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Battelle Energy Alliance announced Wednesday that it is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2019 Community Giving and Technology based Economic Development campaigns.

Battelle Energy Alliance manages Idaho National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Each grant program focuses on a distinct audience and purpose, a Battelle news release said. Applications for charitable or philanthropic donations for both programs will be accepted until Oct. 15.

Fiscal Year 2019 Community Giving Campaign

INL's Community Giving program provides Battelle Energy Alliance corporate-funded donations in areas such as human services, health, environment, arts and civic projects.

“The program’s primary mission is to give to organizations that support the basic needs of children and the underprivileged,” Lori Priest, INL Community Relations Program manager, said in the release. "We care about our community and we are committed to providing support to programs that help feed the hungry and provide basic shelter and safety to those in need.”

Since 2005, the program has provided support for a variety of outreach efforts.

“For those of us fortunate enough to work at INL, this is a wonderful opportunity to make a contribution in our communities,” Amy Lientz, director of INL’s Partnerships team, said in the release. “As an institution, we strive to be good neighbors and a positive force that helps improve the lives of those in need.”

Fiscal Year 2019 Technology-based Economic Development Campaign

INL's Technology-based Economic Development program targets projects aimed at spurring regional economic development, technology-based economic development, talent pipeline and entrepreneurship throughout Idaho.

Last year, INL awarded grants that supported veterans transitioning into the workforce, helped create lending libraries in rural Idaho for online coding classes, provided 3D printers to entrepreneurs and helped members of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes build grant-writing skills, the release said.

Application information and submission process for the grants is as follows:

Organizations must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit entities. A copy of the IRS tax-exempt letter must accompany the form. INL’s charitable donation program does not fund political or religious organizations, emergency response, courtesy advertisements, athletic programs or events, individuals, contests or extracurricular school activities. This funding does not include requests for K-12 education donations.

For further information on K-12 science, technology, engineering and math educational funding requests and grant cycles, contact Brenda Greenhalgh by emailing brenda.greenhalgh@inl.gov.

Submit 2019 donation request forms by Oct. 15. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be included in the review process.

Decisions about 2019 contributions will be made by Dec. 17. Notifications will be sent to requesting organizations informing them of funding awards. Funds will be for projects for the period of Oct. 1, 2018, to Sept. 30, 2019.

For full details on both programs, or to download the 2019 request for donation form, visit inl.gov. From there, mouse over the menu in the top right — over “Partner with INL,” then choose either “Community Involvement/Community and Education Outreach” or “Economic and Workforce Development.”

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