Friday is the deadline for applying for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's annual Community Gift Program for 2014 that benefits local and surrounding area nonprofit organizations.
The program provides a total of $100,000 in awards to support organizations addressing science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) education, community service and philanthropic needs in communities having a large population of Livermore Lab employees.
Nonprofit California educational institutions, IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) organizations and government agencies serving Alameda, Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties are eligible to apply. Gifts will be awarded in amounts from $1,000 to $20,000.
Established in 2008, the Community Gift Program received 72 applications for grants in 2013. Of those, 24 were selected for awards, the majority of which serve children in the Tri-Valley and San Joaquin County, with a focus on science and math education, engineering and cultural arts.
The Community Gift Program expands upon the Bay Area-wide community giving programs of Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), which manages Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.
Last December, LLNS matched $1 million in employee donations to the Laboratory's HOME (Helping Others More Effectively) Campaign. The HOME Campaign benefits community/nonprofit agencies and has raised more than $2 million annually since 2007 through employee donations that go directly to agencies selected by employees.
Last year, Livermore Lab employees pledged more than $2.3 million to the HOME Campaign which benefitted more than 600 agencies. Adding the $1 million LLNS match brought the total contribution to more than $3.3 million.
"It is an honor for us to help support the community where we live and work" said Bill Goldstein, recently appointed LLNS president and Livermore Lab director. "I know the recipients appreciate our support and the impact of the services they provide is important for all of us," he added.
All organizations interested in applying to the Community Gift Program must submit a gift application by Aug. 8. To be eligible, organizations must be sustainable and financially viable and accountable for spending and program results. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their proposal by Sept. 15.
More information on LLNS and its Community Gift Program is available at www.llnsllc.com/ For an application, go to the Web site at http://www.llnsllc.com/communityGiving/llnsgift.asp/