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Facebook's Fort Worth data center awards inaugural grants

Posted Feb. 2, 2018

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Two city-affiliated programs were among 16 recipients of the inaugural Facebook Fort Worth Community Action Grants program. Grants totaled $202,870.

“In the last few years, Fort Worth has welcomed Facebook with open arms, and today we are happy to give back to our community with the announcement of our first-ever Fort Worth Community Action Grants,” said Ed Ames, Facebook site manager. “There are many innovative nonprofit organizations doing amazing work in our community, investing in STEM education, connecting people online and off, and putting the power of technology in people’s hands. We’re excited to be able to assist some of them with our grant program.”

More than 50 organizations applied for grants. Among the winners:

Fort Worth Public Library Foundation ($5,500). The goal of the grant is to expand the library’s STEM programming with the popular Panther Lab Mobile Cat Makerspace to four additional library locations. Each Mobile Cat will house a 3D printer and use state-of-the-art software to produce high-quality 3D objects.

Read Fort Worth ($33,000). This citywide initiative promotes early literacy with the goal of attaining 100 percent literacy for all third-graders. The grant will be used to purchase books for one low performing school in the Fort Worth Independent School District. The FWISD developed a list of high-interest and culturally-relevant classroom books sorted by grade and reading level for the project. Read Fort Worth is also developing a metrics dashboard to gauge progress on the initiative.

Facebook broke ground on the data center project on State Highway 170 in Fort Worth’s AllianceTexas development in 2015. The social media giant is currently building a $267 million addition to the more than 100-acre data center project.

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