NEW YORK, May 20, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Sprint (NYSE: S) announced today that it will recognize two New York City non-profit organizations that are making differences in the community through the 2010 Sprint Local Grant Program. Now in its second year, the program provides $25,000 Sprint Foundation grants to two New York City 501(c)3 organizations to support programs that provide a meaningful impact in Sprint's philanthropic focus areas of youth development (including mentoring, leadership and academic achievement), arts and culture, and environmental stewardship.
Nominations for the Sprint Local Grant Program will be accepted between 9 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, June 15, and 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, July 30, at www.sprint.com/localgiving. The two selected organizations will be notified by mid September, and the grants will be awarded by the end of the year. Eligible organizations must be located in the New York City area (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester Counties in New York, and Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Union Counties in New Jersey.). Additional eligibility requirements can be found at www.sprint.com/localgiving.
"Non-profit organizations play a vital role in any thriving community, and the Sprint Local Grant Program allows us to help these non-profits do what they do best - serve the people of New York City," said Debby Ballard, Sprint's director of Community Affairs. "By partnering together in this way, Sprint and community organizations can truly make an impact where it is needed most."
In 2009, Sprint awarded $25,000 Sprint Foundation grants to Tuesday's Children and YMCA of Greater New York through the Sprint Local Grant Program.
For additional information about the 2010 Sprint Local Grant Program or to submit a nomination (beginning June 15), please visit www.sprint.com/localgiving.
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About the Sprint Foundation
Since its establishment in 1989, the Sprint Foundation has provided more than $110 million to community organizations across the country with a special emphasis on those supporting K-12 education, positive youth development, arts and culture outreach, and Internet safety. Through direct grants and a robust matching-gifts program for employees and retirees, the Sprint Foundation creatively and thoughtfully delivers Sprint's commitment to championing the communities where Sprint customers and employees live.
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