BATON ROUGE, La. – More than a dozen Louisiana nonprofit organizations were awarded some $357,000 in grants by the Entergy Charitable Foundation to boost local education, expand environmental programs and help create poverty solutions in communities served by Entergy.
The grants bring the total awarded to nonprofits by Entergy shareholders in 2014 to more than $15 million, including $2.6 million from the Entergy Charitable Foundation.
Awards to Louisiana groups included:
· $100,000 to Single Stop USA to expand a program that helps low-income students stay in school to South Louisiana Community College, SOWELA Technical Community College and Mississippi Delta Community College. The schools were chosen because they serve student populations with significant financial need. In addition, SLCC and SOWELA were selected because they serve regions where the state’s industrial expansion has created a need for skilled workers.
· $22,500 to help support the Southeastern Louisiana University-affiliated Project LION after-school program in Hammond.
· $18,674 to support the West Feliciana Drug Awareness Council’s substance abuse awareness program for students in the first, fourth and sixth grades of the parish schools.
“A healthy, educated, environmentally safe and productive society benefits all stakeholders – our owners, customers, employees and communities,” said Patty Riddlebarger, Entergy’s director of corporate social responsibility. “At the same time, community outreach provides an outward and visible sign of Entergy employees’ longtime commitment to providing sustainable value through volunteerism.”
Entergy Charitable Foundation grants are offered annually by the foundation through two award cycles. The deadline for grant applications for the first cycle in 2015 is Feb. 1. Applications and additional information are available at entergy.com.
Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. provide electric service to more than one million Louisiana customers. Additionally, Entergy Gulf States Louisiana provides natural gas service to approximately 93,000 customers in the greater Baton Rouge area. With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,000 employees.