 grant to purchase speed enforcement equipment.

“Our department is very grateful to Williams for this community grant, which will allow us to purchase an electronic non-radar device to enforce highway safety,” said Renovo Police Corporal Mike Jeffries. “We have had a number of serious vehicle accidents within our jurisdiction due to excessive speed, so our hope is that, by enforcing the speed limit with this new equipment, people will slow down, thus causing less serious crashes.”

Another grant recipient is Northumberland County Emergency Management, which plans to use a $7,500 grant to assist in purchasing safety protective equipment for hazmat volunteers.

“Funding for our hazmat team is limited and has declined over the past year, so this support from Williams couldn’t come at a better time,” said Director of Public Safety Stephen Jeffery. “Our volunteers are very grateful to Williams and all the support they give to our first responders.”

Today’s announcement represents the eighth and final grant award cycle. Since the grant program was introduced in 2015, Williams has provided grant awards to 333 organizations across the Atlantic Sunrise project area totaling more than $2.3 million.

This fall’s grant dollars were dispersed in the following broad categories: emergency response ($49,100), education ($17,000) and recreation or community enhancement projects ($36,000).

Fall 2018 Grant Award Recipients:

Clinton County

  • $4,700 to the City of Lock Haven for the purchase of computers for the city’s police department
  • $4,400 to the Renovo Police Department for the purchase of speed enforcement equipment

Columbia County

  • $10,000 to the Columbia County Commissioners to support their bridge project
  • $3,500 to the L.R. Appleman Elementary School for STEAM program materials and supplies focusing on engineering and Robotics
  • $500 to the Montour Township Fire Company to purchase a washing machine
  • $5,000 to the Orangeville Fire Company for equipment upgrades

Lancaster County

  • $5,000 to Blue Rock Fire Rescue for safety equipment
  • $2,500 to Conestoga Township for the purchase of a pool cover
  • $1,500 to the Mastersonville Volunteer Fire Company to construct a flag pole
  • $3,000 to the Mount Joy Township Forest Fire Company for new equipment

Lebanon County

  • $1,000 to Lebanon County to support the Lebanon County Clean Water Alliance educational banner project
  • $3,000 to the Kutztown Community Fire Company to replace outdated equipment
  • $5,000 to the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce the support continued development of its Entrepreneurial Center
  • $2,000 to the Mt. Zion Community Fire Company for safety and medical equipment

Luzerne County

  • $5,000 to the Dallas Area Fall Fair for emergency road and safety equipment
  • $5,000 to the Lehman-Jackson Parent Teacher Organization to support their playground enhancement project

Northumberland County

  • $7,500 to the Northumberland County Emergency Management to support the county Hazmat team
  • $2,500 to the Shamokin Area School District to support the Shamokin Area District Indians Backpack program

Schuylkill County

  • $6,000 to the Minersville Public Library to help replace flooring and install new carpet
  • $5,000 to the Tremont Fire Company No. 1 for emergency operations center upgrades

Susquehanna County

  • $7,500 to the Lenox Township Supervisors for the purchase of an emergency generator


  • $7,500 to the Nicholson Fire Company No. 1 for the purchase of an emergency generator
  • $3,000 to the Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium to support careers for area youth
  • $2,000 to the Wyoming County Cultural Center to support cultural and educational programming

 About Atlantic Sunrise

Placed into service in October 2018, the Atlantic Sunrise project was an approximately $3 billion expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline system designed to connect abundant Marcellus gas supplies with markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S.

About Williams

Williams operates natural gas infrastructure and related facilities which touch about 30% of the natural gas consumed in the U.S. This includes operation of the Transco pipeline, the nation’s largest-volume natural gas transmission pipeline system.

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