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Inspire Mountain View Announces Winners of Grant Awards Totaling $525k


Less than three months after it began, Inspire Mountain View Grant awards were presented to applicants who most inspired public voters with their proposals to make Mountain View a more compassionate and equitable community, and a better place to live and work. Inspire Mountain View organizers also announced grant award funding had increased, allowing the number of grant awards to expand from the originally planned three, to a total of nine grant awards totaling $525k.

The nine Inspire Mountain View Challenge winners include:

$25k—Avenidas Generations Lab: Avenidas Generations Lab will provide older adults and their families in Mountain View with technology to aid them in living independently and with dignity.

$25k—Community School of Music & Arts: CSMA will host a three-day electronic music festival to engage the community at the intersection of technology and music.

$25k—Mission Be Inc: Mission Be will host a four-week series of Parent Nights to train parents and caregivers in mindfulness and compassion skills.

$50k—Youth Drama for All: Mountain View Drama for All will produce Mountain View Act for Good performing arts workshop series to unite people of all abilities, fostering empathy and inspiring an inclusive community.

$50k—Canopy with Living Classroom: Eco-Schoolyards will create model ecological schoolyards using urban landscapes to support local ecology at two Mountain View-Whisman school district campuses.

$50k—Alta Vista HS and Olimpico Learning: This program will bring together Alta Vista High School students to be peer-mentors to 250 younger students in Olimpico Leadership summer camps in Mountain View, and provide the opportunity for those peer-mentors to interact with tech industry volunteer role-models.

$100k—Mountain View Working Scholars: This program will provide individuals who work or live in Mountain View the opportunity to attain a no-cost Bachelor’s degree.

$100k—Soulforce Leadership: This program will train youth and community leaders to take action on local issues using mindfulness, compassion and nonviolence.

$100k—Community Services Agency: Community Services’ Access to Nutrition program will provide bi-weekly deliveries of fresh fruits, vegetables and high-protein foods with recipes and educational materials to 350 families.

For more information on the winners, visit www.InspireMV.org.

The Inspire Mountain View Challenge was sponsored by Google, LinkedIn, Symantec and Synopsys. Additional funding to increase the grant awards was provided by Google.

“We couldn’t have done this challenge without the support of all four companies. Google, LinkedIn, Symantec and Synopsys all have been instrumental in making the idea of inspiring innovative community projects a reality,” said Joe Eyre, managing director of the Inspire Mountain View Challenge. “Google’s increased funding demonstrates the company’s interest in the proposals and commitment to supporting Mountain View.”

Selection Criteria

The Inspire Mountain View Challenge received 40 proposals, from which a panel of judges selected 18 finalists for public voting. Public voting ran for three weeks in April, during which several thousand registered votes were cast.

Inspire Mountain View challenged applicants to submit proposals to make Mountain View a more compassionate and equitable community, and a better place to live and work. Additional criteria for selecting winners included:

• Innovation and creativity

• Feasibility of project to be completed within 12 months

• Measurable impact

The Inspire Mountain View Community Challenge was open to 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and to individuals, government agencies, or for-profit organizations that partner with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Programs that are fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit were also eligible to apply.

Inspire Mountain View is managed by Los Altos Community Foundation, which serves the communities of Los Altos and Mountain View. For more information visit http://losaltoscf.org/.

Financial Sponsors:

Google (http://www.Google.org)

Symantec (https://www.symantec.com/about/corporate-responsibility)

Synopsys (https://www.synopsys.com/company/global-citizenship/community-involvement.html)

LinkedIn (https://linkedinforgood.linkedin.com/en-us)

Managing Partner:

Los Altos Community Foundation http://losaltoscf.org/


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