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Unrestricted Grant Recipients - 2015

On December 1, 2014, the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) approved the 2015 Unrestricted Grant awards. A total of $550,000 will be awarded to 39 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 2015 award year, there were a total of 19 panels of volunteers involving 123 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 2015 Unrestricted Grant. The Foundation, through its donor advised and agency funds, provides millions of dollars in grants to deserving charities each year.

The 2015 Unrestricted Grant Award recipients are as follows:

That’s What Friends Are For

With your help, we will be able to more aggressively promote the spay/neuter and rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats to prevent more unwanted litters, prevent the spread of rabies, and to reduce the total number of companion animals that are surrendered, abandoned, neglected and euthanized in our shelters. $15,000.00


Area Churches Together Serving (ACTS)

The ACTS Food Pantry and ACTS Senior Saturday Food Program provide a week's worth of food for low income clients.  The ACTS Discretionary Fund provides emergency gas, transportation, housing and other needs not currently funded. $15,000.00


 Augusta Locally Grown

DIRTY TO DELICIOUS is Augusta Locally Grown's educational program to better connect the community to local, more nutritious, seasonally-diverse foods. We strive to inspire awe in the full, natural process of growing and cooking food through talks, hands-on workshops, farm tours, classes, new farmer education, partnerships and intern programs. $15,000.00


Augusta Museum of History

The Augusta Museum of History is pleased to announce the availability of collection care and management internships at the Museum. The internships will provide special continuing educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who have a strong interest in collections management or becoming a registrar. $14,976.00


Augusta Rescue Mission 

The Augusta Rescue Mission needs remodeling of old bathroom facilities. Current facilities are old and broken down. The shelter houses 25 men daily. $5,872.00


Champions Made From Adversity   

Champions Made From Adversity provides sport and leisure activities to persons with physical disabilities through ongoing adaptive programs. We also build community awareness through outreach programs. $15,000.00


Child Enrichment, Inc.

The Child Advocacy Center addresses the needs of sexually and severe physically abused children by providing specialized therapy and support services and referring families to additional resources they may need in order to continue the healing process.



Christ Community Health Services Augusta  

The Supplemental Care Program underwrites lab services and co-pays, prescriptions, vitamins, and nutritional supplements, for pediatric patients who are uninsured or whose parents cannot afford these services. $15,000.00


Communities In Schools Augusta/Richmond County   

Communities In Schools surrounds students with a network of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Students at risk or with other special needs and their families are matched to critical resources, tailored to their individual situation to help them overcome obstacles to their educational success. $15,000.00


Community Medical Clinic of Aiken County

The pharmacy program provides the patients of the Community Medical Clinic of Aiken County with medications to treat their chronic health conditions as well as some medications to treat acute conditions at no charge. $15,000.00


 CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc.

CSRA EOA 's Inc., Transitional Housing Program provides housing for 12 families exiting public shelters with housing for up to a maximum of 24 months. $10,000.00


Diamonds in the Ruff, CSRA

DITR provides for urgent and emergency veterinary services for homeless felines, whether stray, community/feral, or otherwise discarded or abandoned, in the CSRA.  Funds will pay for extraordinary, life/limb/eyesight-saving surgeries, and urgent care, prescription medications and occasionally when necessary consultation with veterinary specialist. $15,000.00

Family Connection of Columbia County Inc.

The Food4Kids program provides bags of food each week to 600 children enrolled in Columbia County schools so they will have easy to prepare meals on weekends and during the summer. This program depends on community support to ensure children do not go hungry when they are not in school. $15,000.00


Family Promise of Augusta

Family Promise is a 24/7 program that operates 365 days each year. $15,000.00


GAP Ministries of Augusta, Inc.

GAP Ministries’ mission is to help working poor and low income people overcome obstacles that keep them from improving their economic situation. 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. $15,000.00


Garden City Rescue Mission

Mission is to provide emergency shelter to the homeless community of the CSRA and then empower them to become productive citizens. $10,000.00


Georgia-Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America

Delivering the Scouting program to the youth of Richmond and McDuffie Counties that would normally not be able to participate in Scouting.  This program reaches out to youth who utilize the Boys and Girls Clubs facilities after school. $11,500.00


Goodwill Industries of Mid GA & the CSRA

Funds will be used by Goodwill's Augusta campus to double the number of computers and work stations available to the AMBA Certification Program giving twice as many underprivileged people in the Augusta area the chance to participate. $14,915.00


Greater Augusta Arts Council

The Greater Augusta Arts Council is creating a library of mobile recording equipment for use by of its arts-related member organizations. This would provide Augusta's arts community the tools they need to share their success stories with a wider audience than they are currently able to for lack of equipment. $14,721.00


Heritage Academy

Heritage Academy, already a leader in urban Christian education since 2001, would like to take the lead in providing instructional intervention for children with dyslexia in a new outreach called Dominating Dyslexia. This program would not only serve Heritage Academy students, but those throughout the CSRA. $12,000.00


Hope for Augusta
College for Kids is Hope for Augusta’s five week summer day camp for elementary school children from the Augusta downtown community. At camp, students receive assistance in the area of reading and math, are exposed to positive extra-curricular activities in arts, sports and home skills, and participate in Bible study. $15,000.00


Hope House, Inc.

