SALEM - The local United Way Services of Columbiana County was one of two United Way organizations in Ohio receiving a Bluegrass Pipeline Community Grant Program award.
Wendell Hunt, the local outreach business partner for Strategic Services and Administration for Williams, the pipeline's parent company, made the presentation Wednesday to four United Way board members, Melody Blazer, Eloise Traina, Roger Hack and George W.S. Hays.
Seven organizations received a total of $42,000 for the first round of grants to fund projects that directly benefit counties traversed by the pipeline project. Grants of up to $25,000 per year are awarded based on community need.
The Bluegrass Pipeline will transport NGLs (natural gas liquids) such as propane, butane, ethane and natural gasoline which are used in home heating, cooking, motor fuels, plastics production and industrial energy from western Pennsylvania and West Virginia and through 15 Ohio counties, including Mahoning, Columbiana and Carroll in northeast Ohio. The pipeline is initially expected to transport 200,000 barrels a day and upwards of 400,000 barrels a day after 2015.
Hunt said, "Bluegrass is proud to support each of these organizations in Ohio and their worthy projects."?Hunt said, "We are committed to being a strong member of the communities where we operate and look forward to providing continued support in the future."
The money can be used for first responders, emergency and safety preparedness, youth and senior services, education programs, economic development, enhancement of open spaces and park land for recreation, enrichment of wildlife habitat, promotion of environmental education and preservation of wetlands and wildlife habitat.
Hunt said first responders have priority in the process along with emergency and safety preparedness organizations, youth and senior services and education services. Other projects funded include economic development, enhancement of open spaces and park land for recreation, enrichment of wildlife habitat, promotion of environmental education and preservation of wetlands and wildlife habitat.
The next deadline is Jan. 31 and there are several opportunities in 2014 to apply for grants at bluegrasspipeline.com/community-grants. Hays said he read about the grant program in the Salem News in August.
The United Way of Guernsey and Noble Counties annual campaign was the other United Way organization receiving one of the 24 grants totaling $178,000 in counties along the pipeline project route.
Other grant recipients include the National Wild Turkey Federation/Ohio State Chapter to save the habitat and save the hunt, the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Company for personal protective equipment, the Muskingum County EMA/LEPC for its page project, the Belle Valley Volunteer Fire Department for a backup power supply and Helping Appalachian Rural Peoples (HARP) for its Appalachian Solutions.
Questions about the program can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than half of the proposed 1,100 mile route will consist of existing pipeline that will be converted to become part of the Bluegrass Pipeline.
Williams is a leading energy infrastructure company in North America and for more information visit: www.williams.com.
The United Way of Northern Columbiana County has a campaign goal of $214,375 for 2014. Hack said the Bluegrass Pipeline gift is an important part of its total campaign that provides money for the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts of America, Camp Fire and other organizations like the Family Recovery Center.