The Verizon Foundation and HopeLine from Verizon are committed to investing $500,000 in New England-based nonprofits that support those impacted by domestic violence this year.

As part of this investment, the Verizon Foundation is inviting nonprofit agencies in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont to apply for a total of $250,000 in grants through a Request for Proposal to support domestic violence prevention and service programs.  Through the 2011 Verizon Foundation New England Domestic Violence Solutions Awards RFP, nonprofits are invited to compete for grants of up to $10,000 to support domestic violence service initiatives.

In addition to the RFP, an additional $250,000 will support programs that use technology to improve the reach of services to survivors of domestic violence, and fund a new entrepreneurial program that will help survivors of domestic violence start businesses, giving them the economic self-sufficiency needed to support their families and rebuild their lives.

The Verizon Foundation is focused on helping survivors of domestic violence and raising awareness of this often silent epidemic.  In 2011, we will be focusing on domestic violence prevention programs that include engaging men in domestic violence awareness and prevention, mobilizing teens to engage in healthy relationships and in spreading domestic violence prevention and awareness through the sharing of the documentary, “Telling Amy’s Story” available at

The HopeLine from Verizon program also provides wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.  Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 8 million phones, properly disposed of 1.7 million no-longer-used wireless phones and kept more than 210 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills.

For more information on the RFP or Verizon Foundation’s investment in Massachusetts, please go to:

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