The Entergy Charitable Foundation recently awarded grants to several nonprofit partners totaling $270,000, including two in West Feliciana Parish.
The grants, which are funded by shareholders, create value for customers and local communities by enhancing educational opportunities, protecting the environment and providing resources for low-income customers, a news release said.
The grants bring Entergy Corp.’s total giving for 2015 to about $16 million, including $2.1 million from the Entergy Charitable Foundation, which awards grants in two cycles each year.
In 2015, grants awarded included $15,900 to the West Feliciana Drug and Alcohol Awareness Council for BE WISE: Beginning Early to make Wise Decisions Insuring Specific Education.
The program demonstrates for parish youth how to make wise decisions regarding violence and bullying, as well as living a healthier lifestyle.
A $6,600 grant was given to West Feliciana Middle School for iROBO: Innovative Real Opportunities for Better Outcomes, allowing for the capacity and competency in science, technology, engineering and math skills, which are necessary for students’ lives beyond the classroom.
Other funding went to the LSU Foundation for the Entergy Power Systems Teaching Program ($125,000); the National Hurricane Museum and Science Center in Lake Charles for Hurricane Awareness Day ($62,500); the Greater New Orleans Development Foundation for regional economic development support ($25,000); Capital Area United Way to support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library ($15,000); Hahnville High School for the engineering and robotics club to design and build a working robot for the Bayou Regional FIRST Robotics Competition ($10,000); and St. Charles Parish public schools to support the Destrehan High School robotics program ($10,000).
“Entergy employees power life by keeping the electricity flowing and by improving local communities through volunteerism and other contributions,” said Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana.
Charitable organizations may apply for support by completing an application form by Feb. 1.