Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 21, 2014

TransCanada grants $50K to area non-profits

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress

TYLER — East Texas Communities Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of $50,000 in grants from the TransCanada Charitable Fund. This is the first round of awards in a $125,000 program that will provide grants to qualifying non-profit organizations in 18 Texas counties over the next four years.

The fund is designed to help improve East Texas communities and the lives of their residents through grants to qualifying non-profit organizations in the counties where TransCanada pipeline operations and projects exist. Eligible counties include: Angelina, Chambers, Cherokee, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Hardin, Harris, Hopkins, Jefferson, Lamar, Liberty, Nacogdoches, Polk, Rusk, Smith, Upshur and Wood.

All funded projects and programs fall within three charitable categories: community, safety, and the environment.

The following organizations and projects from Cherokee County were selected for funding from thirty-four applications: Bullard Community Library for science and technology books (Cherokee and Smith counties) and the Cherokee County Public Health Department for the annual FitCOUNTY event.

“We’re pleased to contribute to the well-being of East Texas residents,” said Corey Goulet, Vice President, Keystone Projects. “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.”

Upon being named a recipient, Imelda Tatsch, Executive Director of Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center, responded, “In our line of service, continuing education is vital to our success in meeting the needs of the children and families we serve. “Your generosity will enable us to send more of our staff and multi-disciplinary partners to two of the best trainings offered.”

“East Texas Commun-ities 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. This charitable fund is a win-win for ETCF and TransCanada,” said ETCF President, Kyle Penney. “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.”

Applications for the 2014 TransCanada Charitable Fund grant cycle will open for submission in early February and be awarded in the fall.

Call Mary Lynn Smith at 903-533-0208 for  information.

About ETCF

East Texas Communities Foundation is a nonprofit corporation serving 32 counties in East Texas. The Foundation distributed a milestone $5 million in grants in 2012 and currently manages over $64 million in 212 unique charitable funds which support non-profit organizations and student scholarships. The Foundation will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2014. It has awarded $48 million in grants and scholarships since its inception. The mission of the Foundation is to support philanthropy by offering simple ways for donors to achieve their long-term charitable goals.

About TransCanada

With more than 60 years’ experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and oil pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates a network of natural gas pipelines that extends more than 68,500 kilometres (42,500 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services with more than 400 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns or has interests in over 11,800 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is developing one of North America's largest oil delivery systems. TransCanada's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. For more information visit: www.transcanada.com or check us out on Twitter @TransCanada or http://blog.transcanada.com.