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2017 Grant Awards Press Conference

12/09/2016

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR THE CSRA

                                                                                     Augusta, GA, December 9, 2016——

On November 30, 2016, the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) approved the awarding of 48 grants totaling $611,285 to 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.

This year’s process included a total of 18 panels of volunteers involving 111 dedicated individuals who reviewed applications, conducted site visits and brought recommendations to the Grants Committee of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  The Community Foundation, in addition to the December 9th unrestricted grant recipients, is pleased to have awarded numerous grants to non-profits in 2016.  Between January 1 and November 15 of 2016, the Foundation has awarded 524 grants amounting to $8,918,910, bringing the Foundation’s total amount granted to worthy organizations in the CSRA to $79,060,763 since its founding in 1996.  

 

The 2017 Unrestricted Fund Grant Award Recipients are as follows:

 

Action Ministries, Inc.

Funds will support the provision of stable housing to homeless families in the greater Augusta region:   All clients receive long-term case management, including healthcare, mental health services, addiction and financial management counseling. $15,000

 

Aiken Augusta Swim League

The Aquatic Center on Damascus Road is home to the Aiken Augusta Swim League.  This venue hosts a wide variety of local, state and regional swim meets.  The score board and timing system is in need of replacement, without which the sport of swimming in the CSRA would be severely adversely impacted. $15,000

 

Aiken Center for the Arts

Aiken Center for the Arts would like to fund and integrate the proposed "Joy in the Journey"  program for Alzheimer's/Dementia patients utilizing a mneme (activity based) therapist who uses a combination of everyday pleasures such as singing, painting, storytelling, and praise to stimulate change in the brain and provide a rewarding experience for the client.  $15,000

 

Aiken Music Festival DBA Joye in Aiken

In 1996, Pulitzer Prize winners Steve Naifeh and Greg Smith bequeathed their Aiken home, Joye Cottage, to The Juilliard School as a retreat for future generations of Juilliard students, faculty, and alumni.  The Joye in Aiken Outreach Program brings the school's world-class artists to the CSRA each year to teach and mentor students, with a special focus on those in disadvantaged circumstances. $9750.00

 

Augusta Museum of History

The Photography Collections Internship Program at the Augusta Museum History provides challenging, educational experiences designed for undergraduate and graduate students.  Working alongside staff members in a tutorial arrangement, interns will be introduced to the best museum practices, archival administration, collection care and management, and historical scholarship. $14,250

 

Augusta Players

Camp Wonderland is a summer arts camp tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of children, ages 8-14, with autism spectrum disorder.  The program will be led by a team of artists, administrators, and special education teachers dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment for children affected by autism.  The camp will offer an enriching theatre experience that encourages self-expression, social engagement, creative exploration, and above all, fun!  $15,000

 

Augusta Rescue Mission

Since 1965, the Augusta Rescue Mission has maintained a tireless commitment to breaking the cycle of homelessness.  Striving to create a safe and healing environment for homeless men, Augusta Rescue Mission provides resources and support beyond shelter and food.  Grant funding will help to replace a 2001 Ford Passenger Van in need of major repairs in order to provide reliable transportation to jobs and appointments. $10,000

 

Augusta University College of Education Center of Innovation and Community Engagement

The Augusta University College of Education Center of Innovation and Community Engagement is devoted to wellness through the Art Play Studio initiative.  Art Play Studio is an educational art program dedicated to children and adults facing hospital stays and medical procedures at the Augusta University Health Medical Centers. The purpose of Art Play Studio at Augusta University is to provide patients with no cost opportunities to engage in the creative process with various art media while promoting wellness and healing. $14,450

 

Augusta University Foundation, Inc.

Augusta University Foundation, Inc. provides free tutoring services to children from grades 1-12.  In addition, they encourage pre-K, K, and preschool children to attend our literacy plays and tutor adults seeking to earn their GED or improve their literacy skills. $15,000

 

Augusta Urban Ministries

The Augusta Urban Ministries Furniture Bank is the only free furniture bank in Georgia outside of Atlanta.  In order for homeless families to successfully transition from homelessness into stable, self-sustaining housing, they need affordable furniture and appliances to make their homes suitable places to live.  $15,000

 

Augusta Warrior Project (AWP)

