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Monday, January 22, 2018

PPL Foundation supports community initiatives

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by The Press in Local News

About the PPL Foundation

The PPL Foundation recently announced the latest recipients of funds from its grant program, awarding nearly $600,000 to support 16 organizations working to empower the communities they serve.

“Whether enhancing educational opportunities for students in our communities or providing disadvantaged workers what they need to achieve economic stability, there are many nonprofit organizations that are working to better the lives of the people who call our region home,” said Ryan Hill, president of the PPL Foundation. “The PPL Foundation is proud to support the efforts of the organizations that help make our communities safe, strong and sustainable.”

The awards announced will support a variety of projects in PPL Foundation’s focus areas: education, workforce development and community revitalization.

Major Lehigh Valley grant recipients are:

• Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology in Allentown received $25,000 to support a Science on the Move outreach vehicle, which will increase the number of students served through outreach programs in Northeast Pennsylvania.

• Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation received $30,000 to support expansion of LCCC’s STEM initiative to all three campuses (Schnecksville, Allentown and Tamaqua), including the STEM Academy, Women in STEM GROW mentoring program and the Science Technology Talent Showcase to recognize student achievement in STEM programs.

• Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board received $25,000 to support the development of a leadership program for girls ages 12 to 15, connecting girls with mentors, career options, leadership skills and community service opportunities.

• Valley Youth House in the Lehigh Valley received $25,000 to provide a free, week-long overnight STEM camp for disadvantaged youth.

• Wildlands Conservancy in the Lehigh Valley received $25,000 to support the expansion of a sensory trail, accommodating more visitors and improving the safety and accessibility of the parking area.

PPL is committed to supporting communities across its 29-county service area and providing tools that help empower economic vitality.

Earlier this year, the PPL Foundation awarded more than $450,000 in sustaining grants to more than 70 community organizations. The recent announcement brings the Foundation’s 2017 community grants to more than $1 million.

The PPL Foundation awards grants in spring and fall. The next grant cycle, for sustaining grants that assist organizations with general operating expenses, begins in January. Interested organizations can apply for grants from $1,000 to $25,000. To be considered for a grant, all organizations must apply online. Please visit www.pplcares.com to learn more.

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