2014-01-17 / Community

Pipeline Co. Offering Community Grants

The company behind the natural gas pipeline that may be installed, if given approval, is offering grants to the community.

The Rockaway Lateral Project, which will consist of a pipeline that runs from Floyd Bennett Field, under Jamaica Bay and Riis Park and out into the ocean, is still under review. However Williams, the company behind the project, has established a fund to benefit the environment and the local communities which will be impacted by the proposed pipeline.

Through the Williams Rockaway Community Grant Program, grants of up to $15,000 per funding cycle will be awarded to certain projects based on community need and impact. The projects that are selected must have some benefit to the community such as emergency/first responder support, youth or senior services, education programs, enhancement of open spaces and park land for recreational enjoyment, assistance in the enrichment of wildlife habitat, promotion of environmental education, purchases of property for preservation of wetlands and wildlife habitat, purchases of property to access public lands, water resources, scenic and wildlife views, and for enhancement or development of active recreational areas or continued relief efforts to rebuild and recover from Hurricane Sandy.

The application for a grant is open as of January 1st. Community organizations can complete and submit the application found online at co.williams.com/williams/operations/gas-pipeline/expansion-projects/transcoexpansion projects/rockaway-lateral-project/rockaway-community-grant-program/. Submissions must be received by February 15th and August 15th. Grant awards will be announced in the spring and fall of each year.

Priority is given to community projects located within the vicinity of Williams’ Rockaway Delivery Lateral project. The project must be started within 12 months of receiving funding. The grant recipients are selected based on community benefits. Projects that have a matching element will be given priority. The project must have a proven capability of completion and success. Up to $15,000 can be requested per funding cycle. The grants cannot go towards wages, administrative costs or planning costs and will not be awarded to religious or political groups.

When applying, be sure to have supporting documentation that can make an application more successful such as budgetary details, work plans, letters of support, photos, proof of 501c3 status and more.

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