WAYNESBURG – Consol Energy Inc. recently made an $81,000 contribution to the Community Foundation of Greene County Educational Improvement Fund. The contribution was made through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit program.
The Educational Improvement Fund provides grants for innovative educational programs in the public schools.
“Consol has been a wonderful partner in the EITC program and we are proud to work with them to support public schools and students in Greene County. Education is the core of building a new generation of community leaders,” said Nancy Davis, chairwoman of the CFGC Board.
Consol Energy, both a coal and natural gas producer, has been headquartered in Appalachia for nearly 150 years.
“Supporting educational initiatives in the areas in which we operate is a priority of our company,” said Jessica Johnson, external felations specialist at Consol Energy Inc. “We are pleased to partner with CFGC to encourage innovative educational initiatives for Greene County schools.”
The Greene County Educational Improvement Fund was established in 2005 when the Foundation was approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s EITC program.
Businesses receive Pennsylvania tax credits for their contributions – 90 percent tax credit if the business makes a two-year gift, or a 75 percent tax credit for a single year gift, up to a maximum of $750,000 in credits per taxable year, for the innovative Educational Improvement and K-12 scholarship programs.
The EITC Educational Improvement Fund supports innovative, advanced-academic educational projects that enhance the curriculum or academic program of a public school. Teachers and administrators in Greene County school districts may submit grant proposals to the Foundation at any time during the year to be considered for an EITC Educational Improvement Fund award. Criteria and application information can be found on the CFGC website at http://www.cfgcpa.org/schoolgrants.html.
“The Educational Improvement Fund supports a wide range of projects in Greene County schools,” said Bettie Stammerjohn, executive director of the Foundation. “Because of Consol’s support we have been able to help Carmichaels Area High School build their greenhouse to teach students about native plant species; support the Greene County Envirothon, and partner with Westmoreland County Community College to teach Greene County high schools about careers in the natural gas industry. Those are just a few of the projects supported with EITC contributions.”
For more information on the EITC program, call the Community Foundation at 724-627-2010, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org