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Verizon Announces $100,000 In Grants — Accepting Applications From Domestic Violence Agencies In Michigan

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July 7, 2011

Carolyn A. Schamberger, APR
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Colin Deval
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MARQUETTE, MI — The Verizon Foundation is offering up to $100,000 in grants for Michigan nonprofits that provide services to families whose lives have been upended by domestic violence.

“Our goal is to break the cycle of domestic violence by lending financial support to outstanding organizations in Michigan that have a track record of success with public outreach, education, and providing relief and resources for families,” said T.J. Fox, region president for Verizon Wireless.

To be eligible, a grant applicant must file an online request for proposal and be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Michigan. The proposals that are submitted should focus on programs that aid survivors of domestic violence in the state or involve prevention, awareness and safety enhancements addressing domestic violence.

All grant applications must be submitted through the Verizon Foundation’s website, www.verizonfoundation.org/apply.  Additional information regarding grant guidelines can be found at the foundation’s website.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, Aug. 12. Verizon will notify recipients of grant decisions by Friday, Sept. 16.

Verizon has a long history of supporting survivors of domestic violence and aiding in its prevention. The HopeLine® program from Verizon collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider. Verizon Wireless then provides wireless phones and airtime to nonprofit organizations for use by domestic violence survivors and cash grants to local shelters and nonprofits that focus on prevention, awareness and advocacy.

Since its inception, HopeLine has collected more than 8 million phones and provided $10 million in grants. Phones that cannot be refurbished are recycled in an environmentally sound way under a zero landfill policy.

In the past four years, the Verizon Foundation has awarded more than $21 million to nonprofit organizations that assist domestic violence survivors.

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About the Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, uses its technology, financial resources and partnerships to address critical social issues, with a focus on education and domestic violence prevention. In 2010, the foundation awarded nearly $67 million to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation’s largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered nearly 6 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.

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