Verizon Foundation Offers Grant Opportunities to Indiana Nonprofit Groups

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, is seeking grant proposals for technology development and work force development projects.

Nonprofit organizations and educational institutions in Indiana, especially those in communities where Verizon provides local telephone service, are invited to apply for competitive grants totaling $100,000.

"Economic vitality depends on high literacy rates and ongoing work force development programs so that area workers are qualified for jobs that are being driven by ever-changing technology," said Lori Macklin, Verizon assistant vice president of regulatory and governmental affairs for Indiana. "Verizon has invested billions of dollars in the region's telecommunications infrastructure and cares deeply about the communities it serves."

Verizon is seeking proposals that support job retraining, school-to-work programs, teacher preparedness, welfare-to-work programs, economic development, and vocational and disability programs. Literacy proposals designed to create a better-educated work force are also sought.

Proposals must be submitted through Verizon Foundation's Web site, www.verizon.com/foundation, no later than June 30. Individual grants will range from $1,000 to $25,000, although some could be higher.

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.

The Verizon Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, a Dow 30 company and one of the world's leading providers of communication services. In 2003, the foundation awarded more than 21,000 grants totaling about $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. Thirty-two organizations received $370,000 last year in Indiana. 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 595,000 hours in their communities and provided $34.6 million in combined contributions to charitable and nonprofit organizations. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.

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