April 6, 2001

Pacific Bell Foundation Seeks Applications for Community Enrichment Program Grants

For the first time in the San Diego area, the Pacific Bell Foundation is making available $350,000 to community groups who develop innovative programs that use new technology for educational, economic and community development issues.

Through its new Community Enrichment Program, Pacific Bell will award grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to groups in San Diego, Riverside, Imperial, San Bernardino and Orange counties. Grants will be awarded to organizations whose applications demonstrate innovative programs which meet community needs to improve quality of life. Grant applications are available immediately and must be postmarked by June 1, 2001. The grants will be awarded in October 2001.

Pacific Bell's Community Enrichment program supports the Pacific Bell Foundation's mission to help meet the current needs of communities and address long-term community issues in the areas where Pacific Bell has a presence.

"As the leading telecommunications company in California for more than a century, Pacific Bell has a proud history of delivering new technologies to benefit the communities we serve, said David Nichols, regional president for Pacific Bell. "We are please to support organizations that are finding innovative uses for technology that enrich the quality of life for Californians."

To be considered for a grant, organizations must be classified as a government entity or have tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) status and be located in San Diego, Riverside, Imperial, San Bernardino or Orange counties. Organizations working in partnership with groups that meet these criteria also will be considered.

Applications will be judged based on a list of key criteria, including the ability of the project to:

• Meet community needs, especially in communities typically under-served by technological innovations

• Enhance the quality of life in San Diego, Riverside, Imperial or Orange counties

• Expand the availability of information resources

• Bridge gaps between communities

Pacific Bell and the Pacific Bell Foundation have committed more than $6 million over the past two years to local non-profits, school districts and community organizations.

"Pacific Bell has pledged to support the communities in which it operates," said Nich-ols. "And we're making good on that pledge by providing civic groups in California with the tools they need to make a difference. In addition to cash donations, Pacific Bell volunteers both employees and retirees - donate their time and experience to a variety of efforts in our communities in order to improve people's quality of life."

To receive more information on the San Diego, Riverside, Imperial and Orange counties Community Enrichment Program, including a complete program prospectus and application, contact the program office at 619-237-2041.

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