Verizon Foundation Offers Grant Opportunities to Indiana Nonprofit Groups

INDIANAPOLIS - The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, is seeking grant proposals for projects that support initiatives that enhance the use of technology for program delivery or to improve work force literacy. Verizon will provide competitive grants totaling $100,000 to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions in Indiana for such projects.

"Verizon builds stronger communities by supporting programs that strengthen the literacy skills of our work force," said Lori Macklin, vice president of governmental and external affairs for Indiana. "This issue severely affects the state's economic vitality, and we want to help identify some of the programs that will help improve work force literacy levels."

Applicants must be nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations whose programs benefit underserved communities such as low-income, minority, limited-English speaking or disabled.

Proposals must be submitted through Verizon Foundation's Web site, www.verizon.com/foundation. The deadline is midnight, June 30. On the Web site, applicants should click on the Indiana RFP link; type in the invitation code for this RFP, 792WHPQKK8, when logging in; and then select "local." Individual grants will range from $1,000 to $25,000.

Grants cannot be used to purchase any products or services offered by Verizon or for capital renovations or furniture. Successful applicants will be announced on Sept. 1.

In 2004, the Verizon Foundation awarded more than 26,000 grants totaling more than $70 million to charitable and nonprofit agencies that focus on improving basic and computer literacy, enriching communities through technology, and creating a skilled work force. The foundation uses its resources in the United States and abroad to develop partnerships in technology and connect them with organizations serving the needs of diverse communities, people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, and the economically and socially disadvantaged.

The foundation also supports Verizon Volunteers, an incentive program that last year encouraged Verizon employees to volunteer 528,000 hours in their communities and provided $37.6 million in combined contributions to charitable and nonprofit organizations. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.

With more than $71 billion in annual revenues, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon has a diverse work force of more than 210,000 in four business units: Domestic Telecom serves customers based in 29 states with wireline telecommunications services, including broadband, and other services. Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 43.8 million voice and data customers across the United States. Information Services operates directory publishing businesses and provides electronic commerce services. International includes wireline and wireless operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.