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Unrestricted Grant Recipients - 2016

On December 1, 2015, the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) approved the 2016 Unrestricted Grant Awards. A total of $600,000 will be awarded to 46 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, 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 2016 award year, there were a total of 18 panels of volunteers involving 129 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 2016 Unrestricted Grant. The Foundation, through its donor advised and agency funds, provides millions of dollars in grants to deserving charities each year.

The 2016 Unrestricted Grant Award recipients are as follows:

Augusta Locally Grown

G.R.O.W. HARRISBURG engages residents in healthy food activities. It currently includes six components: a local farmers market, an at-home raised-bed garden program, a fruit & vegetable prescription program at a local health clinic, teaching gardens and demonstration kitchens, community-meals featuring neighborhood-grown vegetables, and a shared greenhouse to start seedlings. $10,000


Augusta Technical College Foundation

Funding will be used to purchase equipment for a Virtual Industrial Process Simulation Lab that will enhance the skill set of Augusta Technical College Engineering Technology students. These graduates will train on the most up-to-date technology used in the local industrial and nuclear facilities in our community. $10,000


Augusta Warrior Project, Inc.

AWP connects Warriors and Family Members with resources that improve their quality of life. The Emergency Support and Prevention program would fill the gaps in the current housing initiatives in the CSRA and work to keep Warriors in their homes. $15,000


Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA, Inc.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA, Inc. - Great Futures Academy delivers innovative, hands-on research based programs during Impact Hours at the Richmond County Alternative Education Center.  Programs focusing on Career Building, Arts, Sports & Recreation and Healthy Lifestyles bring a unique experience to this group of students. $15,000


Broad Street Ministry Center, Inc.

Broad Street Ministry Center, Inc. exists for two purposes: (1) to share the gospel through ministry evangelism, (best defined as meeting basic needs while sharing the love of Christ) and (2) to provide a place for churches, groups families and individuals to serve in local missions. Securing food is problematic. $10,000


Brothers & Sisters of Aiken County

The Cultural Adventure Program will give children a sense of self and others, allowing them to flourish and become adults who accept and affirm differences, identify unfair situations and   develop a positive awareness about racial and cultural identity reflecting diversity in their surroundings.  $12,000


Center for New Beginnings

The Center for New Beginnings (CFNB) strives to serve children and adolescents with special needs (behavioral, educational, emotional, intellectual, and physical), their families and caregivers. We believe all care providers need access to research-proven methods to enhance their children’s potential for success regardless of their financial situation or geographic location. $15,000


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. $15,000


Children’s Heart Program Volunteer Council

This $15,000 grant will fund the Children's Heart Program Volunteer Council’s Family Support Programs which promote peer support hospital visitation by providing therapeutic surgery pillows, family visitation bags, catheterization patient incentives, and an educational family forum for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia’s pediatric cardiology patients and families.  $15,000


Christ Central Ministries, Inc Aiken/Graniteville

Christ Central’s Building Tomorrow’s Workforce program in Aiken Country provides foundational education, job and life skills training, and mentoring to help economically disadvantaged, unemployed adults take their next steps toward self-sufficiency.  The 2016 Program includes GED classes, Life Skills courses, Food Industry Training, and short-term financial assistance for participants. $10,000


Christian Learning Centers of Augusta

Released Time Bible Education is a vital community ministry providing non-denominational Bible education for almost 600 children in Richmond County elementary schools. Using the Bible as the core textbook, children learn more about history, geography, music, art, sign language basics, reading, memorization & recitation. $15,000


Columbia County 4H Robotics Club

Our program is to provide a positive environment for high school youth to develop leadership, communication and teamwork skills and equip them with knowledge and challenges to facilitate their creativity in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business; all with the goal of being successful in college and future endeavors. $15,000


Columbia County Choral Society

The mission of the Columbia County Choral Society is to pursue choral excellence while encouraging convivial fellowship and artistic growth among its members, and to enhance music appreciation by providing high quality performances to the community. $15,000


