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Unrestricted Grant Recipients - 2011
On November 28, 2011, the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area approved the awarding of 38 grants totaling $450,000.00 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 Masters Tournament. 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 19 community volunteer panels consisting of 123 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 Fund Grants. Including the $450,000.00 in Unrestricted Funds to be granted in December, since April of 1996 The Community Foundation will have awarded 4,972 Donor Advised Grants and Unrestricted Fund Grants totaling $38,444,705.00.
The 2011 Unrestricted Fund grant award recipients are as follows:
Aiken Music Festival dba Juilliard in Aiken
A $10,357.25 grant to support Juilliard in Aiken’s outreach program to underserved schools and disadvantaged students.
Area Churches Together Serving (ACTS)
A $15,000.00 grant to provide utility assistance for families that are facing disconnection of services.
Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta
A $10,357.25 grant for the creation of educational exhibit panels, interactive components and construction projects that will upgrade the AHCNA's permanent history exhibit called "Rivers, Rails and Roads."
Athletes to Champions, Inc. (A2C)
A $10,357.25 grant to complete funding for a summer Sports-Character Camp for youth of the CSRA, using sports as a tool to teach youth the importance of respect for one's self and others and the value of hard work & perseverance and the benefits of teamwork.
Augusta Chorale Society
A $ 10,357.25 grant to purchase performance equipment that will allow more flexibility in set up in performance venues & the ability to accommodate more collaboration with other organizations. The equipment will also help better meet the needs of other community arts organizations who use their equipment.
Augusta Library for the Young Men’s Library Association
A $10,357.25 grant to provide programming for Summer Reading to engage children in reading during the summer months in order that their reading skills do not fall off during the summer.
Augusta Museum of History
A $9,244.99 grant to process more of the Museum's collections and make them publically accessible. Two high quality scanners will be purchased to digitize and make a lot of items available without having to handle the fragile originals thus preserving them.
Center for Care and Counseling for the CSRA, Inc.
A $10,357.25 grant to continue to make possible the provision of mental health services to children, families and individuals in the CSRA that our agency has provided (over 2,000 sessions/year subsidized to a level under our cost of providing services).
Champions Made From Adversity
A $15,000.00 grant to continue providing quality sport opportunities for people with physical disabilities in the CSRA including cycling and rugby programs.
Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County
A $15,000.00 grant to assist with the provision of forensic interviews, and medical examinations for abused children, and to provide prevention of child sexual abuse training in the community.
Christ Community Health Services Augusta
A $10,357.25 grant to equip both clinic locations with cardiac testing and monitoring equipment.
Christian Learning Centers of Augusta
A $10,357.25 grant to support the needs of Released Time Christian Education (RT) programs serving six Richmond County Schools, and over 400 students. Will provide transportation of students by bus, crossing guards, curriculum, supplies, training and development of volunteers to strengthen current outreach to parents/guardians, fund raising events, and expansion of RT to additional schools.
Columbia County Community Connections
A $15,000.00 grant to provide the Summer Work Experience for Teens (Camp SWE4T). This camp will provide training and work experience opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth in Columbia County to enhance their employability & encourage them to finish high school & seek post-secondary education and/or training.
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Middle Georgia, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to increase financial literacy and economic stability of the residents of the Central Savannah River Area through "Financial Literacy for All (FLA)", the first program of its kind for our community.
Edgefield County First Steps
A $15,000.00 grant to provide the fathers of the pre-school children in our county with resources & education such as parenting skills & fatherhood services. This will help them make a positive difference in the lives of their children which in turn will strengthen their relationships with their children & the mothers of their children.
Fairview Life Changing Ministry, Inc.
A $7,000.00 grant to provide a continuum in education, and enhance the opportunity for success with the Georgia CRCT testing.
The Family Y
A $10,357.25 grant to operate SPLASH (Swim Play Learn Aquatics Safety Habits) water safety program for 2,555 second-graders in Richmond County.
Garden City Rescue Mission & Life Development Center
A $15,000.00 grant to assist us in providing shelter, food, and life development skills to meet the ever-changing needs of the homeless population of the CSRA.
Girls on the Run of Aiken County, Inc.
