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Inspire MV awards $525K to improve city

Avenidas, CSA and Working Scholars among the grant winners

Inspire Mountain View, a new tech-funded grant program launched this year, has picked its winners in a citywide contest for ideas on how to boost the local community.

The program, first announced in February, challenged local nonprofits and civic groups to think up ideas to make Mountain View "a more compassionate and equitable community."

Contest organizers say they were able to triple the number of grant awards initially offered, thanks to more funding provided by Google. Other benefactors include LinkedIn, Symantec and Synopsys.

Where before they planned on awarding just three grants, Inspire Mountain View representatives now said they had enough funding to give out nine awards.

Here's a list of the winning submissions:

$25,000 grants

-- The Avenidas Generations Lab will provide seniors with technology to improve their health and aid with independent living.

-- The Community School of Music and Arts will host a first-ever three-day electronic music festival including performances, workshops and panel discussions. This event is tentatively planned for April 2018.

-- Mindful Education will host a four-week series of workshops on "compassion, mindfulness and altruism."

$50,000 grants

-- Mountain View Act for Good will use performing arts to build social skills and empathy between the different groups in the community.

-- Canopy and Living Classrooms will construct "eco-schoolyards" at two campuses in the Mountain View Whisman School District. These eco-schoolyards is geared to foster environmental awareness and healthy living among students.

-- Olimpico Learning will launch "Build Your Vision", a 3D-printing workshop at Alta Vista High School for manufacturing low-cost prescription glasses frames.

$100,000 grants

-- Mountain View Working Scholars will expand its effort to provide no-cost online classes for local residents and employees to attain a bachelor's degree.

-- Soulforce Leadership will train up to 50 local teens and community leaders to "take action on local issues using mindfulness, compassion and nonviolence."

-- The Community Services Agency will provide nutritious meals for up to 350 low-income families through lunch programs at local elementary schools.

More details about the winning projects are at InspireMV.org.

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