INL News Release
Aug. 15, 2016

Lori Priest, 208-526-9154,
Stephanie Cook, 208-526-1644,
Laura Scheele, 219-381-8672,

Battelle Energy Alliance opens application process for two community programs

IDAHO FALLS — Battelle Energy Alliance, which manages Idaho National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy, announced today that it is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2017 Community Giving and Technology-based Economic Development campaigns. Each of the two programs focuses on a distinct audience and purpose. Applications for charitable donations from both programs will be accepted until Oct. 15.

Fiscal Year 2017 Community Giving Campaign

The INL Community Giving program provides BEA corporate-funded donations in selected areas, such as human services, health, environment, arts and civic projects.

“Our first priority for the Community Giving program will be to give to organizations that support the basic needs of children and the underprivileged,” said Lori Priest, contributions administrator. “Community Giving projects include everything from feeding the hungry and providing basic shelter to improving the quality of life.”

Since 2005, the program has provided support for a variety of outreach efforts.

“We consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact on our community,” said Amy Lientz, director of INL Partnerships team.

Fiscal Year 2017 Technology-based Economic Development Campaign

The INL Technology-based Economic Development program targets projects aimed at spurring regional economic development, technology-based economic development, talent pipeline and entrepreneurship in the area.

“Our goal is to grow our regional economy by investing in creative projects at the nexus of our research priorities in nuclear energy, clean energy and national and homeland security,” said Stephanie Cook of INL’s Economic and Workforce Development team. “We’re looking for innovative projects that enhance the regional economy and strengthen the talent pipeline.”

Application information and submission process for fiscal year 2017 Community Giving and Technology-based Economic Development campaigns

Eligibility criteria: Organizations must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit entities. A copy of the IRS tax-exempt letter must accompany the form. INL’s charitable donation program does not fund political or religious organizations, emergency response, courtesy advertisements, athletic programs or events, individuals, contests or extracurricular school activities. This funding does not include requests for K-12 education donations.

For further information on K-12 science, technology, engineering and math educational funding requests and grant cycles, contact Brenda Greenhalgh (

Submit 2017 donation request forms by Oct. 15. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be included in the review process.

Decisions about 2017 contributions will be made by Dec. 15. Notifications will be sent to requesting organizations informing them of funding awards. Funds will be for projects for the period of Oct. 1, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2017.

For full details on both programs, or to download the 2017 request for donation form, visit INL’s website: Economic & Workforce Development or Community Outreach.

Idaho National Laboratory is part of the Department of Energy’s complex of national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of the strategic goal areas of DOE – energy, national security, environment and science. INL is the nation’s leading center of nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.

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