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FirstLight to award grants for Housatonic projects

January 28, 2019 GMT

FirstLight Power Resource is accepting grant applications for activities and projects that promote environmental protection, energy efficiency and public safety.

The projects and activities must fall in one of the 23 towns that are in the Housatonic region, which includes Lake Zoar, Lake Lillinonah and Candlewood Lake. FirstLight owns and operates the Housatonic River hydroelectric system there.

The Housatonic River Project Fund was established in 2015. It has awarded more than $700,000 in grants to nearly two dozen organizations since then, including the Candlewood Lake Authority, the Housatonic Valley Association, the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, the Lake Lillanonah Authority, the Lake Zoar Authority, the Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police, as well as the towns of New Fairfield, New Milford and Oxford.

“The mission of the fund is to improve the quality of life within the Housatonic River region by supporting community oriented projects that improve environmental awareness and protection, advance energy efficiency initiatives, encourage environmental sustainability, and promote public safety,” according to the press release.

Applications will be accepted until April 1. Grant applications will be available online or by contacting Len Greene at len.greene@firstlightpower.com. Awards will be announced on or before June 1.