Apex Clean Energy is pleased to announce four worthy local organizations as the latest recipients of Timbermill Wind community grants.
The program recognizes meaningful local efforts to build safe and healthy communities, support economic development, foster environmental sustainability, and promote education.
“As Timbermill Wind moves into construction and becomes a long-term fixture in Chowan County, this round of community grants represents the first of many benefits the community will see from the project in the years to come," said Jimmy Merrick, Senior Development Manager for Apex Clean Energy. "We are thankful to call these local organizations our neighbors and look forward to seeing the results of these great projects.”
The Edenton Farmers Market will receive a $4,500 grant to help individuals and families double their buying power when purchasing fruits and vegetables from local farms through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Though the "Timbermill Wind Fresh Match", the market will be able to match every dollar SNAP customers spend on fresh-farm eggs, local honey, and newly-harvested fruits and vegetables.
"The Edenton Farmers Market Board of Directors are very excited and grateful for this grant from Timbermill Wind," said Mary Wolfe, board president. "Through this grant, the Edenton Farmers Market will continue being a resource for fresh, healthy, and affordable foods, helping to promote healthy living in Edenton and our surrounding neighbors."
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Albemarle was awarded a $10,000 grant to implement Project Learn, a national program designed to reinforce academic enrichment and school engagement for disadvantaged youth.
"The kind and generous grant from Apex Clean Energy will support our Project Learn program, designed to reinforce the academic enrichment and school engagement of young people during their time at the Club," said Executive Director Elizabeth Mitchell. "The Boys & Girls Club provides a safe place where young people can learn and grow. We believe every kid and teen deserves access to experiences and opportunities that change their lives for the better."
The Chowan Arts Council will launch a new internship and mentorship program thanks to a $2,000 Timbermill Wind Community Grant. As part of its mission to enrich the community by promoting the cultural value of the arts, celebrating artistic diversity, and fostering all forms of creative expression, the organization offers exhibit space to new and established artists and provides inspiring programs and workshops.
"We are humbled by the support of Apex Clean Energy for enhancing our community engagement, particularly through our youth and career development in the arts. The Chowan Arts Council continuously strives to grow our mission, and this unique opportunity allows us to do so," said Executive Director Meredith Timberlake, describing the program.
The Edenton Steamers will have part of their stadium renovations paid for through a $5,000 community grant. The renovations include upgrades to stadium restrooms, heating and cooling, and insulation to improve the fan experience.
"We greatly appreciate the continued support from Timbermill Wind," said General Manager Tyler Russell. "We are looking forward to this opportunity to use the funds to better serve our fans and the community."
In addition to the ongoing Community Grant Program, Timbermill Wind's construction will provide an economic boost to Chowan County and the entire region. The 45-turbine project represents a capital investment of more than $200 million and will create over 100 jobs during construction. Once completed, Timbermill Wind will be the county's single largest taxpayer—providing about $33 million in new local tax revenue over its lifetime.
The Timbermill Wind Community Grant Program will continue during project operations. To learn more, or to apply for a future grant, visit www.timbermillwind.com/grant.