FLF Receives $10,000 “A Community Thrives” Grant from USA TODAY NETWORK and The Gannett Foundation

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June 12, 2019


Fairfax Library Foundation Receives $10,000 “A Community Thrives” Grant From USA TODAY NETWORK and The Gannett Foundation


Fairfax Library Foundation will receive a local community operating grant for the STEAM Wagon project.


STEAM Wagon Mockup, Artist Rendering by Citizen X Design

June 12, 2019 (Fairfax, Virginia) – Fairfax Library Foundation was announced a grant recipient of A Community Thrives, a grantmaking and crowd-funding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK and a part of the Gannett Foundation. Fairfax Library Foundation will receive a $10,000 local community operating grant for the STEAM Wagon project.


A Community Thrives supports non-profit organizations with projects focused on community building and has helped to contribute more than $6.5 million since 2017. This year, A Community Thrives engaged participants in 46 states. Fairfax Library Foundation was named one of the winners of a local community operating grant from the DC Metro A Community Thrives program.


“The Fairfax Library Foundation is proud to be the recipient of a local community operating grant in support of our STEAM Wagon project with the Fairfax County Public Library. It is exciting to know that our joint efforts to provide comprehensive, engaging, and innovative programs for communities throughout Fairfax County is recognized and supported,” said Lisa Bryant, Executive Director of the Fairfax Library Foundation.


The Fairfax Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable and educational organization committed to providing supplementary support to the Fairfax County Public Library. The Foundation, while reinforcing the need for continued and increased public support for the Library, serves as a catalyst for attracting private funding from individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations to enhance library services for the community. The A Community Thrives grant will support the development of the STEAM Wagon project, a “one-stop shop” geared for youth ages 0-18, but will serve residents of all-ages living in low-impact areas of Fairfax County, bringing the tools and resources for STEAM-oriented learning right into their neighborhoods.


“I am beyond pleased that the Fairfax Library Foundation is the recipient of a local community operating grant from DC Metro A Community Thrives in support of our new STEAM Wagon. The STEAM Wagon will create new outlets for educational opportunities across the county, bringing coding, robotics, 3D printers, and other maker skills to communities of children and adults who might not be able to make it to a library location,” said Jessica Hudson, Director of the Fairfax County Public Library.


“We are proud of the work the Fairfax Library Foundation has done to enhance the Fairfax County Public Library and the Fairfax County community. At Gannett, our mission is to connect and empower our readers to make a difference in the communities they are a part of. Through A Community Thrives, we are further fueling our mission and purpose,” said Andy Yost, Chief Marketing Officer, Gannett.


About A Community Thrives

A Community Thrives is a grantmaking and crowd-funding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK and is part of the Gannett Foundation. A Community Thrives supports non-profit organizations with projects focused on community building and has helped to contribute more than $6.5 million since 2017.


About USA TODAY NETWORK

USA TODAY NETWORK, part of Gannett Co, Inc. (NYSE: GCI), is the largest local-to-national media organization in the country, powered by our award-winning newsrooms and marketing solutions business. With deep roots in local communities spanning the U.S. with more than 100 brands, plus USA TODAY, we engage about 126 million people every month through a diverse portfolio of multi-platform content offerings and experiences. For more information, visit www.gannett.com.


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