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Peyton Anderson Foundation awards $4 million to 11 Macon organizations

In March, workmen were tying rebar on a tower that will support a walkway over Mercer University Drive and pouring concrete for its foundation. The walkway connects a mixed-use development with the Mercer University campus.
In March, workmen were tying rebar on a tower that will support a walkway over Mercer University Drive and pouring concrete for its foundation. The walkway connects a mixed-use development with the Mercer University campus. bcabell@macon.com

The Peyton Anderson Foundation will award $3 million to help Mercer University build its new undergraduate science center and $1 million to help 10 local organizations with other projects, according to a news release Monday from the foundation.

The foundation accepts grant applications year-round from non-profit organizations whose funding falls short in the areas of education, health, nature, arts and culture and civic and economic development. Recipients are announced twice each year.

Mercer University’s new undergraduate science building will accommodate the growing demand for collaborative research, the release said.

The following organizations also are slated to receive grants to help complete individual projects:

▪  OneMacon! would get $100,000 to develop a strategic economic development plan involving a committee of more than 40 partner organizations. The Community Foundation of Central Georgia will administer the funding.

▪  The Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition, an all-volunteer organization, was awarded $5,000 to continue its support meetings, increase awareness and provide free screenings in 2017 to low-income residents.

▪  Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia was granted $145,750 to make necessary repairs and upgrades to its Camp Martha Johnston in Lizella. The camp annually hosts more than 500 girls plus volunteers and staff.

▪  Historic Macon Foundation was awarded $250,080 to match an anonymous donor’s pledge to move its headquarters from the Sidney Lanier Cottage to 338 Poplar St.

▪  Leadership Macon is to receive $25,000 to help carry out the 2016 class project of connecting Amerson River Park with Riverside Cemetery, an undertaking that’s estimated to cost $95,000.

▪  Macon Arts Alliance would get $119,297 to revitalize the Mill Hill Community Arts Center, outfitting the interior with amenities needed for community collaboration and revenue-generating activities.

▪  Macon Outreach at Mulberry would use $15,000 to help maintain its food program. The outreach prepares 55,000 hot meals annually for homeless and working-poor people of Macon.

▪  Middle Georgia Community Food Bank would get $304,366 to help expand its cold storage space. The new cooler will be 2,837 square feet with a 2,916-square-foot freezer.

▪  United Way of Central Georgia is to receive $180,000 to continue its Read2Succeed tutoring initiative and the AARP Experience Corps tutoring in seven Bibb County schools.

▪  Georgia Historical Society, based in Savannah, would use $15,000 to launch a pilot program in Bibb County schools called “Live from the Archives: Georgia in the American Revolution.” The program is a series of educational programs designed for students, teachers and the general public. It will focus on the American Revolutionary War era and include virtual field trips for eighth-graders.

The latest round of recipients brings the Peyton Anderson Foundation’s investment to $90 million in place-based grant funding.

Anderson, who sold The Macon Telegraph and The Macon News to Knight Newspapers Inc., in 1969, established the foundation that bears his name, and it has been the philanthropic force behind many initiatives.

Laura Corley: 478-744-4334, @Lauraecor

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