Areas where Facebook has data centers — Prineville, Ore., and Forest City, N.C. — have received community action grants from the social network, and Altoona, Iowa, is next up, as the social network announced in a post on its Altoona Data Center page that the deadline to apply is Monday, Dec. 15.
Facebook offered more details in this Help Center post:
Facebook is committed to playing a positive role in the communities in which we operate. While we work globally, nothing changes the fact that we live locally and want to harness our success to help strengthen our own communities. The Facebook Community Action Grants Program is committed to investing in the long-term vitality of the region and its residents by supporting nonprofits that meet community needs. In that spirit, Facebook’s Altoona Data Center will be awarding competitive grants for projects and/or organizations based in Altoona, Pleasant Hill, Mitchellville, Runnells, Bondurant and Farrar in Iowa and/or any areas served by the Southeast Polk Community School District or Bondurant Farrar Community School District.
Grant applications will be reviewed by a committee of Facebook employees led by data center manager Brice Towns and awarded based on their merit and adherence to the guidelines outlined below.
Facebook grants are available for 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 promoting local economic development.
The maximum grant amount per recipient is $15,000.
Groups may apply for one grant per 501(c)(3) registration.
Grant applications will be accepted until midnight Dec. 15, 2014. Grants will be awarded in February 2015.
Facebook community grants are intended for nonprofit and certain public organizations. We cannot fund for-profit companies through this program.
Eligible organizations must have a Facebook page. This requirement does not extend to personal pages. To create a Facebook page for your organization prior to submitting your grant applications, please visit facebook.com/pages/create.php.
The funds allocated should be used during a specific time period and have demonstrable metrics that can be publicly reported. We will ask for a semi-annual report of how the funds are being used and their impact.
The following types of organizations are not eligible for Facebook community grants:
- Organizations whose mission or activities include proselytizing on behalf of any religion.
- Organizations that make hiring choices based on race, gender, faith, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.
- Organizations that promote or support specific political ideologies, doctrines, candidates or issues.
Altoona and the surrounding community has been a welcoming and encouraging partner, and Facebook is very pleased to call this area home.