Apr 25, 2013 1:54 PMBy Virginia Garrison
Project MOST will receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm Insurance for its after-school programs in East Hampton and Springs. "After School Works!" placed 28th in an online voting contest awarding grants to the top 40 finalists.
All told, Project MOST received 47,107 votes between April 7 and April 22, according to Tim Bryden, the program's executive director. Voters were able to cast as many as 10 "ballots" per day through Facebook for one of 200 programs that made the cut from an original pool of about 3,000 applications for the State Farm Good Neighbor Assist program.
"We're very grateful," said Mr. Bryden, adding that he was pleasantly surprised, when handing out flyers at the East Hampton Post Office and CVS, to see how many people in the community were familiar with the after-school program, even those without children of their own.
"It is a significant grant for us and definitely gives us the capability of improving significantly the quantity and quality of enrichment activities next year," Mr. Bryden said.