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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Dec. 21, 2017 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has received a $9,384 grant from AVANGRID and its Connecticut companies, United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, aimed at helping improve energy efficiency and save on energy costs. Zoo Director Gregg Dancho accepted the grant, awarded under the auspices of Connecticut’s Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program.

The state’s Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit Program provides a corporate tax credit to encourage businesses to provide financial support to qualified local nonprofit organizations. Since 2010, the Connecticut AVANGRID companies have awarded more than $2.9 million in grants through the program.

“We are grateful to AVANGRID for their donation, which helps us allocate more resources to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s mission of animal conservation, education, research, and recreation,” said Dancho. “The Tax Credit Program is an effective way for corporations to help support our Zoo, and provide a positive impact for Connecticut residents.”

“For our nonprofit partners, we know every dollar saved on energy is a dollar that can be spent on programs and services in the community,” said Anthony Maron III, president and CEO of Connecticut operations for Avangrid Networks.