Community Foundation announces grants for 40 area organizations



A passenger van, a job skills coach, scholarship money and arts programming were among the gifts funded by community grants awarded Friday.

Forty nonprofit organizations and area service agencies received a share of $475,000 from the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area. The foundation, whose Unrestricted Grant Fund is primarily funded by the Masters Tournament, has given to nonprofit groups since 1996.

This year, the recipients included Child Enrichment Inc., Broad Street Ministry, Friendship Community Center and Julie’s House Inc.

Compass Youth Mentoring, a group that works with east Augusta elementary and middle school pupils filtering into Laney High School, received a $10,460 grant to purchase a passenger van.

The van will haul children from the program’s current meeting place at River Glen Apartments to May Park Community Center, program director John Williams said.

The grant applications were reviewed by 20 volunteer panels consisting of 140 area leaders.

They visited the agencies, reviewed applications and made recommendations from the 122 grant proposals.

Lee Smith, the president and CEO of the Community Foundation, said the grant recipients represent small and large nonprofits. Some grant winners were lesser-known organizations that fill a substantial community need.

“We are looking for pressing and changing needs throughout the community,” Smith said. “Our panels do such a magnificent job on their site visits determining who, this year, will give the most impact to this community.”

Hope House, a residential treatment facility for women who suffer from substance abuse and mental health disorders, will use a $10,460 grant to hire and train a job-skills coach.

“This person will work directly with our case manager and directly with employers in the community,” said Karen Saltzman, the executive director of Hope House.

A $9,295 grant was awarded to When Help Can’t Wait, a volunteer organization that donates toiletries, clothing, hearing aids and other items to nursing home residents on Medicare or Medicaid and without family.

“We act as a surrogate family, and we take them all those simple, convenient things that you and I take for granted,” said Helen McVicker, the group’s president.

With the grant, When Help Can’t Wait will expand its thrift store, where it sells items to generate revenue to purchase items for nursing home residents.



Aiken Boxing Club

A $15,000 grant to promote school attendance, to maintain academic success and to reduce disciplinary measures while at school through the Police Athletic League, a youth mentoring program.


Aiken-Augusta Swim League

A $5,000 grant to the inaugural Fred Lamback Disability Swim Meet. The league hopes to make it an annual event attracting disabled athletes from Georgia and elsewhere in the Southeast.


AMAN Institute Inc.

A $14,400 grant to provide 48 need- and commitment-based partial scholarships of $300 each to people applying to one of the following AMANII programs: nurse aide training program, phlebotomy and EKG.


Augusta Judicial Circuit Drug Court

A $10,460 grant for costs related to substance abuse treatment, drug testing and special-needs treatment.


Augusta Museum of History

A $12,480 grant to create the first museum internship program for undergraduate and graduate students. Working alongside staff members in a tutorial arrangement, interns will gain valuable skills and training in museum best practice, archival administration, collection care and management, and historical scholarship.


Augusta Pride Inc.

A $10,460 grant to enable hiring premier level entertainment to perform at the Augusta Pride festival in 2013 in order to increase attendance and draw more people to the health education and testing opportunities provided at the festival while maximizing economic impact to the city.


Augusta State University Foundation (ASU Literacy Center)

A $13,004 grant to develop and reinforce reading and mathematics skills for struggling students.


The Augusta Technical College Foundation

A $10,460 grant to provide funding in the form of Toolbox Scholarships for up to 50 students with the purchase of the tools of their trade, to include books, tools and uniforms.


Augusta Warrior Project

A $15,000 grant for the expansion of services to veterans in the rural counties of Aiken, Burke, Edgefield and McDuffie. Services include advocacy and assistance in such critical life areas as housing, education, employment and benefits.


Boys and Girls Clubs of the CSRA

A $10,460 grant to facilitate the purchase of kitchen equipment at the Thomson club to support and expand existing programs, to teach healthy eating habits and culinary skills and to combat obesity.


Broad Street Ministry

A $15,000 grant to assist recently unemployed adults, low-income working families with children, some senior citizens, college students and the disabled poor by supplying food for preparation at home; expand the current adult literacy program by certifying more tutors; and give clients new Bibles.


Center for New Beginnings

A $15,000 grant to provide counseling, “shadowing” services, respite care, tutoring and behavioral instruction to children and adolescents with special needs, their families and care providers.


Child Enrichment Inc.

A $15,000 grant to continue to provide counseling, advocacy, and forensic interview services for sexually abused and severely physically abused children.


Compass Youth Mentoring

A $10,460 grant to procure transportation and enhance the existing program by adding the capability of providing transportation to and from community events, outreach projects and the mentoring program itself.


Coordinated Health Services Inc.

A $10,460 grant to purchase vital medication for homeless clients in need.


Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries

A $10,460 grant to continue providing food without drastic reductions in the quantity of people served, quantity of food distributed or variety of food distributed to the needy.


Fireside Ministries & Industries Inc.

