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Unrestricted Grant Recipients - 2004

On December 8, 2003, the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) approved the 2004 Unrestricted Grant Awards. A total of $225,000 will be awarded to 21 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 2004 award year, there were a total of 10 panels of volunteers involving 60 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 2004 Unrestricted Grant. The Foundation, through its donor advised and agency funds, provides millions of dollars in grants to deserving charities each year.

The 2004 Unrestricted Grant Award recipients are as follows:

Angel Flight Southeast, Inc.
A $7,000.00 grant to fund outreach supplies and material for Angel Flight CSRA Chapter support, which provides flight transportation for medically needy individuals in the area.

Augusta Museum of History
A $15,000.00 grant to provide funding for two featured exhibitions and their associated education programs of the 2004 Special Exhibitions Program. Specifically, Lindbergh and A Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie.

Augusta Training Shop for the Handicapped
A $12,650.00 grant to purchase safe, comfortable and ergonomically correct work stations, tables and chairs for the Training Shop clients, improving the work environment for the program participants, and allowing them greater and safer accessibility to their work space.

Boggs Rural Life Center
A $13,000.00 grant to support the Youth Engaging in the Rural Economy program providing educational, social and career preparation, as well as cultural and recreational activities for young people. Specifically, to provide after school programming, summer day camps, and needed equipment and supplies for the Pecan Grove youth community space.

CSRA Aids Resources & Education
A $15,000.00 grant for the HIV Prevention Education Outreach Program, highlighting correlations of substance abuse to HIV transmission, targeting African-American females aged 18-49 in both urban and rural communities within the CSRA.

CSRA Partnership for Community Health
A $12,650.00 grant to fund the start up of a community based health promotion and disease prevention program using local churches as an organizing framework for participation and administration in the 30901 and 30906 zip code areas.

Child Enrichment
A $12,650.00 grant to support the emergency Shelter Program for children who have been removed from their homes by the Department of Family and Children Services because of abuse or neglect. The shelter provides 24 hours a day, 365 days a year direct care to children from birth through age 17.

Easter Seals
A $12,603.00 grant to educate, inform and promote the KeyTrain and WorkKeys programs for a wide range of local industries and potential employees, assisting them in making the match between skills and available jobs.

Free Medical Clinic of Aiken County
A $4,000.00 grant to enhance the medical education program for indigent patients with chronic diseases, including intensive case management and health instruction, and the purchase of medications and medical supplies.

Girls Incorporated
A $12,650.00 grant to assist in the Outreach Program, serving 2,500 youth each year, that focuses on drug and alcohol abuse prevention, self-esteem building and conflict resolution. This program is primarily for youth who may not be able to attend activities at the club.

Greater Augusta Arts Council
A $5,350.00 grant to provide arts themed children's books for tutoring sessions, and ten violins for the instrumental music class, to further enrich the Artscape Program that serves children in the Richmond County Housing Development.

Hale Foundation, Inc.
A $12,650.00 grant to assist in funding the 30-day relapse prevention program that residents are required to attend. The program assists men over the age of 21 with alcohol and substance abuse problems, teaching them living and coping skills to assume responsibility to themselves and society.

MACH Academy
A $10,000.00 grant to assist with the Tutoring for Success Project, providing creative educational, technological and recreational activities to disadvantaged youth aged 6 to 18, in the May Park Community Center, and to implement the program at the Fleming Tennis Center.

Museum Consortium
A $15,000.00 grant to provide full access for Richmond County public school students and teachers to the educational resources of the Augusta Museum of History, Fort Discovery, Lucy Craft Laney Black Museum of History, and the Morris Museum of Art.

Rape Crisis & Sexual Assault Services
A $15,000.00 grant to provide enhanced victim services for rape and sexual assault victims, by organizing the response and process of intervention by coordinating efforts among health care providers, law enforcement, prosecutors and victim advocates.

St. Vincent dePaul Health Center
A $4,953.00 grant to expand the services of the Eye Clinic at the Health Center by purchasing the necessary equipment for glaucoma testing, and to pay for materials needed for the volunteer physician to produce eyeglasses.

Safe Homes of Augusta
A $10,844.00 grant to enhance the Community Awareness Program through the funding of the agency's quarterly informational/educational publication and Annual Report, allowing information to reach over 1,200 people in East Central Georgia.

Silver Bluff Audubon Center & Sanctuary
A $4,000.00 grant to assist in the development of interpretive trails, both walking and driving, at Silver Bluff, which is an official Discovery Stop along South Carolina's National Heritage Corridor. CSRA residents and other visitors will learn of the history, culture and natural resources of the area through the trail system.

The Augusta Players
A $5,000.00 grant to assist with the costs associated with the Artreach Theatre Program, specifically, special weekday matinees of the Augusta Players Mainstage productions presented to students throughout the CSRA.

The Berry Children's Center
A $10,000.00 grant to renovate and improve the play yard at the new location for the Berry Center, insuring the safety of and accessibility to the handicapped children by the installation of cushioned rubber matting on the surface of the play yard.

Tuttle-Newton Home
A $15,000.00 grant to help support and expand the program for the needy, that assists parents in accessing programs that meet a child's developmental needs, insuring that the children are living in safe environments, and are provided access to education, and therapeutic and recreational support.

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