Facebook's Fort Worth data center awards inaugural grants

Two city-affiliated programs were among 16 recipients of the inaugural Facebook Fort Worth Community Action Grants program. Grants totaled $202,870.

“In the last few years, Fort Worth has welcomed Facebook with open arms, and today we are happy to give back to our community with the announcement of our first-ever Fort Worth Community Action Grants,” said Ed Ames, Facebook site manager. “There are many innovative nonprofit organizations doing amazing work in our community, investing in STEM education, connecting people online and off, and putting the power of technology in people’s hands. We’re excited to be able to assist some of them with our grant program.”

More than 50 organizations applied for grants. Among the winners:

Fort Worth Public Library Foundation ($5,500). The goal of the grant is to expand the library’s STEM programming with the popular Panther Lab Mobile Cat Makerspace to four additional library locations. Each Mobile Cat will house a 3D printer and use state-of-the-art software to produce high-quality 3D objects.

Read Fort Worth ($33,000). This citywide initiative promotes early literacy with the goal of attaining 100 percent literacy for all third-graders. The grant will be used to purchase books for one low performing school in the Fort Worth Independent School District. The FWISD developed a list of high-interest and culturally-relevant classroom books sorted by grade and reading level for the project. Read Fort Worth is also developing a metrics dashboard to gauge progress on the initiative.

Facebook broke ground on the data center project on State Highway 170 in Fort Worth’s AllianceTexas development in 2015. The social media giant is currently building a $267 million addition to the more than 100-acre data center project.

Neighborhood News

Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program,
Home Investment Partnership (Home) Program

Posted Feb. 14, 2018 – The City of Fort Worth is providing interested affordable housing developers and nonprofit organizations with this Notice of Funding Availability regarding federal grant funds from the CDBG and HOME programs.

The City will be awarding approximately $3.28 million in federal funds to Major Projects under this NOFA. This will include $1.08 million to be available in July 2018, as well as $1.2 million in CDBG funds and $1 million in HOME funds anticipated to be available as of October 1, 2018. An additional $2.2 million in CDBG and HOME funds is expected to become available as of October 2019.

Major Projects eligible under this NOFA must serve low and moderate income households and/or neighborhoods and must comply with all applicable regulations of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) governing the CDBG and HOME programs.

An RFQ for affordable housing developers accompanies this NOFA. Developers interested in receiving federal funds to support such projects are invited to review the NOFA and submit Qualifications in order to be considered for future funding.

Eligible activities under this Major Projects NOFA include the following:

    Affordable Housing

    Permanent Supportive Housing for Formerly Homeless Persons

    Neighborhood Revitalization activities such as:

        Home Repair

        Multi-family Rehabilitation

        Installation of Sidewalks, Street Lights, Streets, and other
               infrastructure improvements

        Park Improvements

        Community Center Improvements

        Other activities eligible under the CDBG Regulations
Accessibility Improvements to benefit persons with disabilities such as

        Housing accessibility

        Public Facilities accessibility

        Infrastructure accessibility


Public services and social services (such as child care, youth or senior services, etc.), direct financial assistance to individuals, rental assistance, purchase of equipment, operations and maintenance activities, and economic development activities are specifically not eligible under this NOFA. A separate Request for Proposals for such social services activities will be issued at a later date.

Applicants who are interested in submitting a Major Projects proposal are required to attend one of the following pre-proposal conferences held by the Neighborhood Services Department located at the City Hall Annex building, 3rd floor Conference Room, 908 Monroe St, Fort Worth Texas, 76102:

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 3 p.m.

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5 p.m.

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 11 a.m.

Proposals must be submitted through online software. Procedures for this submittal will be explained in detail at the pre-proposal conferences. Proposals will not be considered for funding if the applicant does not attend one of the above mandatory pre-proposal conferences.

The City of Fort Worth reserves the right to reject any and all proposals.

Copies of the NOFA and application instructions are available on the Neighborhood Services web page, or by calling Eric Vodicka at 817-392-7583, or by email.

All proposers must submit a Statement of Intent to Apply form no later than 11:59 pm Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Final proposals are due to the Neighborhood Services Department by Friday, March 16 at 11:59 pm, 2018.

Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted.

For questions regarding eligible activities under this NOFA and RFQ, please contact:

Chad LaRoque, Acting Housing Development and Grants Manager






Barbara Asbury, Compliance and Planning Manager



ONE FOR WORTH community meeting on race and culture relations

The East Regional Library was host to the Jan. 29 “Continuing the Conversation” meeting and over 40 Eastsiders attended this meeting hosted by One Fort Worth, the City of Fort Worth's Race & Culture Task Force.

In August 2017, the Fort Worth City Council appointed a task force to look at the areas of race and culture and how they affect our community.  The group is meeting with community members throughought 2018 and will make recommendations to the City Council on areas where they think change is needed.

The Task Force will also look at statistics and trends to determine how race and culture impact the delivery of city services. To date, over the past few months, more than 600 people have participated in these Community Conversations.

