Community Foundation awards 21 grants to midstate organizations

Staff reportsOctober 5, 2012 

The Community Foundation of Central Georgia announced 21 grant awards to midstate organizations Friday totaling more than $200,000.

The foundation’s board of directors awards community grants to organizations that address the most urgent needs and opportunities in the community as well as those that help improve the quality of life in the midstate, according to a news release. Priority is given to projects that reach a broad segment of the community, address needs that are not met by existing services, are innovative, encourage matching gifts and collaborations, yield substantial benefit for the resources invested, and encourage self-help and/or self-sufficiency for disadvantaged or disabled individuals.

Here’s a look at the grant recipients and what the money will be used for:


• Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia, $6,600: to update kitchen equipment at Polly’s Hospitality Institute, Goodwill’s flagship postsecondary school where local underprivileged individuals are trained in the area of culinary arts.

• Macon State College Foundation: $6,600: to support the Smart Choices 4 Me program that will use role play, simulation and interactive activities to demonstrate that the choices we make can profoundly impact our lives.

• Middle Georgia Technical College Foundation, $12,500: to purchase teaching aids and software for four sites that offer English as a Second Language programming through MGTC’s adult literacy program.

Museum of Arts and Sciences, $6,600: to support Wild Music: Songs and Sounds of Life, an interactive exhibit offering sound experiences from three environments -- under water, forest’s edge and city square.

Community and Economic Development

• Consumer Credit Counseling Services, $12,356: to upgrade technology and equipment to protect sensitive client information and to prevent identity theft.

Historic Macon Foundation, $15,000: to create a new downtown revolving fund to save historic buildings in downtown Macon by creating owner-occupied loft housing units in abandoned, derelict and underutilized spaces.

• NewTown Macon, $6,600: to create a Live Downtown marketing campaign that highlights the advantages of living in downtown Macon.

Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve Initiative, $6,600: to promote the full conservation, recreation and heritage tourism benefits of the Ocmulgee River through improved inter-agency collaboration.

• Rebuilding Macon, $15,000: to support the Emergency Home Repairs Program, which strengthens neighborhoods by providing emergency home repairs to low-income elderly and/or disabled homeowners at no cost to the homeowner.

Robins Defense Alliance of Georgia, $15,000: to prepare for the federal government’s 2015 BRAC review of Robins Air Force Base.

Health and Human Services

• Crisis Line and Safe House of Central Georgia, $15,000: to support the Client Assistance Fund, which will enhance the safety of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and assist them in stabilizing themselves and their family.

• Depaul USA, $13,740: to prepare for Daybreak’s opening day as Macon’s day shelter for the homeless.

• First Choice Primary Care, $6,600: to support school based health by creating a parent advisory group and planning for an on-site center at Ingram Pye Elementary School.

• Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, $7,500: to provide critical eye care to the needy of Georgia, including eye surgeries and annual eye care.

• Loaves and Fishes Ministries of Macon, $6,600: for transitional housing and day life services such as food, clothing, showers, laundry, IDs and prescriptions.

• Macon Rescue Mission, $15,000: to build a multipurpose storage closet at the Dove Center and to finish painting the mission’s building.

• Project Giving, $6,600: to provide support for Middle Georgia families who have a child suffering from a chronic medical illness by providing financial support to meet the family’s needs.

• Rehoboth Life Care Ministries, $15,000: to provide quality oral health care at affordable prices through the Dental Hygiene and Denture Clinic in Houston and Peach counties.

Children, Youth, and Families

• Central Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America, $15,000: to support Scoutreach, which delivers a values-oriented program to youths in economically challenged neighborhoods.

• Conservatory for the Arts, $3,500: to provide enrichment programs in Barnesville for special needs children, foster children and children from low-income families who typically do not have equal access to such programs.

• Renovacion Conyugal, $2,500: to launch the Strengthening Families Program in Bibb County, which targets Latino children ages 10 to 14 and their parents.

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