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Unrestricted Grant Recipients - 2002

On December 10, 2001, the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) approved the 2002 Unrestricted Grant Awards. A total of $175,166 will be awarded to 17 deserving area agencies. Each of these agencies meets pressing and changing community needs, improving the quality of life for the individuals they serve in the areas of education, children and family services, health and human services, arts and culture, community development, civic affairs, environmental affairs, and animal services. These grants are made available through the Foundation's Unrestricted Fund, which is primarily supported by the Masters Tournament. Unrestricted funds give the Foundation great flexibility in making grants to address the needs in Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie and Burke counties in Georgia, and Aiken and Edgefield counties in South Carolina.

The Foundation's unrestricted competitive grant application process would not be possible without the help of community volunteers. These dedicated individuals reviewed applications, conducted site visits and brought recommendations to the Grants Committee of the Foundation's Board of Directors. We could not be more grateful for their time, energy and dedication to this process and to our area non-profits.

Please note that the following list of organizations includes only those organizations who received a 2002 Unrestricted Grant. The Foundation, through its donor advised and agency funds, provides millions of dollars in grants to deserving charities each year.

The 2002 Unrestricted Grant Award recipients are as follows:

Alzheimer's Association, Augusta Chapter: a $14,000.00 grant to increase their professional education training program, with a target audience of professional caregivers operating within nursing facilities.

The Art Factory, Inc.: a $9,000.00 grant to purchase instructional technology and the purchase of new equipment for two classrooms, in order to take advantage of current electronic educational and instructional resources for the arts.

The Augusta Ballet: a $10,000.00 grant to provide scholarship study and theater experience to foster care children in the CSRA, exposing children to the joys of hard work of dance as an art form, and to involve them in workshops and classes with dance students.

The Augusta Symphony: a $3,300.00 grant to assist with implementing a new program, The World of Music, providing students with a connection to academics and real world activities within the framework of musical/lecture demonstrations.

Augusta Training Shop for the Handicapped: a $12,000.00 grant to implement a program to teach training shop workers in the skill of silver and brass polishing, by providing supervised training and prolonged teaching, and the purchase of equipment to support the program.

Boy Scouts of America, Georgia-Carolina: a $15,000.00 grant to purchase equipment for the Aquatics area at Camp Robert E. Knox. The program will emphasize proper operation of equipment with a major emphasis on safety.

CSRA Partnership for Community Health: a $15,000.00 grant to assist in the provision of tutoring and enrichment programs at two sites during school holidays, to low-income youth residing in the 30901 and 30906 Zip Code areas.

Easter Seals East Georgia: a $3,816.64 grant to purchase a Valpar #14, an integrated peer performance work sample unit, which is a piece of equipment that is designed to allow for the evaluation of individuals as they perform assembly type tasks.

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art: a $11,050.00 grant to support the development of a free, ongoing comprehensive four tiered tour program, If These Walls Could Talk, for children and adults. The program utilizes narrative, oral and material history and architectural science formats relevant to K-12 curriculum standards.

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History: a $10,000.00 grant to improve basic educational and computer skills, enhance historical knowledge, and increase exposure and appreciation of the arts and other cultural activities, of children in extremely low income to moderate income households.

McDuffie County Partners for Success, Inc.: an $8,500.00 grant to implement a comprehensive, interdisciplinary creative arts program that positively addresses the behavioral and academic problems of 100 students assigned to the alternative school in McDuffie County.

National Wild Turkey Federation: a $15,000.00 grant to support a Fun and Learn Day for 300 disabled youth in the CSRA, providing learning stations to teach safety, outdoor accessibility techniques, wildlife identification, map/compass reading, and survival skills.

St. Vincent DePaul Health Center: a $2,500.00 grant to conduct a pilot project whereby homeless patients can receive convalescent housing after discharge from the hospital, with vouchers for noon and evening meals to be taken at MCG, and frequent monitoring by the Outreach Nurse.

Safe Homes of Augusta: a $15,000.00 grant to assist with the purchase and maintenance of a multi passenger vehicle to assist the agency staff in providing transportation services to clients for their day to day transition needs.

Salvation Army/Boys & Girls Club of Aiken: a $15,000.00 grant to assist in providing Project Learn Centers in Schofield Middle School and New Hope housing development, which consists of a home work center, a learning center, and a computer learning center.

Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy: an $11,000.00 grant for educational programs for schoolchildren and schoolteachers with the objective of improving academic performance in science, to include the purchase of teaching materials, microscopes, laboratory devices, and plant and animal identification kits.

United Way of the CSRA: a $5,000.00 grant to assist in providing for a Director of a 211 Call Center. UW 211 will be part of a statewide collaboration that addresses the need for free, convenient and seamless access to information about human services.

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