A $15,000 grant to expand a community gardens project. Fireside’s mission is to help at-risk families/individuals, including unemployed and homeless men, children from low-income families, single mothers, and custodial grandparents who struggle financially. The gardens promote collaboration, recreation and revenue for the community.


Friendship Community Center

A $9,464 grant to provide for the setup of a designated classroom, needed resource materials and funding for its Successful Time Application Management Program for men and women with mental and emotional disorders.


GAP Ministries of Augusta Inc.

A $15,000 grant to Thursday Ministries, which strives to help people overcome obstacles that keep them from living independently. GAP’s Thursday Ministries include a birth certificate retrieval program, a photo ID program, a Social Security card procurement program, a prescription/medical supply program and a food pantry.


Georgia Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

A $10,460 grant to equip 32 disabled students enrolled in Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie and Burke counties’ high school high-tech programs with laptops.


Georgia Health Sciences Foundation for Georgia Health Sciences Dept. of Respiratory Therapy

A $15,000 grant to provide partial funding for the 2013 Augusta Area Asthma Camp, which will educate children and their parents about asthma. Through the camp children learn the steps necessary to better manage their asthma and avoid a life-threatening attack.


Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art

A $10,460 grant to enable the expansion of the free art education outreach programs, ArtVentures and Artist-in-Residence, to elementary schools previously served by the now dissolved Art Factory. The grant would enable the institute to provide weekly art instruction to behaviorally challenged students at four Richmond County schools. The expanded programs will reach an additional 2,700 children.


Girls on the Run

A $14,500 grant to fund additional scholarships, volunteer recruitment and training to help expand the program into Burke and McDuffie counties. The research-based program uses the power of running to help prepare the young girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.


Good Hope Social Services Inc.

A $10,460 grant to expand the learning center, which serves at-risk students in east Augusta and the surrounding community, for the group’s after-school and summer enrichment program. The grant will help provide job shadowing, peer, mentoring, career exposure, college preparedness, tutorials and summer camp for more than 200 at-risk students.


Greater Augusta Arts Council

A $15,000 grant to present 14 Stations, the photographic work of David Michalek, as a catalyst for awareness and social change through art regarding the plight of the homeless population of Augusta.


Greater Augusta Fellowship of Christian Athletes

A $10,460 grant to fund attendance by about 40 student athletes and/or coaches at FCA summer leadership camps.


The Hale Foundation Inc.

A $15,000 grant for supportive housing and education for men suffering from addiction in an effort to produce stable behavioral change in participants.


Hope House Inc.

A $10,460 grant for the hiring and training of a staff member to work directly with the residents as a job coach.


Iota Lambda Zeta Charity Fund

A $2,500 grant for educating lower-income pregnant women in adequate medical care and social services to promote healthy births.


Isaiah “Ike” and Justine Washington Scholarship Foundation Inc.

A $15,000 grant to support a project that provides positive role models and successful black images to young, poorly educated black males; improves academic achievement and good study habits; promotes good character and cultural development; and develops strong integrity and worthwhile talents.


Julie’s House Inc.

A $12,000 grant for the continued provision of a shelter and other necessities to homeless women and their children, giving them the opportunity to further their education, acquire job skills and seek employment so they can become independent and self-sufficient.


Learn English for Living Foundation

A $10,000 grant to expand existing programs and develop additional English for Speakers of Other Languages classes, homework tutoring and U.S. citizenship classes.


New Bethlehem Community Center Inc.

A $10,460 grant to provide educational services for youth enabling them to make better grades and have greater self-worth; to provide congregant meal services for senior citizens; and to continue the cultivation of a community garden promoting healthy eating habits among low-income families.


Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center Evening GED Program

A $10,460 grant to cover expenses associated with providing educational opportunities to those 17 and older preparing for the GED test and the official GED test.


Rachel Longstreet Foundation Inc. (Jessye Norman School of Arts)

A $10,460 grant for the purchase of computers, maintenance/tech support and software in the launch of an arts and technology program targeting disadvantaged high school students who have limited technology skills.


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta Inc.

A $15,000 grant to continue to provide housing and a “just-like” home like atmosphere for pediatric patients’ families and enable them to be present during the healing process of their children without the worry, stress and cost. The Augusta Ronald McDonald House served 478 families in 2011.


S.C. Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Foundation Inc.

A $10,000 grant to provide support to the school to launch its Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Among Middle Schoolers camp in Aiken County in summer 2013.


Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center

A $15,000 grant for a girls club addressing issues identified as primary concerns for girls: overall personal safety, pressure to have sex, cyber bullying and being forced/coerced to become involved in illegal activities.


Walton Foundation for Independence Inc.

A $10,460 grant for needed refurbishment to the accessible living facility, Harrison Heights, including new paint on walls and trim, wood rot repair and replacement of some existing doors and cabinets.


When Help Can’t Wait

A $9,295 grant to provide needed infrastructure to support the Mall in the Hall Boutique, which will allow the organization to sell donated items that are inappropriate for nursing home residents, resulting in revenue that will be used to purchase useful items for nursing home residents served by the organization.