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Kentucky nonprofits invited to apply for $50,000 in grants by Verizon

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Verizon Foundation today announced a Domestic Violence Prevention Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFP invites non-profits in Kentucky to apply for a total of $50,000 in grants to support domestic violence prevention and awareness initiatives.
These programs may include, but are not limited to:
• Public education regarding various forms of domestic abuse;
• Raising awareness among men about what constitutes domestic violence and the importance of teaching young boys to respect women;
• Educating teens about dating violence; and
• Helping survivors gain independence so they are less apt to go back to an abuser.
A minimum of four organizations will receive grants between $5,000 and $20,000.

“We are looking to support Kentucky non-profits engaged in helping domestic violence victims, survivors and their families,” said John Granby, president–Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. “Domestic violence impacts more than just the victims and their families. It affects society as a whole at all educational and socioeconomic levels. Our goal is to help stop the cycle of domestic violence by lending financial support to outstanding organizations in Kentucky who are working valiantly for this cause.”

To be eligible, a grant applicant must be a nonprofit 501(c) (3) non-profit organization in Kentucky. All grant applications must be submitted through the Verizon Foundation’s website, www.verizonfoundation.org/apply, using invitation code KentuckyDV.

Additional information regarding grant guidelines and frequently asked questions can be found at the foundation’s website. The deadline for submitting proposals is 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, July 29. Verizon will notify recipients of grant decisions by Friday, September 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 nonprofit organizations 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 addition, 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 Verizon Wireless in Kentucky
In Kentucky, Verizon Wireless has more than 150 employees and 120-plus locations including company-owned retail stores, indirect agents and national retailers.

About the Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational website, Verizon Thinkfinity (www.thinkfinity.org), and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence. In 2009, the Verizon Foundation awarded $67.9 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. It also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $26.1 million in combined contributions to nonprofits. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation's largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 5 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 94 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 82,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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