2015 Community Impact Grants

Community Foundation of West Georgia Issues
$358,600 to 34 Local Nonprofit Organizations

A total of 34 nonprofit organizations in Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties received $358,600 today from the Community Foundation of West Georgia’s Community Impact Fund.
“The Community Foundation of West Georgia takes pride in helping make good things happen, but completing our story takes all of us—generous donors, caring communities and hard-working nonprofits. Congratulations to our 2015 Community Impact Grant recipients. We appreciate their innovation, determination, and dedication in everything they do!” said Kim Jones, president of the Foundation.

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“This year’s grants mean students will be encouraged to stay in school, families in need will find financial help and guidance, children with speech and hearing issues will receive help, teens will learn how to apply for college, scholarships and jobs, the hungry will be fed, the homeless will have housing, Alzheimer’s families will have respite care support, people who need health care will have access to it, Ferst will provide books to children, the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center will have new theater lighting and sound systems, the new Temple library will have more books, litter and waste will be reduced,” she said.
Since the first grants were issued from the Community Impact Fund in 2004, a total of $3,380,656 has been distributed to local organizations, supporting human services, arts and culture, environmental, economic development, education, medical and hospice programs. Funds were distributed through a competitive grant process as six panels of 45 local citizens considered requests, assisted the Foundation in the review and analysis of the applications and made recommendations to the Foundation Board of Directors.  Local nonprofit organizations, faith-based and government agencies are eligible to apply for grants.  This year requests for a total of $611,000 were received from 63 organizations.
The Community Impact Fund offers donors a unique opportunity to make a difference in their community no matter how much they can give.“By making any size donation to the Community Impact Fund you can benefit our community for good, forever because every cent is invested so that it can multiply and impact our community for years to come,” said Jones.  “When people give they can be confident that the Foundation is a good steward of their donations, and they can see the difference their donations are making.”

For more information about making donations to the Community Impact Fund or to apply for a grant, contact Kim Jones at 770-832-1462 or kim@cfwg.net

 

2015 Grant Recipients

Arts & Culture

  • Carrollton Artist Guild: Meccafest Fine Arts Festival
  • Carroll County Boys and Girls Club: Teen Poetry Slam program
  • Carroll County Genealogical Society: obituary indexing project
  • Carrollton City Schools: Good Game, Y’all (books)

Economic Development

  • Bowdon Area United Christian Ministries : community sustenance
  • Carrollton Cultural Arts Center: new theatre lighting and sound upgrade
  • Recovery and Restoration  Ministries: transitional living home furnishings
  • Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum: graduate intern

 

Education

  • Bay Springs Middle School Band: opportunities for students in music education
  • Carroll County Community Action Team: Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy
  • Communities in Schools of Carrollton and Carroll County: services for at-risk students
  • Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy for Haralson County: books
  • Heard County Community Partnership, Inc.: Heard Education Rewards of Excellence
  • Carroll County Child Advocacy Center, Inc.: Darkness to Light Stewards of Children training
  • Zion High School: Eagle Block educating students on how to apply for college, scholarships and jobs
  • West Georgia Regional Library: children’s books for Temple’s new Ruth Holder Public Library
  • Chattahoochee Riverkeeper: West Point Lake floating classroom

Environmental Improvement

  • Bowdon Main Street: Heritage Park project
  • Keep Carroll Beautiful, Inc.: litter education and prevention program
  • Scrap Bin: operating expenses
  • West Georgia Chapter of Georgia Native Plant Society: Enhancing Buffalo Creek Trail and community environmental education

Human Services

  • Alzheimer’s Group of Carroll County: respite care support
  • Carroll County Juvenile Court: Teen Empowerment program
  • Carroll County Sav-A-Life Center, Inc.: technology upgrade
  • Impact International, Inc.: 415 HOPE Center
  • Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church: Manna House food pantry
  • St. Margaret Community Outreach: general assistance
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society: emergency aid
  • University of West Georgia: Community Clinic, Haralson County
  • Win Win Equine Services and Therapy, Inc.: saddles and equipment

 

Medical & Hospice

  • Hope for the Journey, Inc.: breast cancer patient and survivor support
  • Positive Response, Inc.: HIV and hepatitis C awareness and testing program
  • Rapha Clinic of West Georgia, Inc.: patient healthcare services

 

Proactive

  • Carroll County Educational Collaborative: a program to provide access to higher education for area high school students
  • Circles of West Georgia: an innovative, community-driven wat to effect poverty.