FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, is seeking grant applications from Indiana nonprofit and educational organizations for literacy, community technology development and workforce development projects. The foundation will award more than $2.1 million in corporate grants to qualifying programs throughout the Great Lakes Region this year.
To qualify for funding, applicants must be a nonprofit organization with a valid 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Service tax ID. Educational institutions must have a current National Center for Education Statistics school and district registration.
Verizon Foundation will give strong preference to projects that:
- Benefit communities served by Verizon's local phone (non-wireless) companies.
- Emphasize how the innovative use of technology can solve problems.
- Assist nonprofit organizations in serving diverse racial and ethnic communities, persons with disabilities and other under-served groups.
- Demonstrate collaboration and help improve organizational efficiency.
"We encourage nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that meet our funding criteria to apply," said Debbi Hoft, Verizon external communications manager. "We anticipate this highly competitive process will yield many quality proposals. Verizon's investment in community organizations demonstrates our long-standing commitment to helping improve the communities we serve and is matched by our commitment to providing superior service to our customers."
Verizon Foundation accepts proposals only through its Web site -- www.verizon.com/foundation. More information about the foundation can also be found at that site.
Last month, the Foundation announced a Request for Proposals for grant applications for workforce development projects in the Great Lakes Region. Those applications must be submitted by May 24 and should include the invitation code of 24AD66JX5F where appropriate in the online application.
Organizations can submit grant applications for literacy projects and community technology development initiatives through Sept. 30. Grants in these two areas will be awarded throughout the year.
Verizon Foundation also provides "eGrants," one-time $240 awards for first-time Internet access for nonprofit organizations. Organizations must submit applications for funding consideration online via the foundation's Web site.
Last year, Verizon Foundation provided $2.1 million in grants to support a variety of programs in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.
In addition, the foundation contributed more than $700,000 to qualified organizations in the region through matching gifts and other employee programs.
Verizon Foundation is committed to helping Verizon employees, customers and the communities in which they work and live 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 on the Internet.
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