Grant permits group to assess the needs of service agencies

The Augusta Partnership for Children Inc. has received a $440,768 grant to help local organizations help others.


The Compassion Capital Fund Demonstration Program grant is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Community Services Administration of Children and Families. The partnership was one of 35 recipients nationwide.

"We applied for it because, one, it would give us an opportunity to work with organizations that need support to do a better job within their own organization," said Robetta McKenzie, the executive director. "So with this grant we can look at what's happening in the area of leadership, programming, their organizational development and in how they engage or work with the community."

The organization will distribute $193,500 to organizations that provide services to those who have lost jobs, those who need help with credit counseling, the homeless and those who work with at-risk children or the elderly.

The organizations must provide the services in the 30901 and the 30904 ZIP codes, she said.

Organizations must submit a request by 5 p.m. Jan. 25 to be considered for funding.

Selected organizations can receive $7,500 to $25,000 in funds, Dr. McKenzie said.

A portion of the grant also will be used to provide training and technical assistance for the staffs of the selected organizations. Consultants will also be brought in to help the organizations run their operations better, she said.

"We believe that if we work with them, then they'll be able to do a better job of providing services to these group of people in these ZIP codes," she said.

The consultants will also work with the organizations on how to continue to operate efficiently once the grant funding ends in September, she added.

Working with community organizations will also help the Augusta Partnership for Children, Dr. McKenzie said.

"It helps us to get a better feel for what we need to do," she said. "It gives us an opportunity to know what the needs are and how we can help families and children by helping organizations."

Organizations can receive a request for proposal by visiting For more information, visit the Web site or call (706) 721-7415.

An information session will be held Jan. 5 to answer questions organizations may have regarding the grant and requesting funds from it.

Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or


WHAT: Information session

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 5

WHERE: Richmond County Health Department, 950 Laney-Walker Blvd.

OTHER: Registration is required by Jan. 3. Call Darlene Goodwin at (706) 721-7415 to register.



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