Press Releases

The following press releases regarding the Renew Washington grant have been released:

Gates Foundation—March 25, 2010

First-ever National Study: Millions of People Rely on Library Computers for Employment, Health, and Education. 77 million people used library computers and internet access in past year.

PORTLAND, Ore.—Nearly one-third of Americans age 14 or older—roughly 77 million people—used a public library computer or wireless netowrk to access the Internet in the past year, according to a national report released today. Full press release.

Washington Secretary of State—October 29, 2009

New Grants Will Support Washingtonians Hit Hardest By the Recession
More than $4 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will help connect people to public benefits, employment resources, and legal aid.

SEATTLE – A dozen local nonprofit organizations and their partners will be able to assist a growing number of Washington’s most vulnerable families that are feeling the impact of the ongoing economic downturn. Full press release

Gates Foundation—October 29, 2009

State Library receives Gates Foundation grant to help public libraries enhance services during tough times

OLYMPIA…The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has provided the Washington State Library with a $515,000 grant to help Washington public libraries enhance services to their residents during the economic downturn. The grant amount is for subgrants, training and communications costs. Full press release

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