Application Deadline: December 31, 2016
$329,000 Awarded: March 2017
To support the Fall 2017 Young Gamechangers program in bringing 50 of Georgia’s best and brightest young professionals between the ages of 24-40 to Milledgeville/Baldwin County to develop big idea recommendations to some of Baldwin County’s most persistent challenges. Over the course of five months, these young leaders will work alongside Baldwin County leaders to learn about the community and propose out-of-the-box, yet realistic, solutions to challenges.
American Red Cross of Central Midwest Georgia
To purchase smoke alarms and replacement batteries, complete home safety checklists, help families develop escape plans, and reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries through the Home Fire Campaign.
To purchase books for patrol officers and an end of school book giveaway to stop the “Summer Slide”. Book ‘Em is partnering with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office as well as Title 1 schools in Bibb county to provide books to local children.
Communities In Schools of Central Georgia, Inc.
To improve college and career readiness in 11th and 12th grade Bibb County public high schools. This program will target attendance, behavior, and college and career readiness.
Crisis Line & Safe House of Central GA
To support the Client Assistance Fund which provides financial assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Family Advancement Ministries
To support the Moving from Crisis to Confidence program, which provides immediate assistance for families in crisis as well as life skills programs designed to help these families be more independent in the future.
The River Edge Foundation
To support the capital campaign to replace the existing crisis stabilization facility. The current facility has 28 adult psychiatric, detox stabilization beds and 16 youth psychiatric stabilization beds.
Goodwill Works Foundation, Inc.
To provide culinary lab equipment for the Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality. In 2016, a new culinary classroom lab was built to accommodate increasing student enrollment, currently this lab does not have the equipment needed to serve the students.
Macon Area Habitat for Humanity
To support the Lynmore Estates Neighborhood Revitalization Project. Macon Area Habitat for Humanity is raising funds to leverage New Market Tax Credits that will allow them to build more homes and turn Lynmore Estates into a vibrant, safe, affordable, stable, self-sustaining place to live.
Navicent Health Foundation
To purchase technology and supplies for the child life program. Child Life Specialists focus on providing individually tailored, age appropriate, one-on-one care for patients, calming them before potentially frightening or invasive procedures and delivering support to families in difficult times.
Real IMPACT Center, Inc.
To support STEMtastic Saturdays, a program designed to expose 50 underrepresented minority girls, ages 8-14 to hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math projects
The Fuller Center for Housing of Macon, GA, Inc.
To support the SNAP-Support for Napier Advancement Program, which will build community among the residents of Napier Heights and increase homeowner knowledge and resources.
The Methodist Home for Children and Youth
To make capital improvements at the Rumford Center training facility. The Rumford Center is a full-service conference center designed to meet a wide variety of meeting and training needs for our community. This grant will help with purchasing furniture and new carpet for the building.
Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc.
To support the Georgia Industrial Children’s Home School and Gym. Twin Cedars is constructing a gym and school building on the Georgia Industrial Children’s Home campus to address the lack of recreational space for the youth and the need for an on-site school to enhance the educational opportunities for the youth served there.
Wesley Glen Ministries
To purchase a van to provide reliable transportation of their residents and adults involved in the Cornerstone Day Program.
Boys & Girls Club Coffee County
To support the Money Matters, Financial Literacy Program, which promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13 to 18. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, budget, save and invest.
CASA of Houston County, Inc.
To help CASA of Houston County recruit, train, supervise, and retain culturally responsive volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Houston County.
Genesis Joy House Homeless Shelter, Inc.
To renovate a facility to house homeless female veterans in Middle Georgia.
Middle Georgia State University Foundation
To support the VECTR Center, which aims to successfully transition veterans and their families into Georgia’s public colleges, universities, and the state’s workforce.
Rehoboth Life Care Ministries, Inc.
To increase capacity of the Rehoboth Life Care Ministries dental clinic by hiring a dentist to see more patients during the week.
Wellston Trees and Greens
To purchase dog agility equipment for Houston County’s first dog park located in Wellston Park.
Multiple Central Georgia Counties
Wholesome Wave Georgia
To create access to affordable healthy food for Federal Nutrition Assistance recipients in Central Georgia by supporting the Georgia Fresh For Less program. This grant will be used at farmers markets in Warner Robins, Milledgeville, Dublin, Perry and Macon.
Eatonton Putnam Arts Foundation, Inc.
To support The Plaza Arts Center Capital Improvements for Performing Arts. This project will update the sound system and visual equipment at the Plaza Arts Center.
Community Health Care Systems, Inc.
To support the Twiggs County Telemedicine Initiative by providing funds to evaluate the program’s effectiveness in bringing a telemedicine-equipped ambulance to Twiggs County.
The Community Foundation would like to recognize the following unrestricted funds that help make the Community Grant Program possible: L.D. and Minnie Lee Brown Fund, Fickling Family Fund, Ross and Geneva Gardner Fund, William S. Hutchings Fund, Jones Freeman Ross Family Fund, Kruger Fund, Olson Fund, Hazel Elizabeth Rogers Fund, John F. Rogers, Jr. Fund, Emily Walker Fund, Walters Family Fund, and The Zuver Fund.