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|Angus to award grants in Sterlington|
Community groups and some government agencies in Sterlington will receive grant funding thanks to Sterlington's largest employer.
Each year, Angus Chemical provides up to $10,000 in grants through its Community Grants Program.
Sterlington Mayor Vern Breland said Angus Chemical has been a "great corporate citizen" and commended its parent-company, Dow Corp., for its continued commitment to community development through various grants.
Breland said he is hopeful one of the projects that continues to receive funding from Angus Chemical is Delta Project, which focuses on home repairs for elderly residents.
"Dow and Angus have been instrumental in helping us with the Delta Project," Breland said. "They've contributed almost $7,000 over the last three years."
Each year, Sterlington uses the money Angus gives the project as matching funds to secure larger grants. That means the town can provide more services to more people in need, Breland said.
Angus Chemical's Caesar Velasquez said the program exists because his company believes in supporting the community through responsive actions.
"One of the ways Angus accomplishes this is through the Community Grant Program, which helps local non-profit organizations and agencies address community needs and solve problems that improve the quality of life for area residents," said Velasquez, who also serves on the Sterlington Board of Aldermen.
The grants are awarded for "sustainable community service projects," meaning projects of long-term goals or long-term impact.
Breland said Delta Project has benefited greatly from Angus' participation, especially because the money Angus provides can be used as matching dollars for other grants.
"Without their continued financial support we wouldn't be able to continue helping our senior citizens with these minor home repairs we do," Breland said.
The grants are available to any non-profit group or agency that provides community service. Schools in Sterlington are also encouraged to apply.
Areas of interest targeted by the program for funding should focus on sustainable development and community investment such as home construction and repair, restoring wildlife or recreation areas, community health projects, parks and waterways clean up efforts and workforce development for area students.
Grants cannot be awarded to religious organizations, political candidates or individuals. Also, grants cannot be used for salaries, personal computers or travel expenses.
The maximum annual award per project is $2,000 and projects requiring less than $2,000 are encouraged to apply.
Grant applications must be postmarked by 4 p.m., Aug. 28.
All applications are evaluated by the Angus Chemical grants review committee to ensure compliance with all grant criteria.
If your organization is interested in applying for the grants, contact Joyce Priest, who manages the program. (318) 665-5109.