Springwater Solar Announces $11,000 in Community Grants

London, Ohio – February 27, 2024– Springwater Solar has announced 5 new recipients of funding from its community grant programing with awards for this grant cycle totaling $11,000. Launched in 2022, this program supports community organizations throughout the Madison and Franklin County region that are working to build healthy communities, support economic development, foster environmental sustainability, and promote education. Including this round of funding, Springwater has awarded over $25,000 to nonprofits within Madison and Franklin County. These grants are part of over $3 million in community grant funding that Apex Clean Energy has provided in project communities across the county.

“Springwater Solar is proud to continue to be an active member of the Madison and Franklin County community,” said Gena Miller Shelton, Public Engagement Manager with Apex Clean Energy. “We are very excited to award these grant funds to organizations doing wonderful work within the community and we are excited to see the impact this work has on the community for years to come.”

The newest round of awards includes funding for:

  • Junior Achievement Mad River Region received $2500 to help fund their financial literacy programing offered at multiple schools within Madison County.
  • Cultivate Works was awarded $2500 to provide resources and education to small businesses in the Madison County regions, specifically to help fund 12 workshops planned over the next 12 months that will focus on providing training to small business owners.
  • Seeds of Caring received $2500 to fund their Earth Day Program at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center in Franklin County.
  • New Directions Career Center was provided $ 2500 to assist women in central Ohio who are re-entering the workforce through services such as job training and providing professional attire.
  • Plain City Farmers Market was granted $1000 to promote access to Nutrition Assistance Programs such as WIC, SNAP and produce perks as a way to better connect families with fresh produce.

Matt Yerkes from Cultivate: "Cultivate appreciates support from Springwater Solar that will further our mission to serve small businesses to grow successfully and positively impact Madison and Franklin Counties. With the funds provided through this grant, Cultivate will provide direct support to individual small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs."

Brandy Jemczura from Seeds of Caring: “At Seeds of Caring we're truly grateful for partners like Springwater Solar. Their support allows us to engage thousands of kids in 50,000+ hours of service and volunteerism annually, showing children that they're never too young to make a difference. By partnering together, we are creating a kinder, more connected, more sustainable world - led by our youngest generation.”

Denton Kitts from Plain City Farmers Market: “On behalf of the Plain City Farmers Market, I extend our gratitude for your generous grant to our organization.  This grant allows us to further our mission of fostering a vibrant local community through the Farmers Market. The funds will be instrumental in expanding our outreach efforts, improving the overall market experience for both vendors and visitors, and implementing multiple nutrition assistance programs to those in need.  Your commitment to supporting local initiatives like ours is commendable, and we are truly fortunate to have Springwater Solar as a partner in our endeavors. We look forward to keeping you updated on the positive impact your contribution makes on our community.”

About Springwater Solar

Springwater Solar is a planned 155 MW solar facility in Madison and Franklin Counties, being developed by Apex Clean Energy. Springwater Solar offers a new source of economic development for the community with long-term local and state tax revenue for local schools, government services, and public infrastructure. The power from Springwater Solar will be delivered into the local Ohio electrical grid, helping to diversify the state's energy portfolio. When operating at full capacity Springwater Solar is expected to generate enough energy to power over 87,000 homes per year. For more information about Springwater Solar, visit https://www.springwatersolar.com. For more information about Apex Clean Energy, visit apexcleanenergy.com.