GM Foundation Grants $100,000 to Outreach in Arlington

ARLINGTON – Arlington Assembly announced today it will provide $100,000 in grants to various community agencies through the General Motors Foundation’s Plant City Grants program. These grants will be used to help fund essential outreach programs aimed at building a stronger community and enriching lives in the Arlington area.

“The GM Foundation is committed to supporting the communities that our employees call home,” said GM Foundation Vice President Lori Wingerter. “This year, we’re planning to provide $2 million in funding to hundreds of organizations that provide critical resources and programs that families and neighborhoods rely on each and every day.”

Through the Plant City Grants program, funds will support the following organizations and community initiatives:
◾Arlington Independent School District Foundation– $10,000 will support teacher grants, bringing new opportunities for innovation and technology into classrooms across the Arlington ISD.
◾Community Food Bank of Fort Worth – This $10,000 grant will help feed more than 450 local families and support the operational expenses for the food bank’s mission.
InspirED (Higher Education Servicing Corporation) – A $5,000 grant will support programs to encourage students and families to be college ready and to provide detailed guidance on such things as admissions, testing, scholarships and the intricacies of applying for financial aid.
◾Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail – A $10,000 grant will support this high school activity-based, interactive instruction, which focuses on entrepreneurship, financial literacy and college readiness.
◾Arlington Independent School District Foundation – $7,500 will support the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) program, which brings hands-on education outdoors.
◾Mansfield Independent School District Foundation – $7,500 will support the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) program, which brings hands-on education outdoors.
◾River Legacy Foundation – A $10,000 grant will support the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) regional programs and help reach more than 1,000 students through its water monitoring events.
◾Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) – A $10,000 grant will provide an opportunity for Remynse Elementary School to host the “TAME” trailblazers, a one-of-a-kind science museum on wheels, for its students.
◾United Way of Tarrant County – A $20,000 grant will help support its mission to help the community learn well, earn well and live well in Tarrant County.
◾University Crossroads (University of Texas – Arlington) – A $10,000 grant will help local students navigate the road to higher education.

“We are thrilled to give back to a community that has been home to us for more than 60 years,” said Juan Carlos Jimenez, plant manager, Arlington Assembly. “By using these funds to support our local schools and the underserved, we help provide needed services to our community and also help prepare a workforce for the future.”

The GM Foundation grants are given to a wide variety of organizations across the country that families rely on to provide much-needed services, improve education and positively impact the quality of life within their respective communities.

About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, the Environment and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.