IP Foundation awards $23,000 in grants so far this year

TICONDEROGA - International Paper's Ticonderoga mill awarded approximately $23,000 in grants for the first half of 2009 through the International Paper Company Foundation.

Service organizations in the area received the IP grants for new or expanded programs in education, environmental awareness, community and arts.

Mill Manager Kirk Carlson commented, "We are pleased to have awarded almost $23,000 in International Paper Foundation grants to date this year. We congratulate the organizations that have received these grants and want to express our sincere appreciation for the work that they do. Through financial awards and the hundreds of hours our own employees give in volunteer service, we are pleased to have the opportunity to help make our communities better. We look forward to continuing to support the worthwhile efforts of service, educational and nonprofit organizations in this area."

Grant recipients include: Addison County Readers, Inc., Mountain Lake PBS, Crown Point School, Ticonderoga Festival Guild, Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, Tannery Pond Community Center Association, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, Greater Adirondack RC&D Council, Adirondack Council, Deepwater Experiential Education Project (DEEP), Village of Port Henry Fire Department, Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, Fort Ticonderoga Association, Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program, Eagle Lake Property Owners, Lake George Land Conservancy and The Lake George Association.

Grant applications and guidelines are available to any non-profit organization on the web at www.ipgiving.com. For more information call Jane Kuhl at 585-5455.

The International Paper Company Foundation was founded in 1953 as a philanthropic grant-making organization. The foundation provides financial support to various community, cultural and environmental programs with a focus on education, in communities where company employees live and work.

The Ticonderoga mill produces 800 tons a day of high quality opaque, technical grades and offset paper under the brand names of Accent Opaque, Williamsburg and Hammermill. It employs 600 people.

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