Dow announces 2013 community grants program

March 7, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated March 7, 2013 at 9:08 p.m.

Organizations looking for a bit of a boost to improve Crossroads communities could soon have their chance.

Dow on Thursday announced its 2013 Dow Gives - Community Grants Program, Seadrift Operations.

The program offers those making positive contributions to the long-term success of their communities up to $10,000 in funding from the Dow Chemical Company Foundation, according to a company news release.

The grant initiative is designed to identify projects to make area communities better places to live and work, both now and in the future, Trish Thompson, Dow Seadrift's public affairs manager, said in the release.

"Dow is proud to be part of this region, and we want to make it stronger by helping meet community needs," she said.

The program supports one-time project costs, and funding must go toward tangible, reusable items such as equipment, construction materials and reusable supplies.

Past projects include 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, according to the release, and they must be based in Calhoun or Victoria counties or the communities of Austwell or Tivoli.

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

The deadline to apply online is 4 p.m. April 25, but an information session regarding the program takes place at 10 a.m. April 9 at the UCC Seadrift Operations Clubhouse on state Highway 185.

Since 2004, the grants program has distributed about $500,000 in the Seadrift Operations area. Winners are selected by a committee made of Seadrift Operations employees and external community members.

To RSVP for the meeting, email or call 361-553-3058. For more information, or to access the online application, visit



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