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REC program to award $16K in grants

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative will award $16,000 in grants to emergency service agencies, non-profits and local area teachers. The grants are made possible through REC's Literacy Education and Rural Networking program. Completed applications must be returned to one of REC's offices or postmarked by Feb. 25.

"The LEARN program has made significant contributions to local communities," Ann M. Lewis, REC's director of communications and public relations, said for a press release. "Previous winners have provided their communities with weatherization programs, materials to repair the homes of low income families and emergency housing assistance. This grant helps agencies, teachers or emergency services groups who need extra funding to complete their mission."

The Cooperative began the LEARN program in 1996. Since then, the program has awarded grant money to the community in support of more than 90 projects throughout REC's service territory.

REC will award 16 grants to organizations in the following categories:

· Education - Five $500 and three $1,000 grants to individual or groups of teachers, from grades K through 12 who demonstrate teaching methods to students of REC members.
· Community - One $2,000 and four $1,000 grants will be awarded to non-profit groups serving REC members, or whose services directly benefit them.
· Emergency Service - Three $1,500 grants will be awarded to an emergency response team whose services directly benefit REC members.

Applications are available at any REC office, online at www.myrec.coop or by contacting Brian Wolfe, REC's public relations specialist, at 1-800-552-3904, ext. 5914 or brwolfe@myrec.coop.

REC provides electric service to over 155,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, the Cooperative manages more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay.


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