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Education Alliance program funds community partnership grants 

The-Education-AllianceCHARLESTON, W.Va.  (June 2, 2015) – The Education Alliance announced this week a new grant program for local organizations and community partnerships that have the goal of promoting a greater public understanding of a support for a strong West Virginia education system.

Under the program, 10 local partner organizations will be awarded $2,000 grants to engage their communities through local media outreach, positive community engagement events, and other efforts to galvanize local community support for public education.

The “Education Powers Tomorrow” grant program is the first phase of an upcoming statewide public awareness campaign to be conducted by The Education Alliance this fall to promote the benefits of West Virginia’s public education system.  Through this grant program, the Alliance is seeking local partners to supplement the statewide campaign in their local communities around the state.  The Alliance will provide campaign materials, including customizable radio and print advertisements, to groups who are selected to participate.

“We sincerely hope local groups around the state will help us leverage community support for public education to ensure we provide a quality education for our West Virginia students. Education is the fuel that will drive West Virginia for the next generation and generations to come.  But that future will only be as bright as we make it so we’re asking people to get involved,”  said Amelia Courts, Ed.D., president/CEO of The Education Alliance.

In their grant application, applicants will be asked to describe how they would use the $2,000 grant and what specific activities they will conduct to promote an improved understanding and greater appreciation of the role public education plays in West Virginia’s future.

Applications for the EPT program are due to the Alliance by no later than June 30 and can be found at  Applications may be submitted by email to Caroline Goodall at [email protected] or by facsimile to 304-342-0046. Grant recipients will be announced on July 6.

About The Education Alliance: Founded in July 1983 as the first statewide public education fund in the nation, The Education Alliance is a private-sector initiative to help businesses understand the importance of financially and resourcefully supporting the state’s public schools and to give business a voice in public education that advances policies and practices to continually improve public school student achievement in West Virginia.

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