Norfolk Southern Grants $5 Million to Promote Safety, Build Communities

Norfolk Southern Corporation has distributed nearly $5 million in local grants to 330 organizations across its 22-state network as part of its Safety First and Thriving Communities grant programs.

Launched in September, the two grant programs are designed to support organizations that promote safe and sustainable operations, develop local workforces, and build strong, resilient communities across the company’s network.

Organizations received grants ranging from $1,000 to $50,000. Specifically, approximately $2.4 million in Safety First grants were awarded to 178 first responder departments and organizations across 18 states to support local and safety-focused initiatives, equipment, and services. Safety First recipient organizations include 104 fire departments and 37 police departments. Approximately $2.5 million in Thriving Communities grants were awarded to 152 organizations across 18 states.

Examples of initiatives that Safety First grant funding will support include:

  • The City of Fort Wayne Police Department’s Safety Village and pedestrian safety program in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Hazmat training, mass casualty response equipment, and other supplies for Groton Township Fire Department in Castalia, Ohio
  • Rescue and extraction equipment for Gordonsville Volunteer Fire Company in Gordonsville, Virginia

Examples of initiatives that Thriving Communities grant funding will support include:

  • Workforce development programming for Tri-County STEMersion in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Wetland restoration and the creation of a community trail for Beaver Creek Wetlands Association, Inc. in Beavercreek, Ohio
  • Funding for the Atlanta Rapid Housing Initiative for Partners for Home in Atlanta, Georgia

The application process for 2024 will open in April and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

-via Press Release

This article was posted on: December 19, 2023