WASHINGTON, DC – The TEGNA Foundation, the charitable foundation sponsored by TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) and its Washington, DC affiliate TV station, WUSA9, announced today the first-round of 2018 DC Metro community grants.
The seven grants were vetted and recommended by a committee of employees from WUSA9, including Richard Dyer, President and General Manager. The recommended grants receive final approval by the TEGNA Foundation Board of Directors.
“Our station’s Impact initiative and our DC Metro grants identify a challenge in our community, and work with deserving organizations and our neighbors to solve the problem,” said Richard Dyer. “We serve our community with what we call ‘soul and sweat equity,’ and hope it inspires our audience to do the same.”
This year’s first-round grants for the Washington, DC area include:
• United Way of the National Capital Area: Supporting the Impact/Give Back “Do More 24” event at WUSA on May 17, 2018, which raised nearly $2.2 million
• Arc of Prince George’s County, Inc.: Supporting the Dental Service Project, which provides in-need individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with extensive dental care
• Britepaths, Inc.: Supporting the weekend supplemental food program, helping students in Fairfax County Public Schools who depend on free or reduced-price meals
• Children’s Science Center: Providing informal science learning opportunities for students, parents and teachers from Title I schools in the area
• Girls on the Run, DC: Supporting the after-school mentorship program for pre-teen girls in underserved communities in the District of Columbia
• Girls on the Run NOVA: Supporting the after-school mentorship programs for pre-teen girls in underserved communities in northern Virginia
• Stepping Stones Shelter, Inc.: Supporting the Post-Shelter Program, which provides case management support and referrals to families that have recently moved out of the shelter
TEGNA Foundation’s DC Metro grants committee identified priority areas for the upcoming second round of DC Metro community grant funding, including programs targeting at-risk middle school students, services for veterans, and nonprofits and programs that support the LGBTQ community.
Proposals will also be considered that respond to other urgent community needs. For information on how to apply click here. Applications are due by August 29.
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About TEGNA Foundation
The TEGNA Foundation is a corporate foundation sponsored by TEGNA Inc. Through its Community Grant Program, TEGNA Foundation serves the greater good of our communities by supporting nonprofit activities where TEGNA does business. Through its other programs, the Foundation invests in the future of the media industry, encourages employee giving, and contributes to a variety of charitable causes.
At TEGNA, we are driven by our strong purpose of serving the greater good of our communities. Our values – inclusion, integrity, innovation, impact and results – help us better understand and serve those in need. The Foundation is proud to fund nonprofit organizations and programs that promote and celebrate the diversity of the communities we serve.
On January 16, 1949, Channel 9, then a new CBS network affiliate station, began its first official broadcast. Since that time, there have been several sets of call letters (WOIC, WTOP, WDVM, and today, WUSA) and Washington has grown from a small television market to one of the top ten markets in the country. WUSA9 is now part of TEGNA Inc., one of the largest, most geographically diverse broadcasters in the U.S. Learn more at www.wusa9.com.