For Immediate Release
BALTIMORE (Jan. 6, 2021) – BGE is accepting applications for its Emergency Response and Safety Grants program. The economic need for our community during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis continues to increase, making these grants more important than ever before. First responders are our customers and our neighbors, and they risk their lives every day, particularly during the current pandemic. BGE is grateful for their service and honored to support them in their selfless mission.
This is the eighth year for the program which supports nonprofit emergency response and public safety organizations throughout BGE's service area. To date, BGE has provided nearly $2.8 million to 463 emergency response projects/programs, which aligns with BGE's commitment to the safety of our central Maryland customers. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for eligible 501c3 organizations. Applications are available online at BGE Emergency Response and Safety Grants, and all applications must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2021.
BGE presented more than $300,000 to last year's grant recipients. In addition to supporting the emergency responder community in Maryland, BGE provides training for fire, police, 911 centers and emergency management organizations who routinely work around utility equipment. BGE is recognized for its own emergency response record, ranking among the top utilities in the nation for rapid response to gas emergency calls and in working to prevent damages to energy equipment.
BGE plays an integral role in working with Maryland communities to address workforce and economic development, public safety, civic issues and other initiatives that help enhance our neighborhoods. Through the use of shareholder dollars, BGE supports programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact in areas of education, environment, community development and arts and culture.
BGE is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility, providing safe and reliable energy delivery to more than 1.3 million electric customers and more than 680,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company was founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and remains headquartered in Baltimore City to this day. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Engage with the latest BGE stories on bgenow.com and connect with BGE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.