Building on FirstLight’s longstanding legacy of giving to organizations and activities that support the communities around its facilities, FirstLight Sustains is a competitive grant program to improve the quality of life in the communities where FirstLight facilities are located in the United States in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
The grant program supports and empowers local organizations that promote community building and sustainability. It provides an equitable process whereby qualified, reputable, and capable organizations can apply for and receive funding for activities and projects that meet the goal of improving the quality of life in those communities.
Our mission is to accelerate the decarbonization of the electric grid by supporting the development, operation, and integration of renewable energy and storage to meet the world’s growing clean energy needs and deliver an electric system that is clean, reliable, affordable, and equitable.
To complement our mission, the FirstLight Sustains Program has two areas of focus:
Climate Action & Education
Climate Action and Education grants will promote awareness of, appreciation for, or access to public conservation and sustainability efforts, and support the protection, restoration, and betterment of natural resources in our communities.
Community Building grants will support efforts to enhance the communities in which we live and work through public safety improvements, public art projects, placemaking, community led services, and more.
Grant Application Process
FirstLight Sustains will award individual grants of up to $5,000. Grants that fulfill requirements for, or are eligible for, matching funds are encouraged. Additional support in the form of materials and sponsorships may be made at the discretion of FirstLight.
The 2023 grant cycle will open on May 1, 2023, and close on July 15, 2023. All applications must be postmarked by July 15, 2023, for consideration in this fiscal year. Awards will be announced in August 2023.