According to a release issued by Limerick-based John Middleton Company, a subsidiary of the Altria Companies, the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) has launched the 2013 grant cycle. Applications from eligible 501(c)(3) organizations operating in Pennsylvania and our other states are being accepted through Feb. 19.
Grant awardees will be selected based on their local impact and programming in one of the ACECF’s targeted focus areas – emergency services, domestic violence, homelessness, hunger relief, senior services, and youth services. Awardees will be announced in August.
According to Altria, 120 nonprofits received more than $2.4 million in grants to support their mission and fulfill community needs last year. Organizations interested in being considered for this year’s funding opportunity can access the application and funding guidelines here.
ACECF is a workplace giving program that is staffed solely by Altria employees who are passionate about making a difference in their local communities. The dedicated ACECF Employee Committees volunteer their time each year to facilitate the funding of organizations that have the most impact to the communities. Altria supplies ACECF with an annual contribution and covers its administrative costs, which ensures all employee dollars go directly to the funding of local nonprofits. Established in 2000 to increase employee engagement in the surrounding communities, ACECF has since awarded 1,313 grants to local organizations totaling nearly $35 million.
For a complete list of 2012 grantees and project descriptions, please review the 2012 ACECF Annual Report here.