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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published September 16, 2013

BGE Kicks Off 2013 Emergency Response and Safety Grant Program and Encourages 501c3 Organizations to Apply for a Grant of up to $10,000



BGE Kicks Off 2013 Emergency Response and Safety Grant Program and Encourages 501c3 Organizations to Apply for a Grant of up to $10,000

 

Grant program focuses on organizations throughout BGE's central Maryland service area that are committed to safety, emergency preparedness and response

 

Eligible 501c3 nonprofit organizations can now apply at bge.com

 

BALTIMORE (Sept. 16, 2013) — In an effort to enhance safety, emergency preparedness and emergency response and recovery in its central Maryland service area, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is launching its second annualEmergency Response and Safety Grant program. The grant program, specifically designed to support emergency response and safety organizations, is part of BGE’s continued commitment to supporting safety and reliability while also enhancing the communities it serves. Now through Nov. 1, 2013, eligible 501c3 organizations that provide emergency services support throughout BGE's service area – either preparedness or response and recovery – are encouraged to apply for a single grant of up to $10,000.

“BGE is committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety and reliability for our employees, our customers and the communities in which we live and work,” said Stephen J. Woerner, senior vice president and chief operating officer for BGE.  “Following the great response and success of last year’s grant program, we are pleased to continue our commitment and give back to our safety and emergency response organizations, be it in the non-profit sector or at the local or state level, who day in and day out, are poised to respond in our times of need, while also extending our commitment to safety to our customers.”

Under BGE’s program, both new and existing programs that fall within the defined grant description guidelines will be considered for this year’s grants. Consideration will also be given to requests that clearly demonstrate improvement in response efforts to urgent and immediate needs of the community. Some examples of qualifying organizations include, but are not limited to, first responders, such as police, emergency medical services and firefighters, including volunteer fire departments, and emergency relief and recovery organizations.

To assist with the application process, BGE will host a webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. The company invites all 501c3 organizations that provide emergency services support to BGE’s service area communities to participate to learn more about the grant opportunities and application process. Interested parties may attend the webinar either online or by phone. For more information and to register for the webinar, visit bge.com. Organizations may submit their grant application online atbge.com\giving between Sept. 16, 2013, and Nov. 1, 2013. Grants will be awarded in December 2013.

In 2012, BGE presented nearly $320,000 to approximately 40 emergency response and safety organizations throughout its central Maryland service area.

“BGE has a strong appreciation for the critically important role volunteer emergency response and safety organizations play throughout the state of Maryland and BGE’s service area, in particular,” said Woerner. “Through this innovative grant program, BGE has a unique opportunity to strengthen our collective ties with our volunteer emergency responder colleagues. Teamed with career emergency responders, these organizations and their highly trained and dedicated personnel are second to none in ensuring the safety of Marylanders, and BGE is pleased offer this opportunity.”

Since its founding nearly 200 years ago, BGE has played an integral role in working with Maryland communities to address economic development, public safety, civic issues and other initiatives that help enhance our neighborhoods. Through the use of shareholder dollars, BGE supports programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact in areas of education, environment, community development and arts and culture.

BGE’s corporate citizenship aligns with that of its parent company, Exelon Corporation. As part of Exelon’s merger in March 2012, Exelon and its subsidiaries have committed to maintain charitable giving of an average of $7 million per year in Maryland, including BGE’s service area, for the next 10 years with a focus on the areas of education, arts and culture, the environment and community development.. BGE’s commitment to the Emergency Response and Safety Grants program fulfills part of that commitment.