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Unrestricted Grant Recipients - 2005

On December 6, 2004, the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) approved the 2005 Unrestricted Grant Awards. A total of $250,115 will be awarded to 23 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 2005 award year, there were a total of 12 panels of volunteers involving 80 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 2005 Unrestricted Grant. The Foundation, through its donor advised and agency funds, provides millions of dollars in grants to deserving charities each year.

The 2005 Unrestricted Grant Award recipients are as follows:

Augusta Concert Band

A $5,500.00 grant to assist in providing a variety of concerts to residents of Brandon Wilde, St. John Towers and Washington Commons.

Augusta Opera

A $9,000.00 grant to expand Augusta Opera's educational outreach program. Performances will be held in elementary schools and in after-school programs throughout the city and the CSRA.

Child Enrichment, Inc.

A $15,000.00 grant to assist in funding the CASA Program to provide advocacy services for abused and neglected children in the Augusta Judicial Circuit. The grant will be used to help pay costs associated with recruiting, training and educating volunteers on how to advocate for abused children.

Columbia County Cares, Inc.

A $15,000.00 grant for the purchase of a walk-in cooler/freezer to be installed in the new warehouse facility in Columbia County, which will assist in providing temporary, emergency relief to the unemployed, the underemployed, the elderly on fixed income, and single parents.

Communities in Schools of Burke County, Inc.

A $10,000.00 grant to fund their after-school program that provides academic tutoring, homework assistance, recreational activities, cultural enrichment programs, and field trips for grades 1-12, and to fund the Summer Leadership Camp that provides comprehensive workshops for middle and high school students with an emphasis on leadership training and prevention education.

Coordinated Health Services, Inc.

A $4,450.00 grant to purchase kitchen and laundry appliances that will be used in their Respite Shelter for homeless people being discharged from area hospitals, where they can reside to continue recovering their health.

CSRA AIDS Resources & Education, Inc.

A $15,000.00 grant for their HIV Prevention Education Outreach Program that highlights correlation of substance abuse to HIV transmission, as well as funding for emergency assistance to increase the quality of life of persons living with HIV/AIDS as determined by ongoing assessment.

The First Tee Augusta

A $10,000.00 grant to assist in providing a quality youth development program that teaches good sportsmanship and values through the game of golf, which seeks to involve low to moderate-income youth, minorities, girls, at-risk youth, and students with disabilities.

Golden Harvest Food Bank

A $7,500.00 grant to enable the creation of the Brown Bag Program in Aiken and Edgefield Counties, an outreach program that will provide supplemental groceries to augment the diet of seniors living in poverty.

Hope House, Inc.

A $14,750.00 grant to provide a residential Therapeutic Childcare Program for children whose mother is in long-term treatment at Hope House for the disease of addiction. The program is designed for newborns, infants, toddlers and children under the age of 13.

Imperial Community Theatre

A $10,000.00 grant to underwrite a portion of the planned film presentation at the Imperial, specifically a summer children's series, an ethnic film festival and a documentary film series, providing the community an opportunity to experience films at the Imperial at no or low cost.

Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care

A $15,000.00 grant to provide scholarship funding for clients attending the Adult Day Care Center and/or the In-House Respite program.

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History

An $11,875.00 grant to offer instruction in computer use, and art and history to 80 children, ages 6-12, from low to moderate-income families.

Lynndale, Inc.

A $10,040.00 grant to install a walking fitness trail specifically designed as a therapeutic fitness walking path. The funds will also provide for signs and frames depicting calisthenics appropriate for people with disabilities.

McDuffie County Partners for Success

A $10,000.00 grant to provide a comprehensive health promotion and disease prevention program to meet the needs of a medically underserved rural community in Dearing, Georgia.

National Science Center

A $15,000.00 grant to create their Teacher Resource Center which will provide CSRA educators with essential science, engineering, mathematics and technological resources, including various kits, National Geographic films and CD ROMs.

New Bethlehem Community Center

A $15,000.00 grant to organize, develop and deliver needed programs for persons of all ages in the Bethlehem Community, specifically, an after school program, computer classes, a food pantry, and organized recreation activities.

Pendleton King Park Foundation

A $10,000.00 grant to purchase playground equipment for a new, safe and attractive playground that will be built by a diverse group of community volunteers, and will serve all children in the Augusta community, including children with special needs. The equipment will challenge children to increase their physical strength and endurance.

Public Education Partners

A $10,000.00 grant to implement a hands-on math/science learning curriculum for rural middle school students that will be a model for schools throughout the state.

Safe Homes of Augusta

A $15,000.00 grant to provide on-site counseling to victims of domestic violence giving them immediate access to emergency mental health care, by providing a full-time licensed counselor who is available 24 hours a day for emergency situations, who also facilitates a variety of support groups, and provides counseling for non-residential clients.

Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy

A $15,000.00 grant to collect initial exploratory data on water quality conditions within the urban corridor of the Savannah River & Phinizy Swamp, which will include biological, chemical and physical parameters. The goal of the program is to improve the scientific database for environmental management of the Augusta corridor of the Savannah River.

Storyland Theatre

A $2,000.00 grant to assist with production costs of Mlle. Hood Meets Le Wolf, an original musical, to be performed for all CSRA school children and adults, regardless of ability to pay for a performance ticket.

The Salvation Army

A $5,000.00 grant to purchase supplies and materials needed for their satellite campus program in partnership with Augusta Technical College, designed specifically for residents of their substance abuse rehabilitation program. The satellite campus will provide certified technical skills training to residents with a high school education or equivalent.

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