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Unrestricted Grant Recipients - 2001

On December 4, 2000, the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) approved the 2001 Unrestricted Grant Awards. A total of $134,850 will be awarded to 18 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 2001 Unrestricted Grant. The Foundation, through its donor advised and agency funds, provides millions of dollars in grants to deserving charities each year.

The 2001 Unrestricted Grant Award recipients are as follows:

Augusta Choral Society, Inc.: a $5,000.00 grant to assist in the purchase of seated risers (elevated platforms) for performances.

Augusta Museum of History: a $15,000.00 grant to assist with implementation of the museum's Ensuring a Future for Our Past initiative, and to expand the number, breadth and depth of museum programs and services.

Augusta Urban Ministries: a $10,000.00 grant to help establish the newest component to the Furniture Bank, the Store and Lock, and to assist in the on-going growth and operations of the Furniture Bank.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta, Inc.: a $10,000.00 grant to provide funding for the integration of their Education Horizons program in the Thomson, Georgia Boys & Girls Club's programming.

Communities in Schools of Augusta-Richmond County: a $1,350.00 grant to provide counseling, education, service learning and other youth development activities for youth at-risk of educational failure, dropping out of school, and domestic and gang violence.

CSRA Humane Society: a $3,000.00 grant to provide a low cost/no cost spay/neuter program to assist pet owners on National Spay Day, USA on February 27, 2001.

Easter Seals East Georgia: a $10,000.00 grant to assist in placement of capable individuals that have disabilities in competitive jobs within the community, and to provide tools necessary for success, for example eye glasses, adaptive shoes, or specialized braces.

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art: an $8,000.00 grant to assist with their Art Ventures program that provides free visual art instruction after school from September to May to latch-key children ages 4-12 years old.

Golden Harvest Food Bank: a $5,000.00 grant to assist in improving their existing hunger prevention programs and in the establishment of new hunger prevention programs in McDuffie, Columbia and Edgefield Counties.

Hale Foundation, Inc.: a $12,000.00 grant to assist in funding scholarships for their 30-day substance abuse recovery program that new residents are required to fulfill.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Augusta, Inc.: a $13,000.00 grant to assist in establishing a day shelter childcare center.

Miracle Making Ministries: a $5,000.00 grant to assist in funding YouthNet and WorkNet, a computer based education program for "at risk" inner city youth.

Safe Homes of Augusta, Inc.: a $10,000.00 grant to provide educational services to domestic violence clients, and job related training to become competitive in today's job market.

Shelter and Advocacy Center for Abused Children: a $6,000.00 grant to assist with their programs that provide comprehensive intervention, stabilization, advocacy and prevention in the best interests of abused, abandoned, and neglected children.

Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta: a $6,000.00 grant to assist in the purchase of a new 21 passenger shuttle bus for transporting senior citizens to medical appointments, grocery shopping and a variety of needed services.

Southeastern Firefighters: Burn Foundation: a $1,000.00 grant to purchase and distribute 10-year lithium battery smoke alarms to low-income households.

Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy: a $12,000.00 grant to support the education, outreach and research programs of the Academy held at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park and other venues.

Tuesday's Music Live, Inc.: a $2,500.00 grant to assist in supporting their 2001 concert series.

Mr. John W. Lee, Foundation Chair, expressed his appreciation to the volunteer Grant Award Panel Members, for their dedicated efforts and personal commitment. "It gives me a great sense of pride and gratification to be a part of The Community Foundation's efforts to give these significant grants to so many worthy causes in our area."

In addition, The Community Foundation is also a key player in the newly created Augusta Chamber of Commerce's Augusta Award, which highlights a theme of community leadership. The Foundation will donate $5,000.00 to a charity of the recipient's choice.

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