East Texas Communities Foundation announces grant program

Published on Thursday, 14 November 2013 17:27 - Written by From Staff Reports

East Texas Communities Foundation announced on Thursday the establishment of the TransCanada Charitable Fund, a $125,000 program that will provide grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations in 18 East Texas counties over the next four years.

“East Texas Communities Foundation is pleased to support TransCanada’s charitable initiatives for the East Texas region by administering a grant application process to identify and select meaningful projects,” said ETCF President Kyle Penney in a news release. “This charitable fund is a win-win for ETCF and TransCanada. This fund helps ETCF meet our mission of simplifying charitable giving for individuals and organizations in East Texas; and it supports the efforts of a global corporation to make a meaningful impact in the communities in which they do business.”

The fund is designed to help improve East Texas communities and the lives of its residents through grants of up to $5,000 to qualifying nonprofit organizations in the counties where TransCanada pipeline operations and projects exist.

Projects and programs must fall within three charitable categories including community, safety and the environment.

Eligible counties include: Angelina, Chambers, Cherokee, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Hardin, Harris, Hopkins, Jefferson, Lamar, Liberty, Nacogdoches, Polk, Rusk, Smith, Upshur and Wood.

“We’re pleased to establish the TransCanada Charitable Fund that will contribute to the well-being of East Texas residents,” said Corey Goulet, vice president of Keystone Pipeline Projects, in the release. “At TransCanada, being a good neighbor and contributing to communities is an integral part of our success. The establishment of the fund is another example of our commitment to long-term community investment and our dedication to the people of East Texas.”

The Winnsboro Community Foundation will also be assisting with the evaluation and selection of projects, according to the release.

Tyler Chamber of Commerce Chief Operating Officer Henry Bell wasn’t surprised at the generosity of an East Texas business, he said.

“We welcome the opportunity to celebrate with our members the announcement of this charitable grant program,” he said in the news release. “East Texas businesses are known for their strong support of charities in our communities and we are pleased to see one of our newest members engaging in this effort.”

Qualifying organizations may find more detailed information and apply online via the Nonprofits/Grant Information tab on the East Texas Communities Foundation website atwww.etcf.org . Call Mary Lynn Smith at 903-533-0208 for more information. Deadline for grant applications is Dec. 6.