GSK awards $360,000 in grants to Triangle organizations

From staff reportsDecember 4, 2013 

  • The recipients

    • Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley Inc., for protecting the river basin’s nature, culture and history.

    • The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, for providing home services to seniors and adults with disabilities.

    • Communities in Schools of Wake County, for encouraging at-risk students to remain in school.

    • Farmer Foodshare, for connecting farm-fresh food with agencies that serve at-risk individuals.

    • Haven House, for guidance to at-risk Wake County youths.

    • Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, for combating hunger.

    • Kidznotes, Inc., for providing classical music training for underprivileged children.

    • PLM Families Together Inc., for helping families move from homelessness to independence.

    • Student U, for promoting healthy lifestyles through education-based programs.

GlaxoSmithKline awarded $40,000 each to nine Triangle nonprofit organizations Wednesday for their work toward improving public health.

In 17 years, the GSK program, called IMPACT, has awarded more than $6 million to 150 nonprofits.

The program had been limited to nonprofits that focus on health care, but the company expanded it to include those that focus on other categories, such as improving graduation rates, employment and access to green spaces. The company received about 60 applications this year, Katie Loovis, director of the U. S. Community Partnerships for GSK.

“These are unsung heroes in our community,” Loovis said. “These nine programs provide excellent examples of innovative ways to tackle community challenges and make sure we all can live healthier, longer lives.”

Applicants for an IMPACT award must be located in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Person, Orange or Wake counties and have annual operating expenses between $160,000 and $5 million.

Applications for next year’s round of selections will be available in March or April on the website www. us.gsk.com in the section “Our work with communities.”

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