Hope House’s Parenting & Abuse Prevention Program is designed to empower families through comprehensive education and early intervention to live healthy and abuse free lives. Education promotes constructive, therapeutic, nurturing, and pro-active approaches to behavior which results in healthier behavioral and relational patterns for children and their families. $15,000.00


Jenkins-White Elementary Charter School

Our partnership with ArtsNow will provide professional learning for our Teachers and opportunities for our students to experience the Arts, providing academic options for our children.  Drums will enhance cultural music and allow our students to participate in a global society. $15,000.00


Juilliard in Aiken

The Juilliard in Aiken Outreach Program annually brings students, faculty, and alumni from The Juilliard School (the world's premier performing arts conservatory) to the CSRA to provide world-class instruction to disadvantaged students in underserved neighborhoods.  To date it has reached approximately 20,000 area students. $15,000.00


Julie's House, Inc.

Julie's House, Inc., provides shelter and services to homeless women and their children in the CSRA.  We serve those who wish to change their lives and become independent and self-sufficient.  We provide the opportunity for them to accomplish this goal. $15,000.00


Kids Restart, Inc.

Kids Restart will provide supervised visitation services, transportation, parenting classes, family enrichment activities and referral services to families who are referred to our Supervised Visitation Center and to our In Home program.  Kids Restart is the only Supervised Visitation Center in Richmond County and surrounding areas. $15,000.00



Laces4Love provides new athletic shoes and socks through an annual distribution to needy children in local elementary schools and Head Start preschool programs in Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield, McCormick, and Saluda counties.  Grant funds would allow the expansion of serving more children in each of these counties. $15,000.00


Lynndale, Inc.

Lynndale, Inc. provides people with disabilities and their families support through person centered training, and community resources, enabling them to determine their future.  Renovating our kitchen to improve accessibility for people in wheelchairs will enable them to receive training in food preparation and cooking skills. $12,966.00


Morris Museum of Art

The Morris Museum is the only public institution in the CSRA that offers object-based School Tours of an art collection that is correlated with current Core Curriculum goals. Tours are free for all pre-K-12 public school students and Headstart programs, many of whom do not have access to the arts. $10,000.00


Olive Tree Academy

Olive Tree Academy will provide an academic and life preparatory education program for students who learn best from teaching strategies implemented for individuals with high-functioning autism in grades 6th – 12th. Olive Tree Academy will also s

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads volunteers to offer person-to-person service to the needy and suffering.  Organized locally, Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice, making no distinction in who it serves. $15,000.00


Storyland Theatre

We present live quality theatre, performed by adults, for children and families, especially those who otherwise might not have the opportunity to experience the magic of theatre, dramatizing locally written original plays/musicals, based on fairytale themes, incorporating imaginative sets and costumes to expose children to the CSRA’s finest theatre. $14,000.00


The Foundation for Therapeutic Options

The Foundation for Therapeutic Options provides funding for speech, occupational, and physical therapies to enhance the quality of life for children from low-income families who suffer from disabilities and who have been unable to obtain adequate funding from health insurance or Medicaid sources. $15,000.00


The Lydia Project

The program will provide women and teenage girls emotional support and overnight stay when lodging is needed to receive cancer treatment and continuity of care. Community Foundation for the CSRA funding will open doors to health care and improves lives by providing solutions for women and girls who are needing cancer care. 



The RECing Crew

Alley Cats, an adaptive bowling program for individuals of all ages with disabilities (physical and/or cognitive); meets at Northside Lanes in North Augusta and Strikehouse Bowl in Aiken.  Beginners as well as experience bowlers are welcomed. $15,000.00


The Salvation Army

TSA will empower homeless individuals and families to become self-sufficient through access to technology. Computer workstations in our emergency shelter will increase our client’s ability to access community resources/benefits, job opportunities and housing; assist our children with school work; and allow us to host onsite basic computer skills classes. $14,200.00


Turn Back The Block, Inc.

A grant from the CFCSRA would help to defray construction costs incurred in the rehabilitation of an historic home on Metcalf Street in Harrisburg. This home sits at the core of Turn Back The Block's second major 'Block' project, which will include both rehabilitation of existing homes and new construction. $15,000.00


Tuttle-Newton Home

When parents are unable to independently provide programs and services for a child in need, Tuttle Newton assists.  Services provided include educational support, residential placement, and enrollment in enrichment programs and supervised child care. $15,000.00


USC Aiken

Clinical experience in critical pediatric care is required for nursing students. Acquisition of a simulated manikin baby, called a SimBaby, will enable USC Aiken to replicate acute care pediatric experiences for students, allowing nursing students a simulated pediatric unit experience treating ill and critically ill pediatric patients.  $15,000.00




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