Verizon Foundation Offers $500,000 in Grants to New York Nonprofit Groups

NEW YORK -- Nonprofit organizations and educational institutions in New York State are invited to compete for $500,000 in grants offered by Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications.

Verizon is soliciting workforce development proposals that help address basic computer literacy skills, support job retention and aid vocational and disability programs in the communities the company serves. The grants, ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, will be announced July 1.

"Economic vitality depends on having a strong skilled workforce," said Paul Crotty, Verizon New York and Connecticut Group president. "Verizon is committed to supporting organizations in their efforts to develop and increase awareness of this fundamental need in today's technology driven workplace."

Proposals must be submitted through the Verizon Foundation Web site, www.verizon.com/foundation by May 5. Applicants should click on the New York Workforce Development RFP link.

To qualify for funding, applicants must be public or private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with a valid Internal Revenue Service tax ID. Schools must have a current National Center for Education Statistics school and district registration to qualify.

Nonprofit organizations may also submit applications for "eTraining" grants for staff training in a variety of computer programs. In addition, organizations may apply for "eGrants," which provide $240 toward first-time Internet access for nonprofits.

Last year, 2,400 nonprofit organizations in New York benefited from Verizon Foundation grants totaling more than $17 million.

Verizon Foundation is committed to helping people and communities make progress every day. The foundation supports a variety of programs that focus on improving basic and computer literacy, bridging the digital divide, enriching communities through technology and creating a skilled work force. The foundation promotes partnerships in technology with organizations serving the needs of diverse communities, people with disabilities, and the economically and socially disadvantaged. The foundation also supports Verizon Volunteers, an incentive program that encourages Verizon employees to volunteer in their communities and provides matching gifts to nonprofit organizations. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 135.8 million access line equivalents and 32.5 million Verizon Wireless customers. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world. With more than $67 billion in annual revenues and 229,500 employees, Verizon's global presence extends to more than 30 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.


Media contacts:

Daniel Díaz Zapata, New York City, 212-395-7602

Cliff Lee, upstate New York, 518-396-1095

Bob Bishop, Verizon Foundation, 202-515-2516

Jenny Buccella, Verizon Community Relations, 212-395-3960