Unrestricted Grant Recipients - 2011
On November 29, 2010, the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) approved the 2011 Unrestricted Grant awards. A total of $425,000 will be awarded to 34 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. For the 2011 award year, there were a total of 17 panels of volunteers involving 115 dedicated individuals who 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 on those organizations who received a 2011 Unrestricted Grant. The Foundation, through its donor advised and agency funds, provides millions of dollars in grants to deserving charities each year.
The 2011 Unrestricted Grant Award recipients are as follows:
AIKEN YOUTH EMPOWERMENT
A $14,500.00 grant to expand the Girls Circle teen pregnancy prevention program from two to six public schools in Aiken County for girls ages 9 through 18, addressing core factors in positive decision making.
AMBASSADORS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION, INC.
A $10,200.00 grant to fund an educational enrichment program Write for Life, a mini media center which at-risk low income disadvantaged youth can utilize each day after school.
ARTS AND HERITAGE CENTER OF NORTH AUGUSTA
A $15,000.00 grant to fund planned community outreach art programs to both underserved youth and adults including classes by local artists at the center or off-premise locations through "Mobile Art: Artists on the Gogh!"
A $15,000.00 grant to enhance the Ballet's mission to inspire positive city growth during its two year campaign "Dance in the Garden City" with many first time collaborations and programs focusing on both youth and adult fitness and stressing the art of dance as everyday exercise complimented by nutrition education, dance activities, and promoting a green community.
AUGUSTA JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DRUG COURT
A $14,500.00 grant for the continuation of the program to provide substance abuse treatment with the goal of improving public safety and decreasing the financial burden of drug addiction on the entire community.
AUGUSTA STATE UNVERSITY FOUNDATION (ASU LITERACY CENTER)
An $8,270.75 grant to fund a Lending Library at Augusta State Literacy Center enabling those preparing for GED testing to borrow preparation materials for home study.
CENTER FOR NEW BEGINNINGS
A $14,500.00 grant to supplement costs of providing one-on-one services for special needs children and their families through counseling, shadowing, respite care, and direct care.
CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER OF AIKEN COUNTY
A $14,500.00 grant to help improve the quality of services including forensic interviews, medical examinations, and trauma-based counseling for abused children in Aiken and the surrounding area.
CHILD ENRICHMENT, INC.
A $15,000.00 grant to continue providing vital services to meet emotional and physical needs of physically and sexually abused children in the CSRA, including counseling services, advocacy, forensic interviews, through Child Advocacy Center and Court Appointed Special Advocates programs.
CHRIST COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES OF AUGUSTA, INC.
A $15,000.00 grant to equip the Widows Home Health Center with a highly efficient Electronic Medical Records System, which will measurably enhance quality care for their medically underserved and uninsured patients
COLUMBIA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
A $14,470.00 grant to purchase a larger autoclave, second surgical table, additional spay/neuter packs, doubling the number of spay and neuter surgeries that can be performed each day.
DOWNTOWN COOPERATIVE CHURCH MINISTRIES, INC.
A $9,000.00 grant which will allow the Ministry to continue providing food to the needy as it has faced a dramatic shortfall due to the current economy.
EAST CENTRAL GEORGIA CONSORTIUM INC.
A $11,396.00 grant to fund a gang prevention program "Project M-PACT" designed to saturate the McDuffie community with knowledge and intervention strategies through visits, parent workshops, training trainers, and a DVD production. Goal extends to address related social issues and advising other counties to replicate a similar version of Project M-PACT.
EASTER SEALS EAST GEORGIA INC.
A $14,500.00 grant to purchase a dependable used pick-up truck with hitch to support their lawn care project by employing more people with disabilities and the ability to obtain new contracts to keep them employed.
FAMILY COUNSELING CENTER OF THE CSRA, INC.
A $12,720.00 grant to provide cost of a 9 week social skills training group for up to 8 men with lack of social interpersonal skills due to ADD, addiction, anxiety, and development disabilities, to teach and develop social skills which helps them to become employable.
FRAGILE KIDS FOUNDATION
A $3,500 grant to provide specialized medical equipment to low-income children in the area, funding the cost of a curbside van lift and toileting systems for two medically fragile children who have been on their waiting list.
GAP MINISTRIES OF AUGUSTA, INC.
