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Hydro One Safe Community Grants

At Hydro One, our number one priority is safety.  And we want to help make safety a high priority in the communities we serve.      

Our Safe Community grants provide support for projects and initiatives that aim to improve the safety and quality of life in the areas where Hydro One is the local electricity distribution company (LDC) or where Hydro One’s transmission assets have an impact on the community. Please see map below of Hydro One's service territories (click map below to enlarge).

If your local initiative will enhance the safety and security of your community, we want to hear about it.

Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:
Hydro One will consider donations up to $25,000 for projects or initiatives that meet the following eligibility criteria:

• Will provide demonstrated safety and / or accessibility benefits to a significant segment of the community;
• Have secured at least fifty (50) per cent of the project cost from other donors / funding sources;
• Have the backing and support of local government (e.g., municipal and / or regional).

Examples of Eligible Projects:

Examples of projects that Hydro One will consider under the Safe Community program include (but are not limited to) the following:

Installation of safety barriers in dangerous areas
Improvement of walking paths for senior citizens to ensure safe footing;
Replacement of dangerous equipment in community playgrounds and recreational facilities;
Enhancing safe access to community facilities.

Application Process

Applications for Safe Community grants can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed when submitted. Please be aware that, due to demand on the program, the Safe Community budget may be depleted before the end of the fiscal year. Should this occur, submitted request will be considered in the next fiscal year.

The review and decision-making process may take up to 60  to 90 days from the date of submission.

In order to ensure an equitable distribution of funding, please note that Hydro One reserves the right to decline applications from communities who have recently received other Safe Community grants.

In the event an application is approved and funding is committed but the project is unable to proceed immediately, Hydro One will provide a letter of support to the grantee indicating Hydro One's support and promised funding for the project. The Company will hold committed funds for a maximum of twelve (12) months. Should the project not be able to move forward in that time, Hydro One's funding commitment will be withdrawn.

Tips for a successful Safe Communities application:

  1. Develop a plan for your project. If you are thinking about a large project, break your plan into phases or smaller "chunks". If we are unable to fund your entire project, we may be able to support one or more phases or pieces of it.
  2. Consult with vendors / suppliers by showing them your plan and getting their feedback. They can tell you if your plan is realistic and achievable. Get an estimate on what it will cost for them to do the work.
  3. Prepare a project budget based on your plan and the cost estimates you've received.
  4. Compare your plan and budget against our eligibility criteria. Proposals that meet our criteria have a much better chance of being funded.
  5. Submit an online application form to complete your application.
  6. Be patient. Depending when you apply, it may take several months to hear back from us.

Questions about Safe Community grants? Please send an email to CommunityInvestment@HydroOne.com.

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