Lowe’s Hometown Grant Program now taking applications

MOORESVILLE — Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) has funds available for charitable giving in the Wilkes County and town of Elkin areas and is seeking applications. Grants are awarded to local nonprofit organizations focused on public education or community improvement projects. Projects submitted for a hometown grant are considered and awarded separately from national LCEF grants.

“Lowe’s is committed to strengthening and supporting the communities where our customers and employees live and work,” said Maureen Ausura, chair of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “We are honored to support causes and projects that will create a lasting impact on our hometown communities and enrich the lives of our neighbors.”

Lowe’s Hometown Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from education, recreation and business in Wilkesboro-area communities, reviews applications and recommends grants for funding. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has earmarked $250,000 in annual contributions for Wilkesboro-area community improvement and public school projects. An additional $250,000 in hometown grants are also awarded to local nonprofit organizations in Iredell County and North Mecklenburg.

Examples of recent local LCEF grants include:

• $50,000 — Town of Wilkesboro was assisted with Yadkin Valley Marketplace Downtown Revitalization Project

• $22,875 — Barium Springs Home for Children received funding for upgrades in their therapeutic park drainage

• $50,000 — Playground addition for North Wilkesboro Elementary

• $25,000 — Moravian Creek Extension for the Yadkin River Greenway Council

To apply for a Lowe’s Hometown Grant, visit www.responsibility.lowes.com/apply-for-a-grant. Non-profit organizations should submit an application before Sept. 1 to be considered for the next review, but applications are accepted throughout the year and awarded quarterly.

The North Wilkesboro Hometown Grant Advisory Committee is comprised of community members from the Wilkesboro area including Don Easterling, Lowe’s; Jeff Ellis, Lowe’s; Cam Finley, Venture Properties; Gerald Lankford, North Wilkes Hardware; Nelson Martin, town of North Wilkesboro; Brian Peace, LCEF; and Rick Stegall, United Way.

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