Middle Bit: Facebook Altoona Data Center donates $136,000 for local projects

The Facebook Altoona Data Center is providing over $136,000 in Community Action Grants to 11 community organizations to increase STEM education and technology initiatives in the area.

On Wednesday, a post on the Altoona Data Center Facebook page announced the news; 11 organizations received $136,970 in grant funding for 2018.

The 2018 recipients were:

  • Altoona Area Historical Society – $5,000
  • Altoona Public Library – $10,400
  • Bondurant Farrar High School – $10, 542
  • Morris Elementary/Bondurant Farrar School District – $10,000
  • Bondurant Farrar Middle School – $14,000
  • Class Act Productions – $14,948
  • Youth Code Iowa/Impacting the Next Generation – $12,180
  • Pi515 – $10,000
  • Southeast Polk Centennial and Willowbrook Elementary Schools – $30,000
  • Southeast Polk High School – $15,000
  • Southeast Polk Junior High School – $4,900

In total, the Facebook data center in Altoona has donated over $300,000 in grants the last three years.

Site coordinator Melissa Lawrence said every Facebook data center site offers community grants.

“Our way of giving back and being good stewards of the community we live and work in,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence said the application process is very simple—intentionally—and that applications open each October until the middle of December. She said organizations or projects that impact the students or communities of the Southeast Polk and Bondurant Farrar School Districts are what typically get supported.

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