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Unrestricted Grant Recipients - 2013

On November 26, 2012, the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) approved the 2013 Unrestricted Grant Awards. A total of $475,000 will be awarded to 40 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 2013 award year, there were a total of 20 panels of volunteers involving 140 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 2013 Unrestricted Grant. The Foundation, through its donor advised and agency funds, provides millions of dollars in grants to deserving charities each year.

The 2013 Unrestricted Grant Award recipients are as follows:

Aiken Boxing Club
A $15,000.00 grant to promote school attendance, to maintain academic success and to reduce disciplinary measures while at school through the Police Athletic League (PAL), a youth mentoring program.

Aiken-Augusta Swim League
A $5,000.00 grant to allow success of the inaugural Fred Lamback Disability Swim Meet. They hope to make this an annual event attracting disabled athletes from Georgia and the southeast region of the country.

AMAN Institute Inc. (AMANII)
A $14,400.00 grant to provide 48 need and commitment-based partial scholarships of $300 each to individuals applying to one of the following AMANII programs: Nurse Aide Training Program, Phlebotomy and EKG.

Augusta Judicial Circuit Drug Court
A $10,460.00 grant for costs related to substance abuse treatment, drug testing and special needs treatment in an effort to get participants clean and sober.

Augusta Museum of History
A $12,480.00 grant to create the first museum internship program that will be challenging, educational experiences designed for undergraduate and graduate students. Working alongside staff members in a tutorial arrangement, interns will gain valuable skills & training in museum best practice, archival administration, collection care & management, and historical scholarship.

Augusta Pride, Inc.
A $10,460.00 grant to enable hiring premier level entertainment to perform at the Augusta Pride festival in 2013 in order to increase attendance & draw more people to the health education & testing opportunities provided at the festival while maximizing our economic impact to the city.

Augusta State University Foundation (ASU Literacy Center)
A $13,004.37 grant to develop and reinforce reading mathematics skills for students who are struggling with both reading and mathematics.

The Augusta Technical College Foundation
A $10,460.00 grant to provide funding in the form of Toolbox Scholarships for up to 50 students with the purchase of the tools of their trade to include books, tools and uniforms.

Augusta Warrior Project
A $15,000.00 grant for the expansion of services to veterans in the rural counties of Aiken, Burke, Edgefield, and McDuffie. We provide advocacy and assistance with such critical life areas as housing, education, employment and benefits.

Boys and Girls Clubs of the CSRA
A $10,460.00 grant to facilitate the purchase of kitchen equipment at the Thomson Club to support and expand existing programs, to teach healthy eating habits & culinary skills and to combat the obesity epidemic.

Broad Street Ministry
A $15,000.00 grant for three purposes: 1) To assist recently unemployed adults, low income working families with children, some senior citizens, college students, and the disabled poor in the CSRA by supplying food for prep at home, 2) to expand the current Adult Literacy Program by certifying more tutors so they can teach adults to read and write, 3) to give clients new Bibles as comfort for the needy.

Center for New Beginnings
A $15,000.00 grant to provide counseling, "shadowing" services, respite care, tutoring and behavioral instruction to children and adolescents with special needs, their families and care providers.

Child Enrichment, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to continue to provide counseling, advocacy, and forensic interview services for sexually abused and severely physically abused children in the CSRA.

Compass Youth Mentoring
A $10,460.00 grant to procure transportation and enhance the existing program by adding the capability of providing transportation to and from community events, outreach projects, & the mentoring program itself. Transportation is essential in successfully affecting change in the lives of our mentees.

Coordinated Health Services, Inc.
A $10,460.00 grant to purchase vital medication for homeless clients in need, but who have no source.

Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries
A $10,460.00 grant to continue providing food without drastic reductions in the quantity of people served, quantity of food distributed or variety of food distributed to the needy.

Fireside Ministries & Industries, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to expand our community gardens project. The goal of this project is to strengthen communities by aiding the families and individuals living within them. Our mission is to help "at risk" families/individuals, including unemployed & homeless men, children from low-income families, single mothers, and custodial grandparents who struggle financially. The gardens promote collaboration, recreation & revenue for the community.

Friendship Community Center
A $9,464.00 grant to provide for the set-up of a designated classroom, needed resource materials and funding for our Successful Time Application Management Program (STAMP) for men and women with mental and emotional disorders.

GAP Ministries of Augusta, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to help fund Thursday Ministries. We endeavor to enhance the lives of children and adults in our community, thus helping them on their way to an improved standard of living. We strive to fill the "gap" by helping people overcome obstacles that keep them from living independently. GAP's Thursday Ministries include a birth certificate retrieval program, a photo ID program, a social security card procurement program, a prescription/medical supply program and a food pantry.

Georgia Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (GCEPD)
A $10,460.00 grant to equip 32 disabled students enrolled in Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie & Burke County High School High Tech programs with laptops for school work, and research for the future.

