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Unrestricted Grant Recipients - 2008

On December 1, 2008, the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area approved the awarding of 34 grants totaling $383,218.00 to deserving area agencies. Each of these agencies are meeting pressing and changing community needs and are improving the quality of life for the individuals they serve. These grants are available through the Foundation's Unrestricted Fund, which is primarily supported by the Augusta National Golf Club. The Foundation feels very fortunate to have donors make unrestricted gifts. These funds give the Foundation the greatest flexibility in making grants to address the most pressing needs in the contiguous counties of Richmond, Columbia, Burke, McDuffie, Aiken and Edgefield. The Foundation uses a spending rule formula each year that ensures that the Unrestricted Grants Program will graciously continue for years to come.

This year, the Foundation had seventeen volunteer panels consisting of 131 area leaders. These volunteer panels assisted the Foundation in reviewing & analyzing the applications, visiting the applicants and recommending the most deserving organizations. The Community Foundation is also pleased to announce that these grants are in addition to the Foundation's individual Donor Advised Grants. Since The Community Foundation's first grants in 1996, it has made 3,047 Donor Advised Grants totaling $19,605,408.57. The 2008 Unrestricted Grants will bring the total number of Unrestricted Grants to 294 totaling $2,972,430.31. The grand total of all combined grants since 1996 is 3,341 totaling an astounding $22,577,838.88!

The 2008 Unrestricted Fund grant award recipients are as follows:

Action Ministries, Inc.
A $9,500.00 grant to expand the Furniture Bank Program into Burke County.

Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association
A $15,000.00 grant to provide Alzheimer's disease & brain health education programs to family caregivers, professional caregivers, emergency first responders & general public and to provide annual education symposium scholarship assistance for family caregivers & respite reimbursement for care of loved ones.

Area Churches Together Serving (ACTS)
A $15,000.00 grant to provide utility assistance for families that are facing disconnection of services.

Augusta Care Pregnancy Center
A $15,000.00 grant to implement Aspire, an intensive abstinence and marriage education curriculum, which will encourage participants to develop healthy & supportive relationships and will endorse & strengthen the role of marriage.

Augusta Mini Theatre, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to develop and implement an African Dance Program to educate diverse groups of people about African Culture so that there is a better understanding and acceptance of differences among people.

Augusta Opera
A $9,500.00 grant to expand the Outreach Program so that students of all ages may be exposed to the Opera in their schools and after-school programs.

Augusta Partnership for Children, Inc.
A $9,500.00 grant to adequately engage participating females in enriching, recreational, supportive and academic activities to improve communication skills and encourage positive & healthy life styles with the goal of deterring females from entering or re-entering the juvenile justice system.

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

Augusta Rescue Mission
A $15,000.00 grant to provide shelter, food, clothing and counseling for those in the second phase of the program for homeless men.

Augusta State University Foundation
An $11,884.00 grant to update the Augusta State University Literacy Center to become a certified "Reading Styles Inventory Diagnostic Center.

Champions Made From Adversity
A $15,000.00 grant to expand sport and leisure activities for the physically disabled in the CSRA.

Christ Central Ministries, Inc.
A $9,500.00 grant for the provision of a Director of School Aged Group, a Director of Preschool Readiness and an Advocate.

Dance Augusta, Inc.
A $6,000.00 grant to provide a two-part workshop and a live performance of The Nutcracker to low-income, at-risk schools and community centers.

Fairview Life Changing Ministry, Inc.
A $4,000.00 grant for general operating support, academic materials, meals and director and teachers' professional fees so that youth may be more prepared for a future of unprecedented academic accomplishments through the Summer Enrichment Program youth camp.

Family Counseling Center of the CSRA, Inc.
A $14,736.00 grant to provide therapeutic services to aid women in making permanent life changes for themselves and their children in collaboration with SafeHomes.

The Family Y
A $9,500.00 grant to purchase lift and transportation equipment to assist handicapped individuals with entering the therapy pool.

Fragile Kids Foundation
A $5,000.00 grant to provide durable medical goods to assist in the rehabilitative care of children.

Friends of the Augusta Library
A $9,500.00 grant to purchase 5 bilingual "Early Literacy Stations" computers for several branches of the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library.

Friendship Community Center
A $9,500.00 grant to furnish a classroom with workstations including resource materials to implement their STAMP program.

Friendship Community Improvement Corporation
An $11,600.00 grant for the support of the Homeowner Rehabilitation Program operations so that low-income homeowners may have problems with their homes corrected.

Georgia Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
A $9,500.00 grant to equip 40 students with disabilities who are enrolled in the High School High Tech programs at their schools with high-end refurbished laptops and assistive technology software to complete projects so they may graduate from high school and quickly transition to technical colleges, universities or employment following graduation.

Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Inc.
A $7,500.00 grant to provide a monthly mobile eye clinic for the indigent and working poor of the Augusta Region through free vision clinics and to fund regional eye surgeries for the working poor.

Heritage Academy
A $15,000.00 grant to implement BrainSkills, a testing and training program for strengthening cognitive skills, for students in second through seventh grades.

Historic Augusta, Inc.
A $9,500.00 grant to create an initiative in partnership with the National Trust called "Partners in the Field," designated to increase the capacity of the National Trust's Statewide and Local Partners.

Hope House, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to provide furniture and age appropriate developmental materials for our Therapeutic Childcare Program which provides supportive services for the children of mothers in long-term treatment.

The Imperial Community Theatre
A $9,500.00 grant to partially underwrite the re-installation of the Imperial Theatre's "Mighty Wurlitzer" theatre organ, which was originally installed in 1925.

Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care
A $9,500.00 grant to provide services to clients attending the Adult Day Care and/or the In-Home Respite program who are unable to pay for these services.

Medical College of Georgia Foundation
A $9,500.00 grant to provide emergency child care subsidies to families experiencing short-term difficulties due to a family emergency or new job and not eligible for Department of Human Resources child care subsidies.

New Creation Christian Transitional Housing, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant for the relocation of the male program and the addition of a female program so that men and women may recover from the disease of addiction, transition back into the workplace, family and community transforming their lives.

Rachel Longstreet Foundation
A $14,998.00 grant to build the fine arts program of Jessye Norman School of the Arts in include pottery wheels, fine arts materials, fine arts supplies and a kiln.

The Salvation Army of Augusta
A $15,000.00 grant for the provision of teaching materials and supplies for the job skills training program that will enable formerly homeless men to learn in depth horticultural skills enabling them to begin their own businesses or find employment with a landscaper.

Savannah Riverkeeper
A $9,500.00 grant to educate middle school students on the importance of water quality and our natural resources through a three day boat trip on the Savannah River.

Tri-Development Center of Aiken County, Inc.
A $9,500.00 grant to provide LPN services to consumers in the residential homes and to provide training to staff and consumers.

United Way of the Central Savannah River Area, Inc.
A $9,500.00 grant to serve 1,225 households by providing after-hours operation of United Way 2-1-1, a health and human service information and referral program for individuals and families who need help.

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

If you would like additional information regarding these awards or additional information about The Community Foundation, please contact R. Lee Smith, Jr., President/CEO at 706-724-1314. The Foundation's web site at may also be resourceful to you.

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