Unrestricted Grant Recipients - 2009
On December 1, 2009, the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area approved the awarding of 34 grants totaling $400,003.56 to deserving area agencies. Each of these agencies are meeting pressing and changing community needs and are improving the quality of life for the individuals they serve. These grants are available through the Foundations Unrestricted Fund, which is primarily supported by the Augusta National Golf Club/Masters Tournament. The Foundation feels very fortunate to have donors make unrestricted gifts. These funds give the Foundation the greatest flexibility in making grants to address the most pressing needs in the contiguous counties of Richmond, Columbia, Burke, McDuffie, Aiken and Edgefield. The Foundation uses a spending rule formula each year that ensures that the Unrestricted Grants Program will continue for years to come.
This year, the Foundation had seventeen volunteer panels consisting of 123 area leaders. These volunteer panels assisted the Foundation in reviewing & analyzing the applications, visiting the applicants and recommending the most deserving organizations. The Community Foundation is also pleased to announce that these grants are in addition to the Foundations individual Donor Advised Grants. Since The Community Foundations first grants in 1996, it has made 3,546 Donor Advised Grants totaling $23,253,194.05. The 2009 Unrestricted Grants will bring the total number of Unrestricted Grants to 328 totaling $3,372,433.87. The grand total of all combined grants since 1996, including the 2009 Unrestricted Grants, is 3,874 totaling an astounding $26,625,627.92!
The 2009 Unrestricted Fund grant award recipients are as follows:
100 Black Men of Augusta, Inc.
A $9,644.00 grant to assist with the operation of the Saturday Academy programs for mentees and their parents.
Aiken County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council
A $9,644.00 grant to implement Girls Circle, a research-based model that encourages girls to be themselves within a structured support group for girls' ages 9-18 years old.
Aiken Performing Arts Group, Inc.
A $9,644.00 grant to enlarge and enhance the Instruments in Your Attic project; to begin a partnership with University of South Carolina's Music Department in bringing their music students to area schools for outreach; and to take Hot 8's Brass Band to the only charter school to perform and interact.
The Art Factory, Inc.
A $9,644.00 grant to provide at-risk teens with an opportunity to learn visual art skills through "Art on the Wall," a community service project in which a large scale mural will be created enhancing the clear well wall at the Highland Avenue facility of the Augusta Utilities Department.
Augusta Biomedical Research Corporation
A $9,644.00 grant to provide up to three marriage enrichment retreats for 48 couples having serious to critical marital issues as a result of combat stress.
Augusta Canal National Heritage Area
A $15,000.00 grant to expand programming in the sciences and math by adding new portable exhibits to teach about the interaction of the man-made and natural environments and by creating standards-based lesson plans using these exhibits and the canal for discovery-based learning.
Augusta Judicial Circuit Drug Court
A $15,000.00 grant for drug treatment and counseling in the substance abuse treatment program.
Augusta Technical College Foundation
A $9,644.00 grant to provide tuition fee, book fee and uniform fee assistance to students in need that are enrolling in the new Associate Degree Nursing Program beginning in Fall of 2010.
Augusta Urban Ministries
A $9,644.00 grant to fund the furniture bank operations, which provides furniture, household items, coats, blankets and bikes to clients.
The B.E.L.L. Foundation
A $15,000.00 grant to help launch the B.E.L.L. Summer program to enable 300 underperforming children to achieve significant gains in their literacy and math skills and enhance their social development.
Broad Street Ministry Center
A $9,644.00 grant to purchase a digital x-ray for HOPE Dental Clinic, a dental ministry where area dentists and dental professionals volunteer to provide dental care to adults who do not have dental insurance each Friday.
Center for New Beginnings
A $15,000.00 grant to provide individual counseling, "shadowing" services, respite and tutoring to children and adolescents with special needs and their families.
Child Enrichment, Inc.
A $9,644.00 grant to continue providing crisis and long-term counseling, advocacy and forensic interviewing services for abused children.
Children's Place, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to purchase a new 14 passenger bus to provide transportation to and from the organization for young children who have experienced abuse and neglect, have serious behavior problems or severe developmental delays.
Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries, Inc.
A $9,500.00 grant to provide food to the needy in Augusta and for the purchase of refrigeration equipment and computer equipment.
Full Circle Refuge, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant for the support of the Gang Prevention Youth Mentoring Program, an intense program for high-risk youth.
Georgia Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
A $9,644.00 grant to equip 45 students with disabilities who are enrolled in the High School High Tech programs at their schools with high-end refurbished laptops and assistive technology software to complete projects so they may graduate from high school and quickly transition to technical colleges, universities or employment following graduation.
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
A $4,160.90 grant to present a collaborative project, Hidden Thoughts: Visual Communication, a yearlong program for children under the age of 18 who are victims of domestic violence and child abuse.
Gospel Water Branch Elderly Housing, Inc.
A $14,000.00 grant to secure equipment, recreational aids and staff training software for the care of elderly residents.
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Augusta
A $15,000.00 grant for the operating expenses of the Day Center, the Children's Day Shelter and the nine Transitional Dwellings: all for the benefit of homeless or low-income families.
Le Chat Noir
A $15,000.00 grant for Theatre Libre (free theatre), a cultural infusion project making performance art more accessible to the underserved.
The Lydia Project
A $9,644.00 grant for the provision of prescription, rent and/or utility assistance to women currently receiving cancer treatment and facing financial crisis because of their medical status.
A $9,644.00 grant to furnish and update a computer lab to be used for training for staff and life skills classes for Lynndale participants.
McDuffie Care, Inc., dba MANNA
A $14,000.00 grant to provide additional energy efficient freezer capacity for bulk food storage with a walk-in freezer.
Old Fellow Burke County Rescue
A $5,575.00 grant to continue the spay/neuter program, prevent the propagation of communicable disease and reduce the incidents of dog bite injuries.
Rachel Longstreet Foundation
A $14,951.66 grant to add lighting and sound systems to the arts program of the Jessye Norman School of the Arts allowing the participants to have more professional arts education and creating a wider variety of musical and theatrical performances.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta
A $15,000.00 grant to provide meals, lodging, transportation and emergency funds for families of children receiving medical treatment.
The Salvation Army of Augusta
A $15,000.00 grant for facilitator training, workshop materials, educational play area upgrades and curricula to implement the first phase of the Women's Skills Training Project.
Savannah River Cancer Foundation
An $8,400.00 grant to fund a portion of the Patient Assistance Program, which helps low-income cancer patients pay for cancer-related prescriptions and transportation expenses to and from treatment and medical appointments.
Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center
A $14,400.00 grant for the continuation of "Project YES," a youth male initiative with a mission of improving the educational opportunities of young men by way of tutoring, college readiness, mentorship and literacy based workshops.
Southeastern Firefighters' Burn Foundation, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to financially assist needy burn patients and their families' services including: pressure (anti-scarring) garments, medications, transportation and lodging at the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House.
Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy
A $9,644.00 grant to address low math and science scores by integrating technologically based water research data into the existing standards based environmental education programs for students.
University of South Carolina Educational Foundation
A $15,000.00 grant to produce a quality video documentary that will contribute in-depth qualitative data about the Pickens-Salley House located on the campus of USC Aiken, the two remarkable women who lived there and the history the house has seen.
When HELP Can't Wait
A $9,644.00 grant for operating expenses, for the clothes program, which directly impacts nursing home residents, and for the purchase of products needed to provide therapeutic spa treatments for the residents.
The Community Foundations unrestricted grant making focuses on Arts/Cultural; Civic Affairs; Community Development; Education; Environmental Services; Human Services; Health; and Children/Youth/Family Services.
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