TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2020 – Today, Hydro One launched a new fund to help communities respond to new and urgent challenges presented by COVID-19. Charitable organizations, municipalities and Indigenous communities can now apply for up to $25,000 towards pandemic response efforts and initiatives that improve physical and emotional safety. This is part of Hydro One’s commitment to build safe communities across Ontario.
“Communities and charitable organizations are facing serious challenges to meet critical and emerging needs during this unprecedented time,” said Jay Armitage, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Hydro One. “From supporting well-being through an outdoor skating trail or delivering meals to vulnerable populations, this fund will help those local organizations working tirelessly to build a better and brighter future for their communities.”
“Thank you to Hydro One for continuing to put families and communities first and show the true meaning of the Ontario spirit,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. “Hydro One’s new program captures the importance of coming together to lend a helping hand to those making a lasting difference in the community.”
To apply, please visit: https://www.hydroone.com/about/building-safe-communities/community-fund. Applications close on February 19, 2021, and recipients will be announced in March.
In addition to the new fund, Hydro One is supporting pandemic response efforts and initiatives to strengthen community resiliency and safety. The company partnered with GlobalMedic to provide 13,500 food and safety kits to First Nations communities, donated $300,000 worth of meals to Feed Ontario to put food on the table for families in need and supported Ontario’s Ministry of Health by contacting travellers entering the province to ensure quarantine measures were followed. The company also partnered with the Coaches Association of Ontario to roll out a new virtual hub to support navigating safe and inclusive sport during this challenging time.