Preservation Grants

The deadline to submit applications for grants from the Loudoun Restoration and Preservation Society is Monday.

The society gives grants to nonprofit organizations that work to preserve Loudoun's history through such projects as preservation of historic structures and artifacts, research of significant historic events and documentation of Loudoun history.

Application forms are available at www.preserveloudoun.org or by calling 703-777-6866. Recipients will be notified in the late fall.

The society sponsors the annual August Court Days festival in Leesburg to raise money for the grants program, which has distributed more than $625,000 to 50 organizations.

AOL Schools Donations

Three Loudoun County schools are among 11 Washington area schools to receive grants from America Online Inc. for programs to help disadvantaged youths set career goals. Each school receives as much as $10,000.

Dominion High School will use the money to expand its after-school program for English as a Second Language students from one day to two days a week. Students in the program earn points toward the purchase of PalmPilots, and teachers will receive training to work more effectively with students. The program aims to narrow achievement and technology gaps and to increase parent participation.

Heritage High School will help language minority students in the school's International Study Group Scholarship Program. Students who attend and meet the program's qualifications will receive a $500 scholarship for their post-secondary education.

Seneca Ridge Middle School plans to buy instruments, equipment and uniforms for students who cannot afford them, pay for instrument repairs and upkeep, and provide after-school tutoring by musicians.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD