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MLK grants can aid local programs

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Staff Report

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Local lawmakers are reminding Twin Counties nonprofit organizations and local government agencies of a grant available from the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission.

Grants of up to $1,000 are available to qualifying organizations and agencies wishing to create or strengthen programs that support King’s legacy, according to N.C. Sen. Angela Bryant, D-Nash, and N.C. Rep. Shelly Willingham, D-Edgecombe.

The Commission is interested in receiving innovative applications focused on awareness and education furthering the philosophy of nonviolence toward ourselves, others and the world, said N.C. Administration Department Secretary Machelle Sanders.

“The teachings and philosophy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. remain critically relevant for our communities, especially regarding the impact of nonviolence and the importance of embracing diversity,” Sanders said.

Grants will be awarded to entities across North Carolina to ensure statewide distribution of funds. Applicants are encouraged to partner with local youth councils, human relations councils and community organizations. Preference will be given to applicants striving to reach 50 or more youth ages 14 years and younger.

Interested nonprofits and agencies should use the application form on the MLK Jr. Commission’s website to identify their organization and define the specific program that will foster and promote King’s legacy and philosophy. Examples include, but are not limited to, peer-to-peer youth programs to enhance community relations, non-violence and peacemaking activities, digital and social media campaigns and promotion of cultural arts.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Nov. 30. Awards will be announced in December. If you have questions call the N.C. Administration Department at 919-807-2425.

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