South Jersey Gas to Run First Responder Grant Program

By: Savannah Scarborough, Writer / Follow South Jersey News Reporting Intern

Photo: Jon Bradley | Follow South Jersey

FOLSOM, N.J. — On October 26, 2020, South Jersey Gas announced its First Responder Grant Program, which will provide grants that yield vital support to organizations, including first responder emergency medical services and police departments. More specifically, eligible organizations must have served for at least one year and be located in a South Jersey Gas area.

South Jersey Industries (SJL) is the parent company to South Jersey Gas. SJL has controlling interest over South Jersey Gas and authority over certain operations. Therefore, SJL is responsible for determining which organizations receive grants for the First Responder Grant Program from those who apply.

For 100 years, South Jersey Gas has produced natural gas services that encompass 2,500 square miles throughout New Jersey. South Jersey Gas’s objective is to deliver reliable all-natural gas and to encourage energy efficiency to residents and other customers in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, and specific sections of Gloucester, Burlington, and Camden counties in New Jersey.

Its pursuit consists of serving the community through volunteer work and interacting with the society around them, all while, as stated on the South Jersey Gas website, “sharing energy assistance information to supporting local nonprofits.”

“The grants are to be used to fund training or purchase/upgrade gear and equipment utilized to protect volunteer fire and/or EMS personnel, police, and/or the community,” the website reads.

To obtain a grant, an organization or department must review the program’s official rules and guidelines and apply no later than 5 p.m. on November 13, 2020.

The formal rules and guidelines on the application specify that “The grant recipients will be selected based on community benefits, competitive use of funds, and ability to successfully complete the identified initiative.”

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.