Facebook's grant program expands to other counties

Aug. 14, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Facebook today announced the opening and expansion of its 2014 local grants program in Western North Carolina. Now in its fourth year, the community action grants program will be extended beyond Rutherford County for the first time. 

This year, nonprofits and certain public organizations in Rutherford, Cleveland, McDowell, and Polk counties are invited to apply. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/ForestCityDataCenter.

Facebook’s community action grants program is focused on investing in the long-term vitality of Western North Carolina and its residents. It will award $125,000 in competitive grants to projects that address critical community needs by putting the power of technology to use for community benefit, connecting people online or off, improving education and spurring local economic development. Since 2011, Facebook has awarded more than $450,000 to community organizations in Rutherford County.

“Facebook is proud that our grants program is a resource to help nonprofits and outreach organizations meet the needs of the region,” said Keven McCammon, site manager for Facebook’s data center in Forest City. “We believe in partnering with the community to help fund programs that positively impact the area, and we welcome applications from our neighbors in Cleveland, McDowell, and Polk counties.”

Grant applications will be accepted until Saturday, Sept. 30. Grant applications will be reviewed by a committee of Facebook employees led by Keven McCammon and awarded based on their merit and adherence to a set of guidelines. The maximum grant amount per recipient is $15,000.