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Unrestricted Grant Recipients - 2014

On December 2, 2013, the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) approved the 2014 Unrestricted Grant Awards. A total of $512,000 will be awarded to 40 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 2014 award year, there were a total of 20 panels of volunteers involving 140 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 only those organizations who received a 2014 Unrestricted Grant. The Foundation, through its donor advised and agency funds, provides millions of dollars in grants to deserving charities each year.

The 2014 Unrestricted Grant Award recipients are as follows:

12 Bands of Christmas
A $5,000.00 grant to create CD"s as a vehicle for raising funds for services for children with pediatric cancer & their families. The project impacts over 8,000 individuals in our community.

 Action Ministries Augusta
A $15,000.00 grant to purchase a lift gate for the Furniture Bank truck to assist in moving large items. 530 + people in Columbia and Richmond Counties have benefited from the provision of furniture at no charge. The recipients vary from shelters, institutions, homeless, elderly and victims of natural disaster.

Alzheimer's Association GA Chapter, Augusta Region
A $ 10,000.00 grant to enroll a minimum of 50 individuals with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia into the Medic Alert/ Safe Return Program, provide caregivers with safety education as well as provide information & training to community professionals who have a high potential for encountering/ locating lost individuals.

Ambassadors Community Organization, Inc. (ACO)
A $14,415.00 grant to sponsor Club S.T.A.R.S program. This program provides high quality academic support and extended learning to children of poverty without cost to schools or parents.

Augusta Judicial Circuit Drug Court
A $13,000.00 grant to help break the vicious destructive cycle of drug addiction and reduce the almost 50% recidivism rate of felony offenders. Funds will be spent on Drug Treatment, counseling, special needs treatment, and client transportation. The expectation is to impact a minimum of 100 participants and their families.

Augusta Richmond County Historical Society (Veterans History Project)
A $13,000.00 grant to take personal and historically significant stories of WW II veterans from the CSRA (now recorded in almost 800 DVD interviews) and transform them into a book, which will bring these stories to a larger public than would access the unedited DVDs.

GRU Literacy Center (formerly Augusta State University Foundation-Literacy Center)
A $14,956.00 grant for the expansion of the Literacy Center to include the "Literacy Screenings: Uncover to Discover" program. To address the need of many students with reading difficulties the program includes evaluations, intervention and technology solutions using the New Herman Reading Intervention Program.

Broad Street Ministry Center
A $13,000.00 grant to provide holiday relief for working or recently unemployed families in need, senior citizens and the disabled through "Project 61". The intended impact is at least 750 individuals receiving Thanksgiving / Christmas meals and gifts for the children.
 
Care Pregnancy Center of Augusta, GA
A $13,000.00 grant to cover all direct expenses for The Nurturing Place Parenting Program including staff and materials. Projected impact 200-250 women who attend parenting classes; they and their children will directly benefit. Care Pregnancy Center served over 1,600 female clients in 2012.

Center for New Beginnings
A $15,000.00 grant to provide specially trained personnel to meet the needs of families for the Direct Children Services Program. The goal is to offer methods of normalizing the life of a special-needs child within the community with an individualized plan. The Center now serves 180 children, most of them on a weekly basis.
 
Central Savannah River Area Partnership for Community Health, Inc.
A $13,000.00 grant to fund program activities and staff to organize and manage a community-based health promotion program which will primarily serve approximately 950 low income residents in Richmond County.
 
Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County
A $15,000.00 grant to the provision of counseling services for children and families and the prevention of child sexual abuse training, "Stewards of Children" training. Funds will be spent on a portion of the salary for a therapist and for a portion for salary for those offering the "Stewards of Children" training. 30 would receive therapy and 100 will receive the child sexual abuse prevention training.
 
Christ Central Ministries, Inc.
A $13,000.00 grant for the Fast Track GED Program which increases motivation & employability while reducing societal problems. Program is offered free of charge. The grant will fund 71 individuals to graduate in 2014. The grant covers instructional support, materials, exam fee and transportation to exam site as needed.
 
Christ Community Health Services Augusta
A $15,000.00 grant to support the expansion of the dental program to serve 250-300 individuals. Plans are to construct an 8-chair dental clinic on the 3rd floor of the Olde Town Clinic.
 
Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries, Inc.
A $10,000.00 grant to purchase food from local merchants and organizations to distribute to low income families/ individuals of Richmond and Columbia counties. Focus will be directed to help those with restrictive dietary needs. The Downtown Cooperative is the largest direct service hunger relief agency in Richmond County.

Edgefield County First Steps
A $12,500.00 grant to fund the Nurse Family Partnership strategy (NFP). The NFP involves at- home visits by a nurse to low-income women expecting or new mothers. The plan is to serve a minimum of 8 women in 12 months.
 
Faith Christian Academy
A $8,100.00 grant to fund the Healthy Start Initiative for our school and community. Faith Christian is building a multipurpose room and funds will be used for physical education equipment and curriculum for the children.
 
Family Connection of Columbia County, Inc. dba Columbia County Community Connections (CCCC)
A $15,000.00 grant to support the Columbia County Food 4 Kids weekend backpack program called "Saturday Sacks" and a summer feeding program that reaches more than 550 elementary and middle school children. Funds will go toward food and mileage costs associated with food delivery.

Family Y of Greater Augusta -THOMSON CAMPUS
A $13,000.00 grant to purchase the following regulation gymnastic equipment for the gymnastic program at the Thompson Family Y: uneven bars, a vault table, 4" landing mats and a vault runway, regulation gymnastics flooring. During the school year 60 boys & girls participate in this program.

