The Community Foundation for the CSRA on Friday awarded $450,000 in grants to 38 local agencies.
The foundation, whose Unrestricted Grant Fund is funded primarily by the Masters Tournament, has given to nonprofits since 1996.
This year, the recipients included the Aiken Music Festival and The Lydia Project.
Christ Community Health Services Augusta received $10,357 to provide both of its clinics with cardiac testing and monitoring equipment.
Ron Skenes, the communications and development director for Christ Community, said the clinics are under-equipped. The majority of its patients are uninsured. Without the equipment at the clinic, patients have to pay to rent expensive equipment if a physician is concerned about a possible heart condition.
“Often, our patients don’t have that kind of money,” Skenes said. “This is a huge potential burden off the patient.”
Keith Pope, the executive director for Garden City Rescue Mission, said the bad economy has increased demand for its services while decreasing the money available to provide those services. The Community Foundation grant, he said, came at the perfect time.
“With the current economy, we have middle class families now that are needing help. They aren’t street smart, and they’re crying out,” he said. “This money will directly affect those lives, every night.”
Garden City Rescue Mission received $15,000 to assist in serving Augusta’s homeless population.
Abram Serotta, the chairman of the Community Foundation board, said the amount awarded has continued to grow each year.
“Since we started, our numbers have never had to decrease,” he said. “We’re very proud that the amount of money has continued to grow and that the number of people we can help has increased as well.”
The grant applications were reviewed by 19 community volunteer panels consisting of 123 area leaders. These panels visited the applying agencies, reviewed applications and made recommendations as to which agencies should receive money.