TransCanada has entered into a Community Host Agreement that will provide the Town of Greater Napanee with $2 million in community project funding over the next 20 years. The Agreement also includes a set of benefits and commitments associated with TransCanada’s Napanee Generating Station (NGS). To apply for community project funding visit the Town of Greater Napanee website.
First grants awarded
The Community Development Committee – a Committee comprised of two representatives from TransCanada and two from the Town of Greater Napanee – has now awarded the first grants from the $2 million TransCanada Community Development Fund.
Each grant is unique but meets both the community priorities identified in the Napanee District Community Foundation’s Vital Signs study and aligns with one or more of TransCanada’s corporate focus areas: safety, community and environment. Details on each grant are outlined below.
With this funding, there is still approximately $160-$225,000 available from the $400,000 Community Development Fund allocated to this term of Council.
L&A Community Bike Shop
The Community Bike Shop collects used bicycles, repairs them and redistributes free of charge to anyone in need. The funding will assist the organization in purchasing bike parts, lubricants, tools and will also provide helmets to children.
J.J. O’Neill Elementary School
J.J. O’Neill Elementary School provides quality education to children in Napanee and the surrounding area. The grant will help to replace basketball nets and install a play structure in the school’s open concept yard, which is available for neighbourhood use after school hours.
Hospice Lennox & Addington
This organization assists and supports clients, caregivers and families living with life threatening illnesses and offers bereavement care after loss. The grant will help to create local drop-in support groups and enhance existing family support programs.
Rotary Club of Napanee
This service group works together for the benefit of the community, and in support of the international community service initiatives of Rotary International. The awarded funding will aid in the development of an accessible playground at Rotary Park, which is a focal point of activity and healthy living for children of all ages.
In addition to the community funding commitment, other key highlights of the Agreement include:
- A commitment to reimburse the Town for NGS development and construction-related expenses;
- A commitment to provide qualified Town residents with employment, contracting and supplier opportunities.
- A commitment to develop, construct and operate NGS to meet or exceed all applicable regulatory standards and contractual commitments; and
- Two full scholarships for eligible local high school graduates who have received admission offers from the Power Engineering program at Cambrian College.
Also, to ensure communication and engagement between TransCanada and the community, a Community Liaison Committee, comprised of members from the community, and a Construction Coordination Committee involving the Town, County and Township staffs and applicable agencies involved in NGS will also be established.