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R-MWC Receives Kresge Foundation Grant

Grant will allow the College to plan new PER/SAC building as an environmentally sustainable facility

5/1/2006 3:11:33 PM


LYNCHBURG — Randolph-Macon Woman’s College has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation toward the costs associated with planning a new Physical Education and Recreation/Student Activity Center building as an environmentally sustainable facility.

Grant funds may be used for professional consultation to develop the green building plan, energy analysis and modeling, materials analysis, and ecological site planning for water management and landscaping.

The Kresge Foundation is a $2.9 billion national foundation that builds stronger nonprofit organizations–catalyzing their growth, helping them connect with their stakeholders, and challenging them with grants that leverage greater support. The Foundation concentrates its programming on capital campaigns as a key opportunity for nonprofit growth. In 2005, the Foundation awarded 217 grants totaling $131,770,027 to organizations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, and Mexico.

Its mission is to strengthen nonprofit organizations that advance the well-being of humanity. The organization believes that strong, sustainable, high-capacity organizations are positioned to achieve their missions and strengthen communities.

The Foundation’s Green Building Initiative, launched in 2003, is intended to increase the awareness of sustainable or green building practices among nonprofits and encourage them to consider building green. Upfront planning and an integrated design process are necessary to achieve the full benefits of a green building. The Initiative offers educational resources and special grants to help nonprofits during this planning phase.

The Initiative’s Planning Grant program encourages nonprofits working in the arts, health, and human service areas to consider green for the first time. Grant guidelines in this program encourage environmentally-focused organizations to innovate, creating new models of sustainable design. Planning grants are available in amounts from $25,000 to $100,000.

As of February 2006, The Kresge Foundation has awarded 64 planning grants totaling $4,146,000 since the Initiative's launch.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations