Google has awarded two grants to support STEM programs and help local nonprofits gain access to resources and funding. The grants come as the tech giant is investing $1.2 billion to build data centers in the Arcola Center development and Stonewall Business Park south of Leesburg.
“As we get our operations underway in Loudoun County, we’re starting to get to know the community better and are proud to support two organizations doing great work to support students, schools and nonprofits across the county: The Loudoun Education Foundation and the Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties,” stated Kelley Edwards, an operations manager who will oversee the two new data centers. “We look forward to deepening our roots here as our facilities come online and our teams are hired.”
The Community Foundation manages 67 component funds and has provided more than $6 million in grants during the past 20 years.
”Our focus in Loudoun is accelerating community giving,” said Community Foundation Board Chair Tracey White. “Google’s gift will be used to help strengthen the long-term resources within the local nonprofit community as well as fuel our direct services and the programming that supports their leadership.”
The Loudoun Education Foundation works with Loudoun County Public Schools to provide funding for programs and school initiatives. Google’s grant will support STEM programs, teacher training and grants for classroom materials, and special programs like the Backpack Coalition, which feeds 850 students and their families each week during the school year.
“We are incredibly grateful for Google’s generosity and commitment to the success of the students and teachers in Loudoun County Public Schools. Their recent grant will allow the Loudoun Education Foundation to support both innovative and critical programs across the County,” said Samantha Courtney, the Loudoun Education Foundation’s director of Development. “We are looking forward to welcoming Google to our community and building our partnership in the years to come.”
“Google is making historic capital investments in Loudoun County, and these grants to the Community Foundation and the Loudoun Education Foundation demonstrate the company’s long-term commitment to the region and its citizens,” said Stephen Moret, the president and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. “STEM education at the K-12 level is critical to help create innovators of the future as well as to develop a robust tech talent pipeline with the 21st-century skills to serve high-tech employers across the Commonwealth for decades to come. Google is an exemplary corporate citizen, and VEDP looks forward to a continued partnership as the company expands its presence in Virginia.”
“While we are very appreciative of Google’s commercial investment in Loudoun, we’re even more excited about the way they have invested in our community. From the day we first started working with them at their Loudoun campuses, their leadership has shown time and time again that they want to be a good neighbor, a good partner and contributing member of Loudoun County,” said Loudoun Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer. “It’s incredibly rewarding for me to watch companies like Google fully engage in giving back to the communities where they work.”