Community Medical Clinic of Aiken County

The pharmacy program at the Community Medical Clinic of Aiken County provides free medications to the low income and uninsured residents of Aiken County with diagnosed chronic health conditions.  On-going medications are provided to treat diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, COPD, thyroid conditions and seizures. $11,714


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 consultation with veterinary specialist.  $10,000


Easter Seals East Georgia

The Easter Seals Work Adjustment Program provides job training for adults with disabilities in realistic tasks to develop skills that may lead to competitive employment placements. Funds granted will be used to improve work and break area conditions at the facility. $10,578


Friendship Community Improvement Corporation

The Friendship Community Improvement Corporation Home Rehabilitation Program will provide owner-occupied single family homeowners assistance in the development and preservation of safe, decent, homes in Aiken, SC. $10,000


Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art

The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art’s outreach programming provides free art education to underserved youth in low socioeconomic areas of the CSRA, who due to financial barriers might not have the outside opportunity for arts instruction. $11,500


Golden Harvest Food Bank

Golden Harvest Food Bank provides monthly boxes of supplemental food to seniors who are at risk of hunger through the Senior Food Box Program. Funding from the Community Foundation will enable 80 seniors to be enrolled in the program for 1 year. $14,400


Good Hope Social Services, Inc.

To provide tutoring , summer enrichment, and mentoring to 200+ disadvantage underperforming youth; to achieve significant gain in literacy and math, to provide training and work experience to economically disadvantage youth, and to enhance their social development. $15,000


Good Neighbor Ministries Inc.

Kids with a Future provide tutoring and mentoring to 25 at-risk elementary and middle school children from Harrisburg neighborhood.  Local college students, while working towards their own goals, teach good study habits and provide homework tutoring  while interacting with these kids and encouraging them to establish a solid education foundation. $15,000


Greater Augusta Youth Theatre, Inc.

Greater Augusta Youth Theatre is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit performing arts organization that is managed entirely by the youth of the CSRA. Dedicated to producing theatre of the highest caliber, GRAYT provides an excellent medium in which young artists can hone their craft in the performing arts. $14,000


Harrisburg Family Health Care Inc.

Harrisburg Family Health Care Inc. provides convenient access to medical care at a reasonable fee for adult residents of Harrisburg Neighborhood.  Patients are charged $30 per visit; Medicaid and Medicare are accepted and laboratory tests are performed at no additional charge to the patients. $15,000

Heritage Academy

Dominating Dyslexia is an outreach of Heritage Academy that screens children for dyslexia and also provides tutoring using the Barton Reading and Spelling Program. There is no cost to the parents for either service. $13,000


Icebox Ministries Incorporated

Icebox Ministries’ HUGE (Harrisburg Urban Garden Experience) Project empowers individuals and families to make healthy, seasonal, local food choices that are good for them and their community through workshops and events at their teaching kitchen and classroom, urban garden, greenhouses, food forest, and shared-use commercial kitchen. $10,000


Imani Group, Inc.

EMERGE™ is a 12 month work readiness and life skills course offered to formerly incarcerated persons upon re-entry or to inmates within one year of being released, preparing each individual to succeed by securing employment and acquiring the life skills necessary to fit into society as a productive, law-abiding citizens. $15,000


Imperial Community Theatre, Inc.

The Imperial Theatre "Family Fun Summer Film Series" is intended to bring families together for a morning of fun and entertainment with an educational component. Children will be encouraged to bring a copy of the book and wear theme-appropriate outfits. $10,000


Julie’s House

Julie's House provides shelter and services to homeless women and their children and operates a thrift store/resource center in Columbia County.  We sell donated items to generate income and also give clothing and household items to needy families. $15,000


Le Chat Noir

Emerging Artists is open to anyone with a desire to create. We will take a piece of performance art from page to stage, and every step of the process will be a lesson taught. $15,000

McDuffie County Partners for Success, Inc.