AWP plans to lead a veteran-focused employment initiative that will affect real and significant change for Warriors in the Augusta- Richmond County area. AWP is committed to tearing down employment barriers for Veterans with disabilities, the unemployed and the underemployed, non-traditional job seekers, military families, the homeless, and ex-offenders.  $15,000

 

Augusta/CSRA Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

Augusta/CSRA Habitat for Humanity, Inc. builds strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.   Homes are built alongside the partner family (future home owner) that helps build their own home and their neighbor’s home.  Partner families also have a mentor coach and attend financial and home ownership classes preparing for home ownership.  $15,000

 

Berry Fleming Book Festival

The Berry Fleming Book Fair is an annual weekend book fair that is free and open to the public, and will take place the fourth week in September each year. It will feature 50 or more authors in varied genres for readings and panel discussions.  $15,000

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA, Inc.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA requests consideration of a grant to help fund Great Futures Academy (GFA), a comprehensive youth development program aimed at helping kids prepare for graduation and develop a plan for their future. GFA is being delivered at all Club sites, and last year included the Alternative School.  $15,000

Christian Learning Centers for Augusta

Christian Learning Centers of Augusta (CLCA) was formed for the sole purpose of bringing the Released Time Bible Education Program (RT) to the CSRA.  Christian Learning Centers of Augusta (CLCA) provides off campus (nondenominational) biblical education for public school students. Biblical instruction allows the children an opportunity to apply moral principals in the many choices they must face in their lives, families and communities. $9,750.00

 

Center for New Beginnings

The Center for New Beginnings’ Direct Children Service Program seeks to address the major concerns for special needs families such as the enormous time devoted to traveling to and from therapies and feeling isolated from the community. We house on-site therapy (counseling, occupational, speech and physical therapies, specialized academic tutoring and behavior modification therapy) by CFNB staff and outside qualified staff. $15,000

 

Central Savannah River Land Trust, Inc.

The Greystone Preserve’s undulating hills, oak-hickory forests, tranquil creeks, granite outcroppings, and endangered wildflowers are breathtakingly beautiful.  Next year, this Land Trust preserve in North Augusta will provide the CSRA with a wide variety of free and low-cost opportunities to learn from and connect with this stunning natural landscape, including children’s and adult outdoor education; guided hikes; nature demonstrations; athletics training; competitive trail races; archery, orienteering, and boy-and-girl-scout activities; organic gardens; art classes; and more. $15,000

 

Family Connection of Columbia County Inc.

We are seeking funding to support our Food4Kids Program and Homeless Coalition. The coalition is a group of community partners joining together to collaborate on the hunger and homeless needs in our community.  The Food4Kids Program coordinates hundreds of food bags for Columbia County children each week during the school year and continues with weekly food bags during the summer, totaling over 24,000 bags delivered in FY2016. $12,000

 

Family Promise of Augusta

Family Promise of Augusta is a 24/7 program that operates 365 days a year. The families are able to stay in our program for up to 90 days. At our Day Shelter, the adults work individually with our case manager.  We also provide a cost-free daycare for families within our shelter, and other partnering agencies. $15,000

 

Friendship Community Improvement Corporation

The FCIC Home Rehabilitation Program will increase our ability to assist homeowners with low to moderate incomes with making corrections to home structural problems, decreasing the hardships experienced by these families and will make maintaining home ownership easier.  $15,000

 

GAP Ministries of Augusta, Inc.

Our Thursday program will provide assistance to obtain an authenticated copy of a birth certificate which is required to obtain a photo ID.  We will provide counseling, transportation, assistance with paperwork and payment for the photo ID cards.  Prescription/medical supply is another component of our Thursday program.  $15,000

 

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art

Funding will enable GHIA to continue its free art education outreach programs, ArtVentures and Artist-in-Residence, to Richmond County elementary schools. GHIA will continue to partner with the Family Y and Boys and Girls Club to offer the afterschool ArtVentures program to ten or more Richmond County elementary schools in low-income areas. $12,000

 

Golden Harvest Food Bank, Inc.

Golden Harvest Food Bank feeds hungry senior adults through the Senior Food Box Program. This program provides monthly boxes of supplemental groceries to seniors who live in deep poverty and face hard choices like whether to buy medicine, pay their utilities, or purchase food. Funding from the Community Foundation will pay for seniors to be enrolled in the program, helping to fulfill their monthly nutritional needs, stretch their budgets, and preserve their independence. $14,400

 

Harrisburg Family Health Care Inc.

