Hydro One announces COVID-19 fund

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Hydro One has launched a new fund to help communities respond to COVID-19 and improve safety.

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. Hydro One said it stands with community organizations working overtime to respond to pressing local needs along with new and urgent challenges presented by the pandemic and that’s why the new fund was launched.

“Communities and charitable organizations are facing serious challenges to meet critical and emerging needs during this unprecedented time,” said Jay Armitage, Hydro One’s vice president of marketing and communications. “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.”

The energy giant added the program is part of Hydro One’s commitment to build safe communities across Ontario.

Hydro One spokesperson Alex Stewart said all of the funding for the new community grant comes solely from Hydro One.

“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.”

Click here to apply. Applications close on February 19, 2021, at which time Hydro One will determine recipients and total funding. The recipients will be announced in March.

Hydro One is also supporting pandemic response efforts and initiatives to strengthen community resiliency and safety. The company has 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.

Hydro One added it continues to offer customers payment flexibility and financial assistance through its Pandemic Relief Fund and has extended its ban on residential electricity disconnections to ensure no customer is disconnected at a time when support is needed most. More information about Hydro One’s Pandemic Relief Program can be found here.