Fireside Ministries & Industries, Inc.

A $13,000.00 grant to expand and facilitate transportation of individuals in public housing to provide access to nutritional produce at the Downtown Farmers Market. Physical numbers of those assisted is in the thousands. Clients reside in Peabody-Walton Way, Hall Powell-Broad Street and Erwin Towers-Laney Walker.

Georgia Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (GCEPD)

A $13,000.00 grant to pay for speech, occupational & physical therapy services for underprivileged children with disabilities, who have been denied support from Medicaid or private insurance and whose families are unable to afford treatment costs. They impacted the lives of 98 children last year and hope to service 150 throughout 2014 with this grant.

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
A $10,800.00 grant to continue their free art education outreach programs, Art Ventures and Artist-in-Residence, to Richmond County elementary schools. Gertrude Herbert will also continue to offer Arts Instruction to first-time offenders in the juvenile justice system through our partnership with the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Hale Foundation, Inc.
A $13,000.00 grant to fund a portion of our Phase I program (first 30 days of recovery); which consists of supportive housing & education for 90-120 men per year that suffer from the disease of addiction.
 
Historic Augusta, Inc.
A $13,000.00 grant to obtain funds for general operating support to continue to offer much needed preservation services and advocacy, to provide quality educational programming for the community, and to operate the Boyhood Home of President Wilson as a house museum & tourist attraction. Historic Augusta will serve over 800 households, representing over 1,500 people
 
Isaiah and Justine Washington Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to provide impact on Project BBUILD, a tutoring and mentoring program for 6th & 8th grade male students. The 40 students will be exposed to positive and successful role models, cultural development and learn good study habits. The outcome will be improved academic achievement, good character , strong integrity and worthwhile talents.

Jenkins-White Elementary Charter School
A $15,000.00 grant to establish the ArtsNow Teaching & Learning across the curriculum program. Funds will allow presenters of arts based programs into the charter school, to pay artists to work with the students, take children on arts related trips and for props & attire for presentations.

Kids Restart, Inc
A $15,000.00 grant to provide visitation services to children in foster care and their biological family. Kids Restart is the only Visitation Center in Richmond County as they receive all cases that require a neutral supervised setting. The funds will ensure that their services can continue. They anticipate serving 45 children and their family members weekly.

Mental Health America Aiken County
A $4000.00 grant to launch a Suicide Prevention Program called SOS: Signs of Suicide for Middle and High Schools. Funds will be used to purchase 5 kits for Middle Schools and 5 kits for High Schools in Aiken County. Based on current enrollment, close to 13,000 students will be impacted.

Mercy Ministries
A $13,000.00 grant to provide emergency housing for women and women with children in the CSRA.

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center GED Program
A $13,000.00 grant to provide help to those in need seeking to earn their GED. Funds will cover the cost of testing, administration of practice tests, entrance fees, study materials and study software to assist the continuation of this program. The anticipation is to reach 100 students.

Rachel Longstreet Foundation (Jessye Norman School of Arts)
 A $15,000.00 grant to provide technology to high school students who do not have access at home. The goal is for students to achieve technological skills which will equip them to excel in their chosen art and obtain post high school employment.

RECing Crew, Inc.
A $13,000.00 grant to provide a bowling program, Alley Cats, for the disabled of all ages. Funding will provide purchase of special equipment, fees, pay for activities director, and end of year banquet.

Richmond County DUI/Drug Program
A $15,000.00 grant to assist in providing Alcohol & Drug Substance Abuse counseling for its court program participants who have been charged with DUI and/or Misdemeanor drug related offenses in Richmond County. The grant will allow Richmond County to provide assistance to approximately 90 accountability court participants.
 
SafeHomes of Augusta
A $15,000.00 grant to build upon existing programs and outreach directed toward the teen population. The desired outcome is to intervene for teens by decreasing incidents of family violence as a whole, establish new services that center on teen dating violence, and host prevention and awareness events.

Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta and the CSRA, Georgia, Inc.
A $13,000.00 grant to address elementary students low achievement results in Burke & Richmond counties by assigning income-eligible Foster Grandparents (FGP) to work with and encourage these at-risk children on positive learning skills.

Storyland Theatre, Inc.
A $14,000.00 grant to assist paying for production costs this season for 3 Imperial Theatre shows. The funds will help Storyland continue to reach thousands of socio-economically disadvantaged students and Military Dependents offering free admission tickets. Last season 20,464 attended Storyland Theatre's shows.

That's What Friends Are For, Inc.
A $10,000.00 grant to increase funding for our no cost voucher spay/neuter program, and vaccinations as this will reduce the number of animals surrendered, abandoned, neglected and euthanized.

The Foundation for Therapeutic Options
A $13,000.00 grant to pay for speech, occupational & physical therapy services for underprivileged children with disabilities, who have been denied support from Medicaid or private insurance and whose families are unable to afford treatment costs. They impacted the lives of 98 children last year and hope to service 150 throughout 2014 with this grant.

Turn Back The Block
A $15,000.00 grant to pay for the rehabilitation of homes in the Harrisburg neighborhood. The rehab process requires $25,000-$30,000 per house to fill the gap between the donated goods and services, necessary purchases and labor costs. Granted funds will cover items such as new metal roof and paying the non-volunteer, contracted services of electricians and plumbers.
 

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