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Unrestricted Grant Recipients - 2006

On December 5, 2005, the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) approved the 2006 Unrestricted Grant Awards. A total of $300,010 will be awarded to 26 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 2006 award year, there were a total of 12 panels of volunteers involving 70 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 2006 Unrestricted Grant. The Foundation, through its donor advised and agency funds, provides millions of dollars in grants to deserving charities each year.

The 2006 Unrestricted Grant Award recipients are as follows:

Aiken Boxing Club Youth Development Center P.A.L.
A $7,500.00 grant to assist in providing supplies and equipment needed to expand the educational programs offered at their Learning Center.

ASU Born to Read Literacy Center
A $6,965.00 grant to increase sustainability and effectiveness of current programs promoting literacy through a new initiative called, "Promote Literacy: Communicate, Collaborate, and Cultivate!"

Augusta Housing Authority Child Development Center, Inc. (DBA Little World of Learning)
A $13,759.00 grant to provide summer childcare scholarships for low-income families in order for parents to obtain and maintain employment.

Augusta Players
A $15,000.00 grant to assist with the costs associated with the Augusta Players Artreach Theatre programming, specifically special weekday matinees presented to students throughout the CSRA.

Augusta Symphony, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to fund the program, "Music to the People!" This program is designed to work cooperatively with a community partner, such as an arts council or school music program.

Augusta Urban Ministries
A $14,466.00 grant to continue and expand the Furniture Bank, which provides essential home furnishings to homeless, disabled, and low-income families at no cost to the client.

Big Changes Start Small, Inc. (d.b.a. "It's Spooky to Be Hungry")
A $15,000.00 grant to provide funding for the professional development and implementation of a comprehensive web-based information management system, which will allow the organization to continue to expand and serve the CSRA.

Central Savannah River Land Trust
A $5,000.00 grant to provide funding to build the Rocky Creek Classroom, a new "Living Classroom" program that will bring hands-on environmental education to the community's disadvantaged children free of charge.

Communities in Schools of Burke County, Inc.
A $10,000.00 grant to fund the school-based after-school program providing academic tutoring, homework assistance, recreational activities, cultural enrichment programs, field trips and nutritious snacks for grades 1-12. The grant will also be used to fund the Summer Leadership Camp providing comprehensive workshops for middle and high school students with an emphasis on leadership training and prevention education.

Easter Seals East Georgia, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to provide individuals with disabilities the services of a job coach to improve their opportunities for getting and keeping a job.

Family Y
A $6,500.00 grant to fund the building of a community walking track for the Southside Family Y, which will create a legacy of health for generations to come from the youngest to oldest individuals.

Girl Scouts, CSRA
A $7,500.00 grant to provide Girl Scout Program activities for girls living in low income housing authority units in Richmond, Aiken, and Edgefield Counties.

Hale Foundation, Inc.
A $12,500.00 grant to provide a 30 day alcohol and drug abuse recovery program for approximately 20 men. This program is a 12-step educational program teaching men how to live a life of sobriety.

Heritage Academy
A $15,000.00 grant to provide scholarships to low-income families who are unable to afford private Christian education otherwise.

Hope House
A $7,500.00 grant to provide a residential Therapeutic Childcare Program designed for newborns, infants, toddlers and children under the age of 13, whose mothers are in long-term treatment at Hope House for the disease of addiction.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Augusta, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to provide operational expenses for the Children's Day Shelter and the Day Center. IHNA serves homeless children in the CSRA and their families by helping families to recover from the causes of their homelessness.

Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care
A $15,000.00 grant to provide financial assistance for qualifying participants within the CSRA to attend the Adult Day Care and In-Home Respite programs. Patients will receive activities to stimulate cognitive thinking, assistance with daily care needs, as well as support for families and caregivers.

Koinonia Community Development Corp., Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to fund Camp Koinonia, a summer program giving children, especially in East Augusta, a place to go during the summer months. The camp will also provide job opportunities for senior citizens, allowing those who have no air conditioning a cool place to be as well as income. Staff will also include college and high school students.

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History
A $7,500.00 grant to provide Foundations, a program for students throughout the CSRA, designed to introduce them to the world of business while developing critical thinking skills needed to be competitive in their field of interest.

Lutheran Services of Georgia, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to provide emergency child care subsidies to families experiencing short-term difficulties in paying for care.

Miracle Making Ministries
A $15,000.00 grant to provide prescriptive medication assistance, health monitoring devices, support of patient education and services, as well as non-medical patient support services.

National Science Center, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to assist in starting the NASA Explorer Schools program with at least two local schools. Once entered into this program, NASA will provide funding and resources to these schools for three years. This grant will also assist in developing one-week summer camps into month-long astronomy-based summer enrichment programs for the newly established Explorer schools at three levels.

New Bethlehem Community Center
A $15,000.00 grant to continue offering programs for people of all ages in the Bethlehem Community. Programs include an after school program, a seniors program, parenting classes, computer classes, a food pantry, and organized recreational activities.

Prevent Blindness Georgia
A $5,820.00 grant to provide vision screening for 1,000 additional children in Richmond County and surrounding areas.

Public Education Partners
A $10,000.00 grant to implement a hands-on math/science learning curriculum at Schofield Middle School.

Specifically, the grant will fund student workstations including the module's curriculum, books, materials, and equipment.

Wimberly House Ministries, Inc.
A $5,000.00 grant to continue therapeutic counseling and the Senior's Day Out programs. Therapeutic counseling services are contracted through the Center for Care and Counseling at $65 per session, but charging fees based on a sliding scale of $1 per $1,000 of annual gross income. The grant funds will be used to pay the difference of the negotiated fee with CCC and the actual charge. Grant funds will also be used to cover the expenses of the Senior's Day Out Programs which are offered at no charge to the clients.

The Community Foundations unrestricted grant making focuses on Education; Health; Children, Youth & Family Services; Arts/Cultural; Community Development; Environmental Services; Civic Affairs and Human Services.

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