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Dow Corning Foundation Approves over $175,000 in U.S. Grants for Q2 2012

(Midland, MI) - The Dow Corning Foundation recently approved a total of just over $175,000 in funding to support organizations in Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky. Established in 1981, the Dow Corning Foundation is an endowed fund supported by contributions from Dow Corning Corporation and Hemlock Semiconductor Group.

The Foundation’s mission is to improve scientific literacy by increasing access to math, science and technology education at the pre-university level, improve vitality and quality of life in communities where Dow Corning and Hemlock Semiconductor employees work and reside, and to improve awareness and increased utilization of sustainable, innovative technologies to benefit society.

The following organizations were granted funding in Q2 2012:
Name Project Grant Amount
City of Frankenmuth, MIThe sustainable development of a fish and kayak passage at the Cass River Dam$15K
Clarksville Montgomery Schools, TNTeacher externship programs – providing teachers with business experience to support academic curriculum.$20K
East Hardin Middle School, KYPurchase of microscopes for classroom use$2,152
Elizabethtown Board of Education, KY Project Lead The Way - project based learning to prepare students for the global economy$25K
Midland Co. Education Service Agency, MIRenovate former Longview school building into an Early Childhood Learning Center$15K
Saginaw Career Complex, MI Project Lead The Way - project based learning to prepare students for the global economy$30K
Shelterhouse, MISelf-sufficiency programs and children’s services for survivors of domestic abuse & sexual assault$10K
Thomas Twp Fire Dept, MIPurchase of a replacement fire truck$50K
Underground Railroad, MIFacility improvements for survivors of domestic violence$10K

In addition to these grants, the Dow Corning Foundation has also established Donor Advised Funds with each of the Midland, Bay and Saginaw Community Foundations. The Dow Corning Foundation Donor Advised Funds Committee, comprised of Dow Corning and Hemlock Semiconductor employees, directs $150,000 annually in the Great Lakes Bay Region through these Funds.

Some of the organizations benefitting from the Donor Advised grants include: NEMSCA Headstart; Possibility Explorers; St John’s Lutheran School, YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region; Eastlawn Elementary School; H.H. Dow High; Midland Community Foundation/Santa House; Saginaw High FIRST Robotics Program; Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan and the Youth First Initiative. For information on applying to either the Dow Corning Foundation or the Dow Corning Donor Advised Funds visit:

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