The Amarillo Area Foundation will distribute over $149,000 in grants to civic and education projects in the 2019 grant cycle of the Pattern Panhandle Wind Community Benefits Program. Pattern Energy’s Panhandle Wind facility established the Panhandle Wind Community Benefits Program at the Amarillo Area Foundation in 2016 to benefit residents of Carson County. An advisory committee of Carson County residents review grant applications, recommend specific charitable projects to support, and advise on the timing and size of distributions.
Pattern Energy’s Panhandle Wind facility generates enough clean energy to power 115,000 Texan homes annually and is projected to add approximately $200 million to the regional economy over 25 years.
“To help make a strong positive impact on the community, Pattern Energy established the Panhandle Wind Education Fund Endowment and the Panhandle Wind Civic Fund Endowment with an initial $1.5 million donation and an additional $150,000 annually over the first ten years of operations,” said Spencer Roland, Facility Manager at Panhandle Wind. “We hope this funding will help many worthy local causes make a long-lasting and beneficial impact, and we applaud the commitment of the Amarillo Area Foundation and the grant recipients for their dedication to Carson County.”
According to Terry Coffee, City Manager of the City of Panhandle, “We at the Panhandle Police Department are very thankful to be a recipient of $10,000 with the PPW Civic Fund Grant. The purchase of our new computers and laptops for the vehicles keep us up to date with state reporting and make our officers safer in the field where they can always be monitored on a traffic stop. There are always changes being made in the area of Responders and we thank Pattern Energy for their support. Thank you for helping us meet the needs of our community and rural areas we help with.”
The following distributions totaling $75,000 will be made from the Pattern Panhandle Wind Civic Fund:
Recipient Amount Purpose
City of Panhandle $10,000 To purchase computers for the Panhandle Police Department
Lone Star Ballet $3,750 To support the LSB Academies Outreach
Ronald McDonald House of Amarillo $3,750 To support the Keeping Families Close Campaign
Skellytown Area Volunteer
Firefighters-EMS Association $25,000 To purchase Structural turnout gear, wildland gear, and boots
White Deer Volunteer EMS $25,000 To purchase equipment
Lighthouse Food Pantry $7,500 To purchase food and school supplies
The following distributions will be made from the Pattern Panhandle Wind Education Fund to total $74,179.
Recipient Amount Purpose
Ogallala Commons $2,500 To fund the Playa Festival for Carson County 5th graders
Panhandle Education Foundation $8,471 To purchase technology, books and provide teacher grants
Panhandle ISD $25,000 To provide security equipment, computers, and curriculum materials
Panhandle ISD $5,000 To provide two, $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Panhandle
Window on a Wider World $3,393 To support Carson County WOWW programming
White Deer ISD $5,000 To provide two, $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors from White Deer
White Deer ISD $24,815 To purchase technology and Ag. Support
For more information about Pattern Energy and its operations please go to www.patternenergy.com.
Questions regarding the grant program can be directed to Sarah Griffin, Grants Program Officer, at the Amarillo Area Foundation. 806.376.4521