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Dow accepting grant applications

March 26, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated March 25, 2013 at 10:26 p.m.


LESTER JOINS DOW

Marie Lester is the new public affairs specialist for Dow Seadrift Operations. Lester replaced Amy Boone who is now the Partners in Education coordinator with the Calhoun County school district.

IF I HAD A HAMMER

• Dow Seadrift Operations is offering $500 grants to nonprofit groups to help complete a Habitat for Humanity build in Seadrift.

• Additional volunteer assistance is needed in order to complete the interior of the home.

• Dow is looking for groups to coordinate and successfully complete one full work day (select Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the Habitat home in Seadrift.

• In appreciation for the group's service, The Dow Chemical Company will provide a $500 donation to the group, provided that the group meets the company's charitable contribution requirements.

• Groups may contact Dow's Seadrift Operations at 361-553-3058 to request participation.

The Dow Chemical Company Foundation is once again offering nonprofit groups in Victoria and Calhoun counties an opportunity to apply for funds through the Dow Gives Community Grant Program.

The program supports one-time project costs up to $10,000 that have positive long-term impacts, according to a news release from Dow.

The grant funding must be used for tangible, reusable items such as equipment, construction materials or reusable supplies.

Up to $60,000 in total grants will be awarded this year.

Past projects that have received funding have included equipment for volunteer fire departments, educational equipment, playground equipment and environmental education projects.

Applicants must be tax-exempt charitable or nonprofit organizations, schools, or municipal or government agencies and be based in Calhoun County, Victoria County or the communities of Austwell or Tivoli.

Faith-based organizations can also apply, provided their projects benefit the community as a whole and do not promote one religion over others, according to the news release.

An information session about the program will be at 10 a.m. April 9 at the Seadrift Operations Clubhouse.

All those interested in applying for the program are encouraged to attend to get details about eligibility and the selection process.

If interested in attending the information session, call 361-553-3058.

Since 2004, Dow's community grants program has distributed about $500,000 in the Seadrift Operations area.

Winners are selected by a committee made up of Seadrift Operations employees and external community members.

A link to the online application, the program's guidelines and frequently asked questions are available on the Seadrift Operations website.

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