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N.C. Solar Center awarding $1 million for transporation projects

The N.C. Solar Center is accepting grant submissions to distribute up to $1 million for local projects that reduce car and truck emissions.

The money will be awarded to businesses, nonprofits and local governments that operate their own car and truck fleets, as well as to fuel suppliers. The deadline to apply for Clean Fuel Advanced Technology grants is Sept. 10.

This is the third round of funding for the project, which distributed $2.2 million in state and federal funds to 47 projects between 2006 and 2012. Previous grants went to a national park, local governments, school systems, service station owners and fuel distributors.

In this round, officials expect applications for alternative fuel vehicle conversions, alternate refueling infrastructure and telematics, a technology using GPS and automobile navigation systems.

Steel fabricator to create 20 jobs in Surry County

An Indiana steel company will expand its fabrication manufacturing plant in Mount Airy by adding 20 jobs.

Ottenweller Co. will qualify for up to $100,000 in state and local financial incentives for creating the jobs with an average salary of $30,571, not including benefits.

Ottenweller currently employs 60 at its Mount Airy facility, about 140 miles west of Raleigh, where it plans to invest more than $1.5 million over three years.

The company qualified for a $50,000 One North Carolina Grant, contingent on creating the new jobs. The state grant requires local matches.

N.C. Coastal Land Trust awarded conservation grant

The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust is among three nonprofit conservation organizations to receive a Sustainable Forestry Initiative conservation grant.

Durham Public Schools awarded nearly $1 million

The State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction awarded Durham
Public Schools a grant for about $930,000 to provide after-school and intersession support for struggling students at three schools, according to a statement released today.

The four-year 21st Century Community Learning Center grant will provide after-school programming for Eastway Elementary and Githens Middle school students and intersession programs for Chewning Year-Round Middle.  The project will serve more than 200 students in grades 3-8 who have scored below grade level on end-of-grade tests. Activities have been designed to improve achievement, reduce suspensions and improve students' self-esteem, the release said.

"We are so appreciative of this wonderful opportunity for students at three of our schools,"
said Superintendent Carl Harris in the release. "The 21st Century Learning Community grants enable us to provide academic and enrichment assistance to students who need that extra boost to succeed."

Volunteers from the Ivy Community Center will help the school system with the programs.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro receives $10,000 grant for teacher store

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools received a $10,000 grant from Staples to support the system's teacher supply store last week.

Staples Foundation for Learning is shelling out the money to offer more supplies to the school district's teacher supply store, which runs in partnership with the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club. The store serves more than 400 staff members and 6,000 students in grades 7-12. Teachers are given vouchers for free classroom supplies at the store.

"We're able to provide all middle and high school classroom teachers and students, especially those from low-income families, with supplies and materials to support teaching and learning," said Kim Hoke, executive director of Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, in a release. 

This is not the first time the Staples Foundation has supported CHCCS. Since 2008, the group has provided $20,000 to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, the school district's non-profit arm.

The teacher store first opened its doors January 2008. 


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