Georgia Health Sciences Foundation for Georgia Health Sciences Dept. of Respiratory Therapy
A $15,000.00 grant to provide partial funding for the 2013 Augusta Area Asthma Camp (AAAC) that will educate children & their parents about asthma. Through this camp children learn the steps necessary to better manage their asthma & avoid a life-threatening attack.

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
A $10,460.00 grant to enable the expansion of the free art education outreach programs, ArtVentures and Artist-in-Residence, to elementary schools previously served by the now dissolved Art Factory. The grant would enable us to provide weekly high-quality art instruction to the behaviorally challenged students of Sand Hill, and three additional Richmond County elementary schools. Through these 4 new schools, the expanded programs will reach an additional 2,700 children.

Girls on the Run
A $14,500.00 grant to fund additional scholarships, volunteer recruitment & training to help expand the program into Burke & McDuffie counties. Through the grant funding the research-based program uses the power of running to help prepare the young girls of the CSRA for a lifetime of self-respect & healthy living.

Good Hope Social Services, Inc.
A $10,460.00 grant to expand the Learning Center with age-appropriate furnishings that serves at risk students in the East Augusta & surrounding community for our after-school and summer enrichment program. The grant will help provide job shadowing, peer, mentoring, career exposure, college preparedness, tutorial, summer camp for 200+ at risk students, to achieve significant gain in literacy & math, and to enhance their social development.

Greater Augusta Arts Council
A $15,000.00 grant to present 14 Stations, the photographic work of David Michalek, as a catalyst for awareness and social change through art regarding the plight of the homeless population of Augusta.

Greater Augusta Fellowship of Christian Athletes
A $10,460.00 grant to fund approximately 40 student/athletes and/or coaches attendance at FCA summer leadership camps.

The Hale Foundation, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant for supportive housing and education for 90-120 men per year suffering from addiction in an effort to produce stable behavioral change in participants.

Hope House, Inc.
A $10,460.00 grant for the hiring and training of a staff member to work directly with the residents as a job coach.

Iota Lambda Zeta Charity Fund
A $2,500.00 grant for educating lower-income pregnant women in adequate medical care and social services to promote healthy births.

Isaiah "Ike" and Justine Washington Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to support Project BBUILD (Boule Brothers Uplifting, Influencing, Leading & Developing) by providing positive role models & successful black images to young, poorly educated African-American males; improving academic achievement & good study habits; promoting good character & cultural development & developing strong integrity & worthwhile talents.

Julie's House, Inc.
A $12,000.00 grant for the continued provision of a shelter and other necessities to homeless women and their children giving them the opportunity to further their education, acquire job skills and seek employment so they may become independent and self-sufficient.

Learn English for Living Foundation
A $10,000.00 grant to expand existing programs and develop additional English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Homework tutoring and US Citizenship classes in the CSRA.

New Bethlehem Community Center, Inc.
A $10,460.00 grant to provide educational services for youth enabling them to make better grades and have greater self-worth; to provide congregant meal services assisting senior citizens in achieving a health and active lifestyle; to continue the cultivation of a community garden promoting healthy eating habits among low income families.

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center Evening GED Program
A $10,460.00 grant to cover expenses associated with providing educational opportunities to those 17 years of age and older, preparation for the GED test and the official GED test.

Rachel Longstreet Foundation, Inc. (Jessye Norman School of Arts)
A $10,460.00 grant for the purchase of computers, maintenance/tech support and software in the launch of an Arts and Technology Program targeting disadvantaged high school students possessing limited technology skills and being at a competitive disadvantage in terms of both their current academic performance, and their long-term college and/or employment prospects.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to continue to provide housing & a "just like" home like atmosphere for pediatric patient's families who come to the CSRA and enable them to be present during the healing process of their children without the worry, stress and cost. This enables the children to heal faster and cope with their illness better. We are the only agency who provides this service in the CSRA and served 478 families in 2011.

South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics Foundation, Inc.
A $10,000.00 grant to provide support to the school to launch its iTEAMS (Innovation, Technology, & Entrepreneurship Among Middle Schoolers) camp in Aiken County in the summer of 2013.

Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center
A $15,000.00 grant for a girls club addressing issues identified as primary concerns for girls: overall personal safety, being beaten up or attacked at school, being pressured to have sex, cyber bullying and being forced/coerced to become involved in illegal activities.

Walton Foundation for Independence, Inc.
A $10,460.00 grant for needed refurbishment to the accessible living facility, Harrison Heights, including new paint on walls and trim, wood rot repair and replacement of some existing doors and cabinets, all adding to the quality of life for the residents.

When Help Can't Wait
A $9,295.00 grant to provide needed infrastructure to support the Mall in the Hall Boutique, which will allow the organization to sell donated items that are inappropriate for nursing home residents resulting in generated revenue that will be used to purchase useful items for the nursing home residents served by the organization.

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