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TREASURE COAST -- The Verizon Foundation has launched a new program to provide $100,000 in grants to Florida organizations in the effort to prevent domestic violence and to serve victims of abuse.
The 2013 Florida Domestic Violence Prevention Solutions Grant Program is open to nonprofit agencies and organizations all over the state.
Funding will be distributed in individual grants up to $10,000 each.
The focus this year will be on programs that do one or more of the following:
Support health and wellness of families affected by domestic violence or provide training to first responders/health care professionals to safely screen for domestic violence.
Engage men to act to prevent domestic violence in the office, at home, or in other social situations.
Educate teens on using new choices to create safe digital dating and healthy relationships.
Provide workforce development and entrepreneurship training for individuals participating domestic violence prevention programs.
The new request-for-proposal is the latest of a long-running effort by the Verizon Foundation, the company's HopeLine program and other initiatives in partnership with Florida organizations against domestic violence.
The company has contributed millions of dollars of funding and other support to various groups across the state in recent years.
The deadline to apply for the new program is 5 p.m. Aug. 30.
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by early October.
To apply, go to www.verizon.com/foundation.