Underinsured patients are seen Tuesday through Friday all day by our Harrisburg Family Health Care Inc.’s physician assistant / medical director or any of several physicians, retired and active, who volunteer their time.  Patients are charged the very nominal fee of $30 per office visit; the clinic also accepts both Medicaid and Medicare.  Patients needing a specialist are referred to Project Access, a physician health care assistance program.  $15,000

 

Hitchcock Healthcare

Hitchcock Healthcare’s awarded grant will fund two programs; the Children's Therapy Department and a Charitable Care Therapy program for adults. Funds will go towards the purchase and repair of equipment for is pediatric department and to fund a weekly clinic for our adult patients that truly need therapy, but can't afford their sessions. $10,000

 

Hope for Augusta/First Presbyterian Church

College for Kids (CFK) is an educational day camp that will serve up to 84 students grades preK through 5 for four weeks in June. Students will be taught by qualified teachers in their graded classrooms the subjects of math, language arts, and Bible.  Students receive lunch and have recess each day.  $15,000

 

Icebox Ministries Incorporated

The PUSH (Preserving the Urban Seasonal Harvest) program will enable individuals to stock tomorrow’s pantries with today’s healthy, local food choices.  Icebox will provide training, equipment, and storage space.  Components:   1) Community Freezer Space 2) The League of Urban Canners 3) Shared Dehydrating and Freeze-drying Equipment 4) Culinary Reference Library$15,000

Jenkins Community Enrichment Center, Inc.

The Jenkins Community Enrichment Center, Inc. was formed in January, 2010 after observing needs for certain programs in the South Augusta area.  With this grant, the Jenkins Community Enrichment Center will continue to add computers with up-to-date hardware and software which will assist the computer literacy for the before and after school and summer Programs.  $9,750.00

 

Jessye Norman School of the Arts, Inc.

The Jessye Norman School of the Arts, Inc. was founded in 2003 as a program of the Rachel Longstreet Foundation, a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization established in 2001.  JNSA will construct and equip a homemade recording studio adjacent to our music classroom, which will allow us to provide new opportunities for current students and bring in new students who are not otherwise eligible for our program.  $9,750.00

 

Kids Restart, Inc.

With this grant, Kids Restart, Inc. will provide visitation services, transportation and parenting classes to children in foster care and their biological family.  The funding will allow for the expansion of services to more families.  $15,000

 

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia

Make-A-Wish Georgia was founded in 1995 to grant wishes to Georgia children exclusively. To date, the Georgia chapter has granted nearly 7,000 local children’s wishes.  Presently, there are 17 children in Richmond County waiting to receive a wish and 10 of these have shared their heartfelt wish. $3,250.00

 

McGrath Computer Learning Center, Inc.

McGrath Computer Learning Center began in 1999 as an accredited chapter of SeniorNet, an international organization dedicated to teaching computer skills to adults over 50.  The mission of the McGrath Computer Learning Center is to teach adults by assisting them with hands on learning in the use of computers, tablets and smart phones. $9,100.00

 

Megiddo Dream Station

The Megiddo Dream Station plans to open a thrift store in Graniteville, South Carolina.  In addition to providing clothing and discount products to the community, the thrift store will be an integral part of our Retail and Customer Serving Training Programs.  Students will experience hands-on training opportunities dealing with customer service, inventory, marketing, displays, cashier duties, set-up, closing, cleaning and management$15,000

 

Mt. Zion Community Outreach, Inc.

Project Success is an evidenced-based educational/vocational training program that offers employment opportunity and soft skills training to returning citizens for sustained employment.  This module is designed for those returning to our communities from prison or those with extensive criminal histories.  The flexibility of our curricula meets the needs of our participants as they begin, what we hope to be, a smooth transition back to society.  $15,000

 

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center

The Center, in cooperation with the Aiken County Public School District, operates a successful GED Program.  However, as the Center’s numbers have increased since recent technology purchases, additional computers are needed to assist our students as they progress through the instructional program, prepare for the GED test and take the test.  This funding will facilitate the purchase, installation and maintenance of 10 computers, a printer and needed supplies not provided by the school district. $15,000

Public Education Partners

Public Education Partners (PEP) was founded as an independent, community based, non-profit organization in 1995 by a group of business and community leaders who recognized that Aiken County’s collective future was determined by the strength of its public schools.  PEP wants to expand BFT through a series of video clips by demonstrating ways parents can help their baby develop early literacy skills. Parents will access these videos on any mobile device, as well as on a mobile website.  $9,750.00

 

ReStart Augusta, Inc.

