Just received this in an e-mail this week so thought I would post for everyone.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation Neighborhood Excellence Initiative is designed to recognize, nurture, and reward community organizations, local heroes, and student leaders who are helping their neighborhoods achieve excellence. The program makes grants and awards in forty-four markets (listed below).

Due Date: June 27, 2008

Neighborhood Builders: Provides $200,000 in core operating support and leadership training over two years to two nonprofit organizations working in each identified community to promote vibrant neighborhoods. Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating in an applicable Bank of America community that is eligible for a grant under the Bank of America Charitable Foundation's guidelines can apply. (Applicant must be registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales for the London market.) The program seeks organizations whose focus closely reflects local neighborhood priorities such as health and human services, education, community development, or arts and culture. Applicants should demonstrate how they have impacted their community and how grant funding and leadership development opportunities will help their organization further its work in the community.

Local Heroes: Recognizes and honors five heroes per year in each of the selected communities whose achievements and leadership on local issues contribute significantly to neighborhood vitality. Successful nominations will demonstrate how a nominee has made a special and significant impact on individuals, families, or the community at large; inspired others to community service; or been a catalyst for new visions, understanding, and change in a community. Recipients will each be able to direct a $5,000 award to an eligible nonprofit of their choice. Self-nominations are accepted.

U.S. Markets:

 Atlanta , Georgia

 Austin , Texas

 Baltimore , Maryland

 Boston , Massachusetts

Norwalk , Connecticut

 Broward County , Florida

 Charlotte , North Carolina

 Chicago , Illinois

 Dallas , Texas

 Delaware ( Kent , New
Castle & Sussex Counties )

 Detroit , Michigan

District of Columbia &
Metropolitan Washington , DC

East Bay/Oakland, California

 Ft. Worth , Texas

 Hampton Roads, Virginia

 Hartford , Connecticut

 Houston , Texas

 Inland Empire , California

 Jacksonville , Florida

 Kansas City , Missouri

 Las Vegas , Nevada

 Long Island , New York

 Los Angeles , California

 Miami , Florida

 Nashville , Tennessee

 New York , New York

 Northern/Central New Jersey

 Orange County , California

 Orlando , Florida

 Palm Beach County , Florida

 Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

 Phoenix , Arizona

 Pinellas County , Florida

 Portland , Oregon

 Providence , Rhode Island

 Richmond , Virginia

 Sacramento , California

 San Antonio , Texas

 San Diego , California

 San Francisco , California

 Silicon Valley , California

 Seattle , Washington

 St. Louis , Missouri

 Tampa , Florida

To learn more about the initiative, eligible communities, and identified community priorities, or to apply online, please visit http://www.bankofamerica.com/foundat...neighborexcell