- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont-based nonprofit group that works to cure blindness in Nepal and other countries in the developing world is no longer in the running for a $100 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The Waterbury-based Himalayan Cataract Project has been working for years to train local health care providers to perform cataract and laser surgery in Nepal and other countries.

The four finalists were announced Tuesday. The winner of the grant will be announced in December.

Last winter the Cataract Project was named one of eight finalists for the grant through the MacArthur Foundation’s competitive grant process.

In a tweet, the Vermont group said it was an honor to be considered.

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