The New Albany Community Foundation will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020.

For nearly a quarter of a century, the foundation has advanced the community's aspirations and the goals set forth by forward-thinking community leaders to impact lifelong learning, arts and culture, health and wellness and a sustainable environment.

As we look forward to that landmark anniversary next year, it's exciting to know that Facebook, one of our newest corporate residents, will announce the launch of its first Facebook Community Action Grants program.

Like the New Albany Community Foundation, Facebook is committed to investing in the long-term vitality of New Albany, the surrounding area and our residents by supporting projects that meet community needs. We've already seen this commitment through Facebook's support of the community foundation, the New Albany Chamber of Commerce and other programs.

Across the global Facebook data-center network, this grant program has invested millions of dollars in projects that strengthen STEM education, put the power of technology to use for a community's benefit or connect people on or offline. In other communities like ours, Facebook's Community Action Grants program has funded a universally inclusive playground, science kits for an elementary school and a Girl Scouts field trip in support of STEM education.

If you are involved with a nonprofit community organization or a school that meets one or more of the guidelines, I encourage you to learn more about the Facebook Community Action Grants program. Applicants must be a registered charitable organization in the U.S., which includes 501(c)(3) public charities, public schools, government entities, municipalities, etc.

You can learn more by visiting the New Albany Data Center Facebook page. A note on that page provides all of the guidelines and criteria for the program.

The online application window opened Nov. 4, and all applications must be submitted by midnight Dec. 3. A link to the grant application will be available on the New Albany Data Center Facebook page.

Grant applications will be reviewed by a committee of Facebook employees. Recommendations will be based on the application's overall merit and adherence to the guidelines.

Facebook partners with Charities Aid Foundation of America to administer all grant awards; CAF America's privacy policy is available at

When companies invest in public/private partnerships that support our community's overall goals, each and every one of us benefits. We're grateful to Facebook for quickly becoming a valued community partner.

Craig Mohre is president of the New Albany Community Foundation.