McDuffie County Partners for Success, the community collaborative for McDuffie County, will use the funding to help support our Family Advocates in providing long-term, sustainable solutions for families, especially those affected by generational poverty and neglect. The program will serve approximately 1,000 residents annually. .  $15,000

MHA Aiken County

Nurture Home:  Restoring Hope, Ending Homelessness for Women and Children through Individualized response to the root cause of homelessness for each participant and family.  There is no stereotypical face of the homeless woman; therefore our approach is specific to individual need.  $15,000

New Bethlehem Community Center, Inc.

New Bethlehem Community Center is dedicated to its mission to provide programs and services to improve the quality of life for children, youths, and young and older adults.  $15,000

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center will supplement services to our senior citizens and  will secure and update equipment to optimize the services of the Food Pantry and Center in serving the poor.  $10,000


Phinizy Center for Water Sciences

Phinizy Center will develop a long-term monitoring and education program, focused on reptiles and amphibians, to determine the health of the ecosystem in which we all share.  This program will provide research opportunities for students of all ages and will engage citizen scientists throughout the Central Savannah River Area.  $14,500

Rachel Longstreet Foundation/Jessye Norman School of the Arts

The JNSA Design and Media Skills project will expand the capabilities of the JNSA Photojournalism class by providing technology and equipment for student use, allowing the opportunity to partner with organizations in the community, and give our students real world skills they can use in expanding creative service fields. $15,000

Richmond County State Court

The Richmond County DUI and Drug Court Programs (Accountability Court) mission is to confront the substance abuse issue underlying the repetitive pattern of offenders and to reduce recidivism through enhanced supervision, treatment, and individual accountability. $15,000

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta

RMHC of Augusta is striving to provide a safer environment for families, volunteers, and staff. The program we are looking to implement is a background check kiosk at the front desk of the House. These background check systems are a growing trend at other RMHC Houses around the country.  $10,000


Sacred Heart Cultural Center

The 2016 Sacred Heart Garden Festival will offer a USDA sanctioned flight house, which will feature exotic tropical butterflies from all over the world.  This stand-alone temporary structure will provide a superior tropical butterfly and educational experience, and provide a rare glimpse into the world of the tropics and butterflies. $5,998


Safe Homes

SafeHomes’ “Crisis Intervention and Strengthening Families” program provides emergency shelter and client-focused case management to victims of domestic violence.  More than just a shelter,  our program enables clients to regain control over their own lives, positively impacting both them and our community.  $15,000


Savannah Riverkeeper

SRK’s Community Service Partnership Program would allow non-violent offenders who have been sentenced by the court to community service to complete their hours, work toward rehabilitation, and become personally enriched by the experience while supporting the progress of our mission and the betterment of the CSRA.  $13,548


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


South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Foundation

With support from the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area, GSSM will bring its unique engineering summer camp, CREATEng, to Aiken County. CREATEng will serve up to 60 students from across the county, inspiring them to pursue studies and careers in engineering fields. $10,000


Stand at the Crossroads Ministries

Stand at the Crossroads Ministries is a residence program that helps women recovering from past destructive lifestyles or crisis.  The Cottage Industry/Craft-Training Program will give residents training and opportunity to create a side venture to supplement their incomes as they work to move out on their own and become self-supporting. $15,000


The Hale Foundation, Inc.

Our Program is designed to help men recovering from alcohol and drug addiction and return them to society as productive members. $15,000


Westobou Festival

Westobou Gallery provides a contemporary venue for a wide variety of rotating exhibitions by emerging and mid-career talent of local, regional, and international acclaim. $10,000


When HELP Can’t Wait

The Gifts that Uplift program of When HELP Can't Wait will provide personal electronics like portable DVD players, MP3 players, and CD players to residents of nursing homes who suffer from Failure to Thrive Syndrome, Alzheimer's, or dementia. $10,000




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