Verizon Foundation and Verizon Wireless Offer More Than $100,000 in Grant Opportunities to Delaware Nonprofits
Proposals Sought to Support Domestic Violence Solutions
July 19, 2006, WILMINGTON, Del. - The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, and Verizon Wireless are seeking grant proposals from nonprofit organizations involved in community partnerships to combat domestic violence.
Eligible groups can submit proposals online and compete for grants totaling more than $100,000. The grants will help organizations introduce new domestic violence prevention and education programs, expand existing ones or add facilities to better serve clients. Grant proposals must be submitted at www.verizon.com/foundation by midnight Sept. 1. Applicants should click on the “apply online” link, then on the link marked “click here to begin,” and then add the invitation code: 472NXAZKHF.
To qualify for funding, applicants must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing programs that serve Delaware residents. Verizon will announce grant recipients by Oct. 13.
“Domestic violence is an issue that affects women, men and families regardless of their social or economic backgrounds,” said Verizon Delaware President William R. Allan. “We are proud of the strong stand our company has taken in the First State on this important issue. And we will continue our efforts to put an end to domestic violence.”
Verizon Wireless is providing grants through its HopeLine® phone recycling program, where no-longer-needed wireless phones and accessories from any wireless provider are collected and refurbished or recycled in an environmentally safe way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program benefit victims of domestic violence and nonprofit advocacy agencies by providing them essential communication tools - wireless phones and services - and financial grants. Since 2001, HopeLine has awarded more than $10 million in financial grants and in-kind donations and collected more than 3 million wireless phones.
“We applaud the work that outstanding Delaware organizations perform each day in the areas of domestic violence education and prevention,” said Christine Baron, president of Verizon Wireless’ Philadelphia Tri-State region. “Our grants provide much-needed funding so organizations can continue making a positive impact in the community.”
Verizon delivers technology that touches life. The Verizon Foundation uses that technology and the foundation’s financial resources to improve literacy and K-12 education; to support victims of domestic violence; and improve the delivery of health care. In 2005, the foundation awarded more than $74 million in grants to charitable and nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad. The foundation also supports Verizon Volunteers, which is one of the largest employee volunteer programs in the United States, with 2 million hours of community service since 2000 and $35.6 million in combined contributions to nonprofits in 2005 alone.
For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.
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