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WASHINGTON (April 4, 2013) — It's been five months since Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, but its effects linger, hindering the lives and livelihoods of children and families. Based on nearly 80 years of emergency experience, Save the Children knows that the restoration of children's programming is essential to rebuilding communities and is launching a recovery grant program to help some of the hardest-hit areas in New Jersey and New York.
Announced today, Save the Children's Hurricane Sandy Recovery Grant Program seeks to assist child-focused entities that experienced significant damage or interruption of business and programs due to Hurricane Sandy. Open to child care programs and K-12 schools, applications will be scored on a number of factors, including, the number of children who will benefit from the grant, how long children will benefit from the grant, and the extent of damage or loss of business operations. Grants will be awarded in increments of $5,000, with a maximum allotment of $50,000 per applicant.
Applications for Save the Children's Sandy Recovery Grant Program are available online at the U.S. Center for Child Development and Resiliency, www.savethechildren.org/USCenter. Questions can be submitted via email to USCenter@savechildren.org.
The grant recovery program is a critical initiative of Save the Children's Hurricane Sandy response. Immediately following Sandy's landfall on October 29, 2012, Save the Children's response team arrived on-the-ground in New Jersey and New York and has since worked in shelters, distributed goods, restored child care facilities and is currently guiding children and caregivers through its long-term emotional recovery program, Journey of Hope. To date, the organization has served more than 44,000 children and families as part of its Sandy response.
About Save the Children
Save the Children works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need — access to quality education, healthy foods, and opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment. When disasters strike, like hurricanes and wildfires, Save the Children is among the first on the ground, ensuring the needs of children are being met.
In the United States, Save the Children's early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and emergency response programs reached more than 185,000 children last year alone. For more information, visit www.savethechildren.org/usa.
About the U.S. Center for Child Development and Resiliency
A service of Save the Children, the U.S. Center for Child Development and Resiliency endeavors to equip professionals, volunteers and families with the skills and resources needed to give all children a better chance for a brighter future. Visit www.savethechildren.org/USCenter.
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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