The Mission of The Task Force’s is to Listen, Learn, Build and Bridge in order to create an inclusive Fort Worth for all residents. The Vision is that Fort Worth will become a city that is inclusive, equitable, respectful, communal and compassionate.

Residents are invited to come out and share their opinions and ideas at these meetings. Task Force members and city staff will be available to record comments and provide them to the entire Task Force.  Each meeting will last approximately 2 hours.  All meeting rooms are wheelchair accessible. If you need special assistance or accommodations, plese call 817-392-8552 at least 48 hours before the meeting so that arrangements can be made.

The volunteer moderators explained the process the meeting would follow, and the attendees were divided up into eight groups of six for individual small group discussions. Each person was allotted 10 minutes to answer the four questions posed to the group. One person would take notes on large paper and the comments and suggestions were shared with the larger group at the end of an hour.


The questions to be answered:

1. Is racism a serious problem in Fort Worth? Why or why not? How has racism impacted you personally?


2. What are you willing to do to reduce racism or improve race/ethnic relations or cultural awareness in Fort Worth.


3. What can the City of Fort Worth do to improve the fairness and quality of services to all races and cultures in Fort Worth?


4. What can Fort Worth do to reduce racism in all its forms and promote cultural respect and harmony?


It was not surprising, but was very disappointing that every single group said emphatically,  “YES, racism is a serious problem in Fort Worth.” Many said it had gotten worse in the past few years. One woman described it as “Polite racism back then, now it is ugly, out there, blatant racism.”

On this night, for every instance of perceived racism mentioned, there was also a suggestion or idea for a workable solution to that problem.  The photos above are the summary sheets presented to the group at large.

After the meeting ended, these sheets were collected by the task force team to be typed up and added to the database they are building to sort the problems and suggestions.

More than one small group commented that people fear what they do not know or understand. Learning more about other cultures would reduce preconceived ideas and prejudices.

The website has presentations, handouts, videos of previous meetings and other information.


GET INVOLVED. You live here. You can make a difference.

Here is the list of meetings for February. You do not have to live in that area to attend.

February 10 at 10 a.m.

Southwest Community Center  6300 Welch Ave. 76133

February 10 at 2 p.m.

Riverside Community Center  3700 Belknap St. 76111

February 17 at 2 p.m.

Summerglen Library  4205 Basswood Blvd. 76137

Pick up a free shower timer, post your photo and you might win a WaterSense showerhead!

Posted Jan. 29, 2018

Look for boxes of shower timers at select community centers around Fort Worth.

Resolve to save water in 2018, and let the Fort Worth Water Department help you.

Free shower timers are being given away at select community centers and at City Hall. Take a photo with your shower timer to win an EPA Watersense low-flow showerhead. Use the hashtag #FWWaterNewYear and post your photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Shower timers are available while supplies last at these locations:

    Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St.

    Fire Station Community Center, 1601 Lipscomb St.

    Highland Hills Community Center, 1600 Glasgow Road.

    Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill St.

    Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

    MLK Community Center, 5565 Truman Drive.

    Riverside Community Center, 3700 E Belknap St.

    Northside Community Center, 1100 N.W. 18th St.

    Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 N.E. 36th St.

    Fort Worth City Hall, Water Department, second floor, 200 Texas St.


Shower timers are limited to one per family.

Replacing one showerhead with a Watersense head can save up to 2,900 gallons of water and up to $70 in electricity and water costs annually.

Edward Jones Named One of America's Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes Magazine

Financial-services firm Edward Jones recently was named one of America's best employers for diversity by Forbes magazine.

Forbes and research firm Statista compiled the list of 250 companies after surveying 30,000 U.S. employees, asking about issues related to diversity, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and disability. The gender split of companies’ management teams and boards, and whether a company actively communicates about diversity, also were factored in to the ranking. Edward Jones ranked No. 68 on the list.

"We know that our future success will benefit greatly from attracting and developing the most talented individuals from an increasingly diverse future talent pool.  They will help us think creatively and innovate as we continue to grow and serve more serious, long-term individual investors within a constantly evolving marketplace," says Managing Partner Jim Weddle. "Our ranking on this list is an honor, but we know that we must learn and support new best practices that promote a diverse and inclusive workplace."

In October, Edward Jones launched a firmwide network for female financial advisors in a pledge to bring more women to the financial advisor role. The network, called WINGS – or Women’s Initiative for New Growth Strategies – offers tools, mentorship resources and coaching designed to strengthen and advance female career trajectories at the firm.

Also in October, the firm launched the BRIDGE program, focused on strengthening growth, performance and consistency of the financial advisor experience for people of color.

The WINGS and BRIDGE programs come on the heels of a recent hiring pledge by Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle. In June, he was one of 150 CEOs to sign a CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion commitment to create a more diverse and inclusive work environment.


Editor's note: Due to multiple regulations, Edward Jones offices are not allowed to advertise on websites like the GreaterMeadowbrookNews.  However, I will mention that this press release was sent to us by the Edward Jones office of David Berthold and Jimmy Grigsby, located at 4817 D Brentwood Stair Road, FWTX 76103.   –Kat







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