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Facebook Offering Grants to WNC Nonprofits

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FOREST CITY, N.C. -

Facebook is offering a helping hand to nonprofits in Western North Carolina.

The social media company is now accepting applications for its 2014 community action grant program. This is the fourth year Facebook has offered such assistance, but this will be the first time groups outside of Rutherford County have been invited to participate.

Since 2011, Facebook has awarded more than $450,000 to community organizations in Rutherford County. However, this year, nonprofits and certain public organizations in Cleveland, McDowell, and Polk Counties are also eligible to apply.

The program 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.

"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."

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

To learn or submit an application, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/147514218776554

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