REC's LEARN grant application is available

REC will award $16,000 in grants to emergency service agencies, non-profits and local educators in 2015. The grants are made possible through REC's LEARN (Literacy, Education and Rural Networking) program. Completed applications must be returned to one of REC's offices or postmarked by April 17, 2015.

The Cooperative began the LEARN program in 1996. Since then, the program has awarded grant money to the community in support of more than 100 projects throughout REC's service territory.

REC will award 16 grants to organizations in the following categories:

• Education - Five $500 and three $1,000 grants to individual or groups of teachers, from grades K-12 who demonstrate teaching methods to students of REC members.
• Community - One $2,000 and four $1,000 grants will be awarded to non-profit groups serving REC members, or whose services directly benefit them.
• Emergency Services - Three $1,500 grants will be awarded to emergency service agencies whose services directly benefit REC members.

Applications are available at any REC office, online here or by contacting Justin Cruise, REC's public relations specialist, at 1-800-552-3904, ext. 5905 or

REC provides electric service to nearly 160,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.