Commitment to community is one of the seven cooperative principles. In keeping with this principle, CHEC recently awarded two grants, in partnership with North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives (NCEC), for pedestrian pathway projects in the villages of Buxton and Hatteras. Cooperative funds were met with a 50% match through NCEC’s Community Development Matching Grant Fund.
The first grant for $30,000 was given to Outer Banks Forever, a nonprofit that raises funds for the National Park Service in Dare County. This grant will help fund the feasibility study for a paved multi-use path on Lighthouse Rd in Buxton. The proposed pathway will run from Hwy 12 to the old lighthouse site, the current Cape Hatteras Lighthouse area, and to the NPS campground. The feasibility study is the first step necessary to move the project forward.
The second grant for $10,725 was given to Hatteras Village Civic Association (HVCA) to fund an environmental assessment necessary for construction of a pedestrian pathway in Hatteras Village. The proposed pathway will run on one side of Hwy 12 from the Civic Center to Hatteras Landing.
CHEC and NCEC are proud to support these community enrichment projects, which will bring both economic and safety benefits to these Hatteras Island villages.