The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory launched its annual Community Gift Program this week to benefit local nonprofit organizations.
The program provides a total of $100,000 in awards to support organizations addressing science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, community service and philanthropic needs.
Qualified organizations and government agencies serving Alameda, Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties, where most of the Laboratory's employees live, are eligible to apply. Gifts will be awarded in amounts from $1,000 to $20,000.
Established in 2008, the program received 66 applications for grants in 2012. Twenty-six applications were selected for awards, the majority of which served children in the Tri-Valley and San Joaquin County, with a focus on science and math education and cultural arts.
The Community Gift Program expands upon the Lab's community giving.
In December 2012, the Livermore Lab matched $1 million in employee donations to the Laboratory's HOME (Helping Others More Effectively) Campaign. The HOME Campaign also benefits community/nonprofit agencies in the Tri-Valley, San Joaquin Valley and the greater Bay Area.
Since 1997, HOME has raised more than $1 million annually through employee donations that go directly to agencies selected by employees.
Last year, LLNL employees pledged more than $2.5 million to the HOME Campaign, the largest amount ever raised during the years of conducting the HOME Campaign. The contributions benefited more than 400 local agencies. Adding the $1 million LLNS match brought the total contribution to more than $3.6 million.
"For more than 60 years, we have been part of this community and we continue to vastly appreciate the support we receive," said Parney Albright, president of Lawrence Livermore National Security, which manages the Livermore Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.
"It is both an honor and pleasure to be able to help support our community through this Gift Program," added Albright, who is also the director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
All organizations interested in applying to the Community Gift Program must submit a gift application to LLNS by Aug. 29. 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 by Oct. 31.
More information on LLNS and its Community Gift Program is available at www.llnsllc.com.