The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area announces their 1999 grant recipients.
On December 1, 1999 the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation, Inc. approved the award of 23 matching grants totaling $154,876 to deserving area agencies that are meeting pressing community needs and improving the quality of life for the individuals they serve. These distributions are from the foundation's unrestricted fund, which is supported by the Masters Tournament Fund.
Unrestricted Funds are funds which the donors place no restrictions on how they are to be used, giving the Foundation the greatest flexibility in making grants to address the community's most pressing needs.
Art Factory: a $5,000 grant for the Family History Art Book Project. Focused on the downtown 30901 community, 4th and 5th grade children will work with local artists and volunteers to research and create a personal art book that expresses their individual, family and community history.
Augusta Child Advocates: a $5,000 grant to provide training for community volunteers to serve as advocates for abused children and increase awareness of child abuse through publication and dissemination of materials and information.
Augusta Concert Band: a $4,500 grant to assist in the presentation of the seven concerts for the 1999-2000 season.
Augusta Rescue Mission: a $2,116 grant to purchase eight round tables. The tables in the Kitchen/Fellowship Hall promote and provide a family home-style atmosphere during meal times, enhance eye-to-eye contact, are more comfortable, and provide better communication.
Augusta Richmond County Museum: a $2,435 grant to support the development and implementation of History Camp 2000. Children will spend five days learning about local, state and national history through instruction, historical craft demonstration, field trips, and hands-on crafts, experiments and cooking classes.
Augusta Symphony: a $6,000 grant will help defray the costs of three Spring and three Fall Discovery Concerts as field trips for Greater Augusta Region school children and the publication of music activity booklets.
Augusta Urban Ministries: a $10,375 grant to support the Community Kids Connection program, which targets children in the 30901 area. The grant will enable them to continue existing programs and offer new experiences such as field trips and expanded weekly programming.
Boys & Girls Club of Augusta: a $15,000 grant to expand the number of members served by the Educational Horizons Project. The project has three primary enhancement programs: Homework Help, two Computer Resource Centers and College Scholarship Assistance.
Communities in Schools: a $6,500 grant to offer seven weeks of counseling and interactive sessions for students at A.C. Griggs Alternative School. The sessions will teach students to resolve conflicts using socially acceptable problem solving techniques and etiquette.
Coordinated Health Services, St. Vincent dePaul Health Center: a $2,000 grant to expand the flu shot program offered at St. Vincent dePaul Health Center, purchase additional medical supplies, and to purchase medicine for the soup kitchen clinics.
Delta House, Inc. (Lucy Laney Craft Museum): a $10,000 grant to support a computerized Art and History program designed for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Skilled artists, historians, and tutors participate in exposing children in the Historic Laney Walker District to various art forms, history using tours, videos, reading and story telling, character building and computer skills.
Friendship Community Center: a $15,000 grant to assist with securing a part-time Licensed Occupational Therapist and two critically needed pieces of equipment.
Golden Harvest Food Bank: a $5,000 grant to support the Manna Truck program which delivers 5,000 lbs. of food directly to clients. Food pantry agencies help coordinate the dispersing of food where it is needed the most; in rural or high urban density poverty areas.
Greater Aiken Local Education Foundation: a $12,750 grant for a 12-station ropes course. The course will provide opportunities for conflict resolution and team building to be taught.
Greater Augusta Citizen Advocacy, Inc.: a $5,000 grant to recruit and provide training and orientation to crisis advocates and advocate associates.
Greater Augusta Presbyterian Ministries: a $5,000 grant to leverage other funding for a non-traditional Christian education and social work homeless drop-in service center.
Greater Augusta Sports Council: a $5,000 grant to support launching an expanded youth clinic, reinforcing a healthy lifestyle through the introduction of sports activity at the elementary school level.
Harlem Library: a $10,000 grant for additional furnishings and shelving for the Harlem Branch Library renovation and expansion project.
Miracle Making Ministries: a $6,000 grant to support YouthNet, a computer based education program which will enhance computer skills and give access to computer technology and resources in an effort to expand education and job marketability for at risk inner city youth.
Ronald McDonald House: a $7,200 grant to update the current telephone system which will better accommodate the needs of resident families.
Sacred Heart Cultural Center: a $5,000 grant to support the Garden City Festival. The Garden Festival will utilize the history and horticulture of the CSRA connecting people with gardens and the environment.
Shelter & Advocacy Center for Abused Children: a $5,000 grant to support the salaries of the Human Service Technicians. The technicians are responsible for providing care and supervision of each child in the emergency shelter.
Young Life: a $5,000 grant to support a full-time Urban Program Director position.
Julian Osbon, Foundation Chair, expressed his appreciation to the community volunteers who made up the grants panels for their untiring commitment to review the grants and recommend a broad based group of recipients. "Those receiving funds from the Foundation," stated Mr. Osbon, "represent an extensive cross-section of geographical, ethnic and diverse needs in the CSRA community. The Community Foundation and its contributing philanthropists can be proud of their role in supporting the agencies that improve the quality of life for those residing in our area."