Groups receive grants

Chris Thelen/Staff
Elizabeth Barnes helped Craig Houghton Elementary School pupils during an after-school program Thursday at the Art Factory in Augusta. The Art Factory received a $10,000 Unrestricted Grant Award.

Christmas came early Thursday for the 2007 Unrestricted Grant Award recipients.


"This is the first grant we have ever received ... so we are really excited about it," said Devon Harris, the executive director of Full Circle Refuge Inc., a faith-based organization that provides services to Georgia youth who are at-risk, incarcerated or in an aftercare program.

They are one of 32 organizations awarded grants totaling $373,000 by The Community Foundation of the Central Savannah River Area at the Enterprise Mill Events Center.

During brief speeches, representatives from the organizations expressed thanks to the foundation and Augusta National Golf Club, a primary supporter of the unrestricted fund, and stated what the grant will accomplish.

Safe Homes of Augusta will use its $15,000 grant to help domestic violence victims learn life skills.

"The typical victim of domestic violence is psychologically and financially dependent on their partner. The grant will be used to provide advocates who will teach and develop life skills programs for victims," said Aimee Hall, the interim executive director.

Full Circle Refuge Inc. will use a $10,000 grant to support its Gang Awareness Prevention Education and Intervention Program.

"We want to educate the community about gangs and alternate, positive choices, by targeting middle school kids and their parents through presentations in schools, churches and special organizations," Mr. Harris said.

The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area was established in 1995 and has since distributed $2,566,453.41 in unrestricted grants to Richmond, Columbia, Burke, McDuffie, Aiken, and Edgefield counties.

Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or


- 100 Black Men of Augusta ($12,000). Assist with the operation and implementation of their Saturday Academy, which includes a mentoring program for youth and parents

- Aiken County Help Line, CSRA Community Voice Mail System Manager ($6,600). Provide phoneless individuals in Edgefield County free voice-mail service through a partnership with social service agencies in Edgefield

- Aiken Families in Transition ($10,000). Expand the operating budget for staffing, counseling and classes so that supervised visitations and exchanges among children and parents remain child focused, safe and stress-free

- Alabaster House, Inc. ($15,000). Purchase two seven-passenger vans to transport clients so they may look for jobs, go on interviews, find housing, and participate in the Life Skills program

- The Art Factory, Inc. ($10,000). Provide fine arts instruction for students at Monte Sano Elementary in building and playing large-scale musical instruments installed at Pendleton King Park to create a Children's Musical Garden

- The Augusta Technical College Foundation ($10,000). Fund toolbox scholarships, which buy textbooks and other professional tools required for a particular area of study, to needy students pursuing a technical education at Augusta Technical College

- The Berry Center ($15,000). Provide a safe and private recreational area equipped for handicapped clients to exercise

- Center for New Beginnings ($10,000). Provide regular and intensive support to families of children with special needs and to provide individual and group counseling services for children with special needs

- Child Enrichment, Inc. ($10,000). Continue providing counseling, advocacy and forensic interview services for sexually abused children

- Christ Community Health Services Augusta, Inc. ($15,000). Purchase an Electronic Medical Record system along with equipment and training to maximize its usefulness so that affordable quality primary health care is provided to the underserved

- Easter Seals East Georgia ($10,000). Provide transitional services to special education students and students with autism in Richmond and Columbia counties

- Free Medical Clinic of Aiken County ($15,000). Resume the Diabetes Treatment and Education Program as a component of the existing mission of providing no-cost health care to needy residents

- Full Circle Refuge, Inc. ($10,000). Support the Gang Awareness Prevention Education and Intervention Program, which educates the public about gangs and provides one-on-one gang prevention and counseling

- Girls Incorporated of the CSRA ($8,000). Provide a program for children in the community to help fight childhood obesity

- Gospel Water Branch Elderly Housing ($10,000). Secure equipment, staff and training for recreational therapy for elderly residents

- Greater Augusta Arts Council ($15,000). Create ticketstage locations, part of a new "one-stop-shopping" project to make it easier for consumers to purchase tickets, hotel and travel accommodations when visiting Augusta

- Historic Augusta, Inc. ($10,000). Pay the salary and benefits of an additional staff person; for computer equipment and software to provide field services for historic property owners in Augusta; for publications needed to provide in-field service delivery and for communication equipment related to providing field services through the program "Partners in the Field"

- The Imperial Community Theatre, Inc. ($10,000). Production of the 2008 Southern Fried Flicks program and for the new arts education initiative, "interact!" which provides interactive performing arts programs targeting middle and high school students in under-served communities through a partnership with Storyland Theatre

- Interfaith Hospitality Network of Augusta, Inc. ($15,000). Operations of the Day Center, the Children's Day Shelter and Transitional Housing Program

- Julie's House, Inc. ($14,400). Provide safe housing through the purchase of a house for women with children who are homeless and/or victims of domestic violence to stay while transitioning

- Kids Restart, Inc. ($15,000). Help fund reunification efforts in the form of supervised visitations, parenting classes and family enrichment activities

- MACH Academy, Inc. ($15,000). Provide scholarship assistance for 50 participants in the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds project, which offers support and encouragement of academics and social and personal growth of disadvantaged and underserved participants

- Medical College of Georgia Foundation ($10,000). Enhance children's mental health services provided by the Healthy Grandparent Program, which helps grandparents make a direct, positive impact on children's development and well-being

- National Science Center, Inc. ($15,000). Support the operation of the Teacher Resource Center at Fort Discovery through purchase of new science and math kits based on new standards, through the publishing of a catalog referencing standards met by kits at the resource center and through training sessions on kits

- New Bethlehem Community Center, Inc. ($15,000). Provide programs for those who cannot reasonably be expected to provide for themselves, to uplift and enhance the skills of those who can provide for themselves and to enrich families so that children will have the opportunity to reach their optimal level of growth

- Public Education Partners ($10,000). Implement a hands-on math/science/technology lab for the 600 students of North Augusta Middle School

- Safe Homes of Augusta ($15,000). Support victims of domestic violence as they transition from victim to survivor through a program designed to help victims develop marketable skills to find employment, resulting in the victim being less likely to return to an abusive situation

- Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center ($10,000). Provide financial assistance and cost deferment associated with "Project YES", a program for underprivileged youth

- Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy ($10,000). Program development and monitoring tools for the after-school science programs, which allow students to learn about watersheds, creeks and streams, ponds, swamps and upland habitats

- Storyland Theatre ($7,000). Help pay production costs of an original play, The Enchanted Well, or an original musical, The Princess and the Pea

- University Health Care Foundation ($10,000). Provide speech/language sessions for 20 to 40 children who have chronic conditions such as autism spectrum disorder and who would be denied therapy or would receive very limited therapy through Medicaid

- Walton Options for Independent Living, Inc. ($10,000). Create a program that provides employment training and opportunity to persons with disabilities through recycling and reusing durable medical equipment and provides people with disabilities the opportunity to obtain clean and refurbished medical equipment