A $10,357.25 grant to fund additional scholarships & help expand the program into Richmond and Columbia counties. Through grant funding, the research-based Girls On The Run Program (GOTR) uses the power of running to help prepare CSRA girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.
Golden Harvest Food Bank
A $10,000.00 grant to fund a part-time social worker at the Master's Table soup kitchen to help the homeless access long-term housing, food, & health assistance.
Hope House, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to provide operational support for the Therapeutic Childcare Center (TCC) which provides supportive services for the children of mothers in long-term treatment.
Imperial Community Theatre, Inc.
A $7,500.00 grant to provide for the on-going need to upgrade and replace stage lighting equipment, increase inventory of certain light fixtures as well as acquire a portion of the required Ellipsoidal light fixtures.
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Augusta
A $10,357.25 grant to provide support program services and needs of the Day Center, the Children's Day Shelter, and eleven Transitional Dwellings.
Junior Achievement of Georgia, Inc. (CSRA District)
A $10,000.00 grant to provide educational programs taught by CSRA business and community leaders to students at the secondary level (middle through high school) that focus on economics, personal financial literacy, workforce development, ethics and the importance of education to future success. High school students interested in business will be provided the additional opportunity to attend "BIZ U", a business immersion camp held in July in collaboration with the James M. Hull College of Business at Augusta State University.
Kids Restart, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to help fund reunification efforts in the form of supervised visitation, parenting classes, & family enrichment activities.
Koinonia Community Development Corporation, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to provide summer employment and opportunity for the youth and adults of the community.
The Lydia Project
A $10,357.25 grant to provide financial assistance for prescription and treatment related expenses to CSRA women fighting cancer and struggling to survive their illness financially.
MEG’s House, Shelter for Abused Women and Children
A $10,000.00 grant to assist in funding the operations of a 24/hour, 7/day a week emergency shelter that serves victims of domestic violence.
The Morris Museum of Art
An $8,765.00 grant to fund the partial subvention of "Combining Voices", a literacy competition & museum tour program for CSRA students in grades 4 through 12.
Old Fella Burke County Animal Rescue, Inc.
A $9,360.00 grant to continue aggressive spay/neuter program, prevent the propagation of communicable disease and reduce the incidents of dog bite injuries in Burke County, which has no animal control or shelter.
Ounce of Prevention Services (OOPS), Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to purchase continuing Juvenile Awareness Programs focusing on juvenile crime, violence prevention, (3) computers w/hardware, (2) 40 inch flat screens with vhs/dvd players, anger management and conflict resolution games & equipment, new video materials, & other equipment, T-shirts, caps for the OOPS Program and provisions for an OOPS Banquet honoring over 100 youth participants, along with guest speakers.
A $15,000.00 grant to support the implementation of a pilot intervention program for African American female adolescents who are risk for academic underachievement.
The RECing Crew, Inc.
A $15,000.00 grant to fund recreational expenses for the Alley Cats Bowling group for teens and adults with disabilities.
SRS Community Reuse Organization
A $10,357.25 grant to prepare low-income young adults for career pathways in the CSRA nuclear industry by providing the opportunity to earn energy industry recognized credentials as part of the Nuclear Workforce Initiative (NWI) Academy Phase II.
Storyland Theatre, Inc.
A $14,000.00 grant to help pay production costs for their 24th season for "Cinderella", "The Princess and The Pea", and "Jack & The Beanstalk" at the Imperial Theatre. It will also enable the theatre to offer discounted/free tickets and to help ensure children can attend our plays on field trips.
United Way 2-1-1
A $10,357.25 grant to expand the Community Voice Mail Program in Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie, and Burke Counties for homeless & at-risk low-income individuals in support of housing and job search.
Waynesboro-Burke Concert Series, Inc.
A $9,158.50 grant to provide cultural enrichment for Burke County and surrounding communities by funding a student outreach and a public performance by jazz trombonist, Wycliffe Gordon, native son of Waynesboro in conjunction with the US Army Signal Corps Band.
When HELP Can’t Wait
A $14,970.00 grant to fund The Gifts That Uplift, a program that will provide personal electronics like portable DVD players, MP3 players, and CD Players and supporting music & movies to residents of nursing homes who suffer from Failure to Thrive Syndrome, Alzheimer's, or dementia.