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Facebook pledges USD 10 mn for community leaders

AFP  |  London 

said today that it will issue up to USD 10 million in grants to help support and train community leaders around the world.

The tech giant unveiled its new initiative at a summit of more than 300 community leaders from across

The Community Leadership Programme will offer residency, fellowship and training opportunities, as well as community leadership circles and specialised assistance on the


"will commit tens of millions of dollars to the programme, including up to USD 10 million in grants that will go directly to people creating and leading communities," it said in a statement.

While the is a platform for virtual communities to gather, it is also a vehicle for advertisers to reach its more than 2 billion active users.

Facebook last week said it booked nearly USD 13 billion in sales in the last three months of last year.

Leaders at today's Facebook gathering included those from Blind Veterans UK, which supports blind veterans and their families; Donna Mamma, a support group for French mothers; and Bruisers, which is Germany's first gay-inclusive rugby club.

"Community leaders often tell us that with additional support they could have more impact," the company added in the statement.

"The ... programme is designed to empower leaders from around the world who are building communities through the Facebook family of apps and services.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 23:55 IST
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