When Facebook announced its very first data center would be built in Prineville, most people hardly knew what Facebook was, much less what to do with it. What quickly became apparent, though, was from the very beginning Facebook was committed to playing a positive role in the community.
Prineville Data Center Community Action Grants
A local grants program is just one of the many ways Facebook and the people who work at the Prineville data center contribute to Prineville and Crook County. Since the community grant program began in 2011, Facebook has awarded more than $1.5 million to local schools and nonprofits.
2019 Grants Totaled $210,000
Eighteen programs and organizations received Facebook grants this year. Projects ranged from providing technology access to seniors in a local assisted living facility to purchasing rocket kits for the 4H STEM Club. Crook County Kids, an after-school program, received $6497.98 to purchase Sphero robotics kits to teach programming and coding skills. Kiwanis received $25,000 to help complete a community splash pad and Better Together received $10,000 to help establish a student internship program linking the business community with the schools.
Crook County schools received a large share of the 2019 grants, much of it for technology and STEM and CTE programs. “We are so grateful for Facebook helping to support our schools through their Community Grants program,” said CCHS Assistant Principal Joel Hoff. “These grants have allowed our educators to provide innovative and enriching learning activities for our students. With their support, we are able to leverage our resources to maximize the learning experience for all CCSD students.”