Guiding Principles of Summit’s Community Sponsorship and Giving Program
Summit Natural Gas of Maine is excited to launch our 2017 Community Giving and Sponsorship program.
Each year, we use this program to give back to the communities we serve by donating to nonprofit organizations that focus on wellness, economic, educational and cultural initiatives. Past awardees have included but aren’t limited to the Literacy Volunteers of Augusta, Yarmouth Education Foundation, and the Children’s Center for Early Intervention and Family Support.
As we kick off our 2017 giving, we do want to let you know about a couple of changes that we have made to this year’s program based on feedback by our customers.
This year we will be giving out two $4,000 grants and four $1,000 grants to local nonprofit organizations. The application process will open on March 15th and close on April 14th. A committee of Summit employees will review the applications and narrow them down six finalists.
We will then allow the general public to vote on the finalist. Nonprofit organizations are allowed to encourage their members and supporters to go online and vote.
By increasing community involvement in our giving program, our hope is to raise awareness and engagement about the great work being done by nonprofits throughout this state.
While Summit Natural Gas of Maine will accept all applications submitted; we strive to align our budgeted community dollars to areas of interest and key priorities. Applications that include (but not limited to) political affiliations, church affiliations, and most school fundraising (examples: yearbook, key club, etc.) will typically not be considered for funding.