LIVERMORE, Calif. -Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) is kicking off its annual Community Gift Program for 2014 to benefit local and surrounding area nonprofit organizations.
LLNS manages Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.
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 72 applications for grants in 2013. Twenty-four 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, engineering and cultural arts. The Community Gift Program expands upon LLNS' community giving, which continues to benefit the Greater Bay Area.
In December 2013, LLNS matched $1 million in employee donations to the Laboratory's HOME (Helping Others More Effectively) Campaign. The HOME Campaign benefits community/nonprofit agencies and has raised more than $2 million annually since 2007 through employee donations that go directly to agencies selected by employees. Last year, LLNL employees pledged more than $2.3 million to the HOME Campaign which benefitted more than 600 agencies. Adding the $1 million LLNS match brought the total contribution to more than $3.3 million.
"It is an honor for us to help support the community where we live and work" said Bill Goldstein, recently appointed LLNS president and LLNL director. "I know the recipients appreciate our support and the impact of the services they provide is important for all of us," he added.
All organizations interested in applying to the LLNS Community Gift Program must submit a gift application to LLNS by Aug. 8, 2014. 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 Sept. 15, 2014.
LLNS manages Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. LLNS is comprised of: Bechtel, the largest project management contractor in the United States; The University of California, the world's largest public research institution; BWX Technologies and Washington Division of URS Corporation, the top two DOE nuclear facilities contractors; and Battelle, a global leader in science and technology and technology commercialization. The team also includes Texas A&M University, which provides programs in homeland security and national security.