A $15,000.00 grant to support the "Thursday Ministries" program designed to help those in need overcome obstacles in the way of independent living, along with new kitchen appliances for their food pantry program.
GEORGIA HEALTH SCIENCES FOUNDATION FOR THE MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA SCHOOL OF DENTRISTY
A $14,800.00 grant to purchase two portable dental units and two hand pieces to enhance oral health services provided free of charge by dental students to residents of the GA War Veterans Nursing Home under "Dentists for Della" program for students.
GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART
A $12,300.00 grant for collaboration with the Jessye Norman School of the Arts in a Shared Studio project enabling the Gertrude Herbert Institute to teach a variety of in-depth medium-specific visual arts to Jessye Norman Schools students who study broad-based fine arts, exposing the economically disadvantaged middle school students to an experience not otherwise possible due to Jessye Normans restricted space and faculty size.
INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK OF AUGUSTA
A $14,500.00 grant will support program expenses for the Children's Day Shelter, the Day Center, and eleven transitional dwellings, serving homeless children in the CSRA and their families to recover from the causes of their homelessness.
JENNY CLARK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
A $5,000 grant to fund five $1,000 scholarships to college-bound high school scholar athletes in May 2011 who demonstrate leadership, positive attitude, desire to help peers, and volunteerism, to honor and celebrate the life of Jenny Clark, a Lakeside High School graduate and soccer player who died in an accident. There is no income, race or gender requirement.
KIDS RESTART, INC.
A $15,000.00 grant to assist with cost of operating a supervised, monitored visitation center for abused, neglected children, and teaching parenting skills to secure nurturing environment to keep these children out of state custody.
PUBLIC EDUCATION PARTNERS
A $14,257.00 grant to expand participation in youth orchestras in Aiken County by purchasing 27 instruments which will be available to students at four public schools.
RAPE CRISIS AND SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES, UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES, INC.
A $15,000.00 grant to provide individual and group therapeutic counseling for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence utilizing Rape Crisis Cognitive Processing Therapy.
SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER
A $1,992.38 grant to produce a virtual tour of Sacred Heart Cultural Center's architecture and rich history, benefitting students in schools lacking field trip funds and meeting Georgia's Performance Standards lesson plans for 4th and 5th grade classroom curriculum.
SAVANNAH RIVER CANCER FOUNDATION
A $9,500.00 grant to provide assistance to low income cancer patients with vital medications, transportation, and raise public awareness through increased community outreach.
SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNORS SCHOOL FOR SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FOUNDATION
A $3,000.00 grant to support the Summer Science Program, providing financial aid for students in rising grades 8 through 10, in Aiken and Edgefield counties schools.
STORYLAND THEATRE, INC.
A $14000.00 grant to help pay production costs of three plays/musicals and reduce or eliminate exclusion of students and families who cannot afford to attend productions.
THE AUGUSTA PLAYERS
A $14,500.00 grant to assist with costs of programming weekday matinees for students throughout CSRA via the "Artreach Theatre" program, and will help to cover admission for financially disadvantaged students, and take performances to schools that can't afford field trips.
THE BERRY CENTER, INC.
A $15,000.00 grant to purchase a wheelchair bus to transport clients between The Berry Center and their homes, enabling disabled clients to reach their daily program and help maintain their support services. The vehicle will also transport clients to group community outings each day of the week.
THE FAMILY Y
A $14,594.06 grant will provide specially-adaptive equipment for the Miracle League Baseball program, which offers a specially-adapted field giving physically and mentally disabled children and adults the opportunity play ball. Through a partnership with the VA Hospital, injured and disabled veterans will also be included in activities, providing a unique forum for Augusta institutions involved in handicapped research & therapy.
THE RECING CREW, INC.
A $14,500.00 grant for recreational and staffing expenses for The RECing Crew's Alley Cat's bowling group for teens and adults with disabilities.
A $15,000.00 grant to assist with cost of social service delivery system for children in need and their families to access residential, academic, therapeutic and special development programs to meet a child's needs.
WOMEN IN UNITY
A $15,000.00 grant to expand the Learning Center serving disadvantaged children in Edgefield with after-school and summer programs, along with play yard fencing, furniture, kitchen appliances, and computers.