IP announces grant cycle now open

Published 12:18 pm Saturday, September 12, 2015

International Paper’s Franklin Mill is pleased to announce that the International Paper Foundation is now accepting grant requests from local schools and non-profit organizations. Now through Sept. 24, organizations throughout the City of Franklin and Isle of Wight and Southampton Counties are invited to visit www.ipgiving.com to complete the online application and submit funding requests. For consideration, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization’s grant request must be aligned with the IP Foundation’s primary focus areas of environmental education and/or literacy improvement.

“The majority of our grants are awarded to programs within local schools or organizations aimed at improving literacy or educating youth about our renewable resources,” said Jenny Railey, mill communications manager. “We are seeking similar opportunities to provide support in 2015.”

“One successful program that really stands out is Nottoway Elementary School’s Farming Classroom, submitted by the school’s Parent Teacher Association. Students are provided the opportunity for hands-on learning of biology and experience a sense of accomplishment as they watch their plants grow; teachers are provided more interactive and engaging ways to teach key science concepts; and the parents and community are engaged in the process,” said Railey. “The school has done a wonderful job of providing a unique approach to environmental education.”

In addition to the IP Giving Team’s focus on providing funds to local non-profit organizations, we will soon be kicking off our United Way Campaign. Combined with our company’s 60 percent match, our employees contributed over $30,000 last year — and we plan to exceed that total in 2015.”

Represented by employees from all areas of the mill’s operations, members of the IP Giving Team are charged with reviewing grants and making final recommendations for the local community programs that receive the mill’s support. This committee also assists with community outreach efforts including Earth’s Birthday butterfly kit program, the National Geographic program, and the United Way campaign.

“Giving back to our community is an important part of International Paper’s culture — and a perfect opportunity to show our appreciation to our community that has been so supportive of us,” added Railey.



International Paper has been and continues to be one of the most environmentally responsible companies in the world. We support programs that help both younger and older generations understand a sustainable approach balancing environmental, social and economic needs.

Given the vast nature of this subject area, the Foundation places emphasis on providing National Geographic Kids Magazine subscriptions for children at local schools and Earth’s Birthday Project kits for 3rd grade classrooms. Additionally, IP supports:

• Science-based programs for children

• Outdoor classrooms at schools or in communities

• Outdoor science programs tied to forestry, air or water

• Education-based programs that promote recycling, tree planting and composting initiatives


International Paper has a strong belief in the value of education improving literacy. Our support of the National Geographic Explorer magazine, which aids in developing literacy skills for children in grades 4-5, is an example of this commitment. Additionally, IP supports:

• Programs that enhance availability of reading materials at school and community libraries

• Programs that enhance reading skills of children and adults

• Programs that teach English as a Second Language (ESL)

“Our giving vision is dedicated to making a difference and making people’s lives better by being responsible neighbors, employers and environmental stewards,” said Railey.