Women's group awards grants to community non-profits

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Women in Philanthropy of the CSRA presented $60,000 in grants to three area non-profits during a luncheon today at the Augusta Country Club.

Child Enrichment received a $19,500 grant which will be used to bring in additional resources for its therapy and Court Appointed Special Advocates programs. The Lydia Project received $33,000 to help women cancer patients pay for living expenses such as rent, utilities and medications during treatment.

The Augusta Technical College Foundation received $7,500 for its special populations services program, which helps students who are single parents or pregnant; displaced homemakers; or non traditional program students obtain services such as daycare, transportation, and purchase textbooks.

Five percent of each grant will be held in escrow until the receiving organization completes their project, said Beth Evans, co-chair of Women in Philanthropy.

Twenty-five organizations had applied.

Women in Philanthropy of the CSRA, which was organized last year, was an idea that came from the United Way of the CSRA and the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area, Mrs. Evans said. The organization currently has 100 women as members, each who paid an annual membership fee of $1,000. The money received from the membership fee funded the grants. The remainder of the funds have been placed in an endowment fund for future philanthropy efforts, Mrs. Evans said..

This was the first year the organization has given out grants.


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