Deadline approaches for Lawrence Livermore National Security's Community Gift Program

(Download Image) Laboratory Director Parney Albright spoke to the recipients of  last year's LLNS Community Gift Giving Program and thanked them for their work.  The deadline for submitting applications to this year's program is Aug. 29.
The deadline for submitting applications to Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS)'s annual Community Gift Program to benefit local and area nonprofit organizations is quickly approaching.

LLNS manages Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.

Applications are due Aug. 29, 2013. Due to a glitch in the application website, any applicant who submitted between Aug. 12-23 should contact the LLNS office at 925 453-3580 to ensure their application was properly received.

The Community Gift Program provides a total of $100,000 in awards to support organizations addressing science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) education, community service and philanthropic needs in communities having a large population of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees. Nonprofit California educational institutions, IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) organizations and government agencies serving Alameda, Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties are eligible to apply. Gifts will be awarded in amounts from $1,000 to $20,000.

Established in 2008, the Community Gift 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 LLNS' community giving, which continues to benefit the Greater Bay Area.

In December 2012, LLNS matched $1 million in employee donations to the Laboratory's annual HOME (Helping Others More Effectively) Campaign. The HOME Campaign benefits community/nonprofit agencies in the Tri-Valley, San Joaquin Valley and 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 benefitted 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. It is both an honor and pleasure to be able to help support our community through this Gift Program," said Parney Albright, LLNS president and LLNL director.

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 of their proposal by Oct. 31, 2013.

More information on LLNS and its Community Gift Program is available. See the LLNS website for information on how to submit an application.