news: Press Release: 2013 September 30 London Community Grant
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Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Awards Its First Community Grant in London to the West London Free School Library to Support Literacy Program
Boston, MA, September 30, 2013 – The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity established by attorneys from the law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP, awarded its first Community Grant in London to the West London Free School Library for the purchase of non-fiction books that will support the school’s academic studies. All books that are purchased through the grant will bear the legend, “This book was a donation from the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp.” According to grant applicant, Mr. A S Naismith, “The West London Free School Library, which has been opened for just over a year, provides quality education at no cost to local families. As a new state school, we currently do not have the funds to further invest in the library. Thanks to this Community Grant, we will be able to provide our students with new, quality books as part of our literacy program.”
This announcement follows the Foundation’s September 16, 2013 notice that it awarded its first-ever Relationship Grant to LIFEbeat Arts Practice Training, a UK charity providing transformational learning experiences for teenagers. The grant will be used specifically to support mentoring and summer camps. The annual Relationship Grants seek to improve inner-city education by forming a relationship with a non-profit organization through grant dollars, pro bono legal representation, and community service.
Al Wallis, Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., remarked, “Earlier this year, we expanded the Foundation’s educational grants program to include London, and we are delighted to award the first Community Grant to the West London Free School Library to help expand its literacy program. We are also excited to bring Foundation resources into the London area as part of our mission to advance innovative educational programs.”
Created to support front-line educators who often do not have a voice in funding decisions, the Community Grants subsidize small, concrete projects, which will improve inner-city education within Boston, Hartford, London, Providence, New York, or Washington DC within the coming year. The Foundation will generally consider grant applications monthly and award grants in an amount totaling not more than $2000 in any one month. The grant applications and an explanation of the program can be found at http://www.brownrudnickcenter.com/foundation/community-grant.
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