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Weston Education Foundation To Award $1,500 Grants

WESTON, Conn. – The Weston Education Foundation is accepting applications for the Community Education Grant. The grant gives Weston-based organizations and individuals the opportunity to apply for up to $1,500 to develop educational programs to benefit its constituents and/or the residents of the town. The foundation will fund up to five organizations' initiatives for 2011-12. The most recent Community Education grants were awarded to the Weston Historical Society and the Weston Sustainability Committee.

The Weston Education Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3), community-based organization whose mission is to promote excellence and innovation in education for Weston residents of all ages. Since 1994, the foundation has provided financial support for worthy projects and programs in the Weston community. Examples of past programs that have been funded are the Weston Open Learning series, Weston Talks, computer education at the Senior Center, funding for a speaker series sponsored by the Weston Sustainability Committee, Civil War remembrance activities at the Weston Historical Society, the television studio at the high school and sponsorship of the 'Years in the Making' documentary film.

The Weston Education Foundation will give priority to:

• New or pilot projects

• Projects that promote educational opportunities

• Projects that include a clearly defined plan with defined outcomes

• Projects that address sustainability at the end of the grant term (if applicable)

• Projects that promote community building

Weston-based organizations or individuals are encouraged to apply for any program or project that they feel will enhance the education and community involvement of Weston residents. Organizations may apply for projects in the arts, education, culture, environment, health and human services, or any other area that they feel will be of value to the Weston community.

The Weston Education Foundation does NOT fund:

• Support for religious or political organizations

• Annual appeals or fundraising events

• Open space purchases

• For-profit, parochial, charter, or private schools

• Nonprofit endowments

• Capital requests

The Weston Education Foundation will accept grant applications for Community Education Grants through Nov. 1. The Grants Committee will review the applications and grants will be announced no later than Nov. 18.

Please contact board member Marti Fischer at mfgrants@optonline.net or226-2815 to learn more about the Community Education Grant and for an application packet.

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