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February 21, 2014

TransCanada grants $50K to area non-profits

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.

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