ReStart Augusta furnishes the foundation for a good start to the day and a healthy life by providing beds and bedding for our neighbors in the Augusta area who do not have a bed and lack the funds to buy one. With a bed comes a sense of comfort, rest, and peace. $7,500

 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta is the only agency who provides housing for pediatric patients who come to the Central Savannah River Area.  The Ronald McDonald House provides a place to stay, meals, and necessities that people have at their home.  With this grant, the purchase of suppressed immune toys that meet hospital guidelines, a new commercial washer and dryer, and to assist the costs of bringing on a security staff to provide safety during the evening hours, which will make a last impact.  $9750.00

 

Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans of America

The organization’s adaptive Spinal Cord Injury/Dysfunction (SCI/D) camp provides a variety of adaptive sports for SCI/D Veterans and their families to participate in, as it has been proven that sports have therapeutic benefits on physical, mental and social well-being. $5,000

 

Storyland Theatre, Inc.

Storyland Theatre will present three musicals: 13 performances each (12 school shows + Saturday Family Matinee) to expose children to live theatre, regardless of their ability to pay. Teachers receive Georgia Standards of Excellence/SC Standards and Storyland Lesson Plan Ideas to justify field trips and do literacy/theatre in class before/after attending. Students hear ‘Theatre Etiquette Speech’ before shows (45 minutes with 5-9 adult actors).  ‘Cinderella’, 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and ‘Sleeping Beauty’ are our original musical versions of these fairytales. $14,000

 

Summerhill Community Resource Center, Inc.

The Summerhill Community Resource Center Inc. was established to provide educational programs to increase academic performance for the community’s youth and to enrich and support the lives of families and senior citizens that live in the community.  $9,100.00

 

The Hale Foundation, Inc.

The Hale Foundation’s mission is to serve men suffering from substance abuse regardless of age, race, religion, ethnicity, and national origin.  We offer a post-detox intense Phase I Program designed to educate each resident of the disease of addiction. It includes group counseling sessions as well as one on one sessions. $9,750.00

 

The Jo-Nathan Foundation

The Jo-Nathan Foundation will receive funding for the "Be The Change" Leadership Camp for youth ages 12-16. This camp focuses on providing youth the opportunity to create a vision that will allow them to return to their communities with the intent of creating positive change. 60 Youth from the CSRA spend four days at Camp Long in Aiken, South Carolina where they enjoy a very energetic, positive, and challenging atmosphere.  $13,485

The Lydia Project

Women and girls diagnosed with any type cancer receive financial and supportive services from The Lydia Project.  This program will provide more women and teenage girls greater access to healthcare through Lydia's free lodging services.  $9,750.00

 

Tuttle Newton Home

When a child has a clear need for a program or service, Tuttle Newton Home helps access that resource to meet that child's need.  Services include educational placements when public school fails to meet a child's academic needs; residential placements when a child needs an alternative place to live; child care to facilitate a parent's return to school or work.  The grant will also support the organization’s work to assist with registration for summer camp and enrichment programs. $15,000

 

University of South Carolina Aiken

Following the success of the SimBaby, the addition of a SimJunior manikin would add an important dimension to the USC Aiken simulation program.  A simulated child (ages 5-10) would allow nursing students to access an age group that experiences unique illnesses and accidents like blunt force trauma (from playground accidents). That age group is also at increased risk for conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, appendicitis, and certain forms of cancer.  $15,000

 

Westobou Festival, Inc.

Entering its 9th year, Westobou has grown into a leading multi-arts organization that enhances the cultural fabric, economic sustainability, and social vitality of the Savannah River Region.  The Gallery highlights the depth and breadth of pre-emergent to midcareer contemporary artists. Featured talent demonstrates a unique vision and aptitude for innovation.  $9,750.00

 

Young People in Recovery

YPR-Augusta, GA will dedicate grant funding its workshop series that provides the public with information about education, housing and employment for young people in recovery seeking to access resources in their local communities. $15,000

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