During these tough economic times, budget cuts are an unfortunate reality—and kid’ programs have been hit hard.  Clorox® Clean-Up® is here to help. Through its new Power A Bright Future grant program, the Clorox® Clean-Up® team will award five grants of $10,000 each to applicable kids’ programs – in hopes of enriching kids’ lives across the country.  From November 2-29, 2009, the Clorox® Clean-Up® team invites individuals to nominate non-profit kids’ programs for a Power A Bright Future grant by submitting a photo and short essay about the project for consideration. Each winner will receive a $10,000 grant to help the project grow and flourish. Winners will also be featured within an advertisement in an issue of People magazine.  “Moms are very important to us and we want to help them in every way possible – from helping them clean their homes to helping provide an enriching after-school program for their kids,” said Selin Alkan, associate marketing manager at The Clorox Company. “These important programs have the power to shape lives and bring about positive change for kids everywhere, and the Clorox® Clean-Up® team is thrilled to be able to help.”  A panel of influential children’s advocates including representatives from the National Education Association Health Information Network, Mom Central Consulting and Extraordinary Mommy.com will review all submissions and select 50 finalists based on criteria that includes: impact of program on kids; quality of the entry; and fitting within the contest theme of helping kids’ programs .  From December 7th – January 17th 2010, the public will have the opportunity to vote online (www.facebook.com/cloroxcleanup) for their favorite kids’ program. The final five will be announced by the last week of January. As a thank you for voting, consumers will receive a Clorox ® Clean-Up® coupon the first time they vote.