RIVERSIDE - Requests are now being accepted for Merck's "Neighbor of Choice" community grant program for nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations.

Cherokee Parmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Merck Sharp and Dohme Corporation, announced that grant proposals will be accepted until Feb. 25 for funding requests up to $10,000 for organizations in the Riverside, Danville and surrounding areas.

As an extension of Merck's commitment to the community in which they do business and where their employees live and work, the Neighbor of Choice grants program makes funding available for eligible groups who align with Merck's philanthropic focus areas.

These areas include: improving access to and building capacity for quality health care, particularly among underserved populations, strengthening science education and science educational opportunities for the underserved, and addressing the needs of Merck communities through support for local, environmental, cultural, social, medical and civic issues.

Grant applications will be evaluated on the basis of relevance to the mission and strategic philantrophic interests of Merck, Cherokee Pharmaceuticals and the surrounding community.

The level of funding provided varies depending on the resources available and the volume of proposals received. Multi-year grant requests are not eligible for support.

Organizations requesting funding support consideration should contact the local representative, Christine Moyer, to request an electronic application. Complete the application and return via e-mail.

For more information, contact Moyer at 271-4171 or christine.moyer@merck.com.