The Rockaway Rockies was one of the youth groups that got grants from Williams Energy, the builder of the Rockaway Lateral Pipeline

Some call the money going to more than two dozen local organizations community grants, but others see them as “bribes” or “blood money.”

That’s because the money for the organizations comes from Williams Energy, the company that built and maintains the several gas pipelines that run just offshore of Rockaway as well as under Riis Park.

And, the irony of the grants is that a number of the recipients accepting the grants are groups that fought tooth and nail to keep Williams from building those pipelines.

In all, Williams is providing more than $124,000 in local grants this year, added to the hundreds of thousands they have provided in years past.

One of the 25 recipients is the Rockaway Volunteer Ambulance Search & Rescue Corp, which plans to use a $15,000 grant to purchase rescue supplies.

“Our organization depends on community contributions like this grant from Williams to provide first aid and pre-hospital care to our many Rockaway residents and visitors,” said Rockaway Volunteer Ambulance Search and Rescue Corp Chief Ronnie Murchinson. “This grant will be used to purchase much-needed rescue supplies to support our ambulance and beach patrols. We sincerely appreciate Williams’ support.”

 The Rockaway Community Grant program is designed to benefit the environment and local communities in which Williams operates its Transco natural gas pipeline near Rockaway.  The company has awarded more than $700,000 since the grant program was first initiated in 2014.

 Grants up to $15,000 per organization are awarded to organizations promoting initiatives that support environmental enhancement, education, economic development, emergency services, youth and senior programs.

Williams provides natural gas to the New York City area through its Transco pipeline, a 10,200-mile pipeline system which transports natural gas to markets throughout the northeastern and southeastern United States.

This year’s recipients include:

       $7,500.00 to the Breezy Point Cooperative, Rockaway Point, for the Breezy Point Activity Center Generator

     $15,000.00 to the Rockaway Point Volunteer Emergency Services Inc., Rockaway Point, for Personal Escape Systems

     $15,000.00 to the Rockaway Volunteer Ambulance Search and Rescue Corp, Rockaway Beach, for Rescue Supplies

     $7,500.00 to the Community Center of the Rockaway Peninsula, Far Rockaway, for the Community Center of the Rockaway Peninsula

     $5,000.00 to the City Parks Foundation-Natural Areas Conservancy, New York, for the Coastal Cleanup, Invasive Vegetation Removal, and Native Vegetation Planting Volunteer Programs in Rockaway Community Park

      $5,000.00 to the Lacrosse Club of Rockaway, Inc., Belle Harbor, for the General Operating Support

      $5,000.00 to the New York City Audubon Society, Inc., for Tidal Connections

      $5,000.00 to the Partnership with Children, Inc., for the Partnership with Children College and Career Readiness Project at Rockaway Collegiate High School

      $5,000.00 to PFC. John G. McLaughlin Post 8540 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Breezy Point, for Help A Vet

     $5,000.00 to Rockaway Rising Incorporated, Far Rockaway, for the #NoExcusesRockaway Middle School & High School Expansion

     $5,000.00 to the Rockaway Rockies, Belle Harbor, for the Rockaway Rockies Youth Hockey Program

     $5,000.00 to the Rockaway Rugby Club, Rockaway Park, for the Rugby Field Renovation Project

     $5,000.00 to the Rockaway Rugby Football Club, Rockaway Park,for the Rockaway Rugby – Youth Program

   $4,000.00 to Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, Inc., Broad Channel, for the Oyster Eco Dock

    $4,000.00 to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Far Rockaway, for the Stewardship and Community Mobilization for More Resilient Rockaway Waterways & Waterfront

    $3,000.00 to the Breezy Point Garden Club, Queens, for the Breezy Point Community Garden Restoration

    $2,500.00 to the Belle Harbor Yacht Club, Rockaway Park, for the Beach Channel Drive Park – Part 2

    $2,500.00 to Black & White Project Space, Inc., Rockaway Beach, for the Beach Sessions Dance Series – Environmental Program

    $2,500.00 to the Graybeards, Ltd., Belle Harbor, for Community Support

    $2,500.00 to Martin De Porres High School, Rockaway Park, for the Pollinator Garden II

    $2,500.00 to PS/MS 114 Q, Rockaway Park, for the Belle Harbor School After-School Drama Program

    $2,000.00, to the, Broad Channel Historical Society, Broad Channel, for the, Virtual Museum for Broad Channel Historical Society Collection