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Nonprofits awarded grant money

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Atlanta Women's Foundation has awarded grants to 14 nonprofits operating in the county, including a $70,500 multi-year grant to Gwinnett-based Georgia Association on Young Children.

In all, the foundation awarded more than $1 million to nonprofit organizations serving women heading low income families in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. Grants are given for both general operating costs and specific projects.

Despite a rocky economy, the foundation - established in 1998 - was able to expanded its grant awards, which averaged about $12,500 in the past. This year, the foundation bestowed a multi-year grant for $200,000 to Friends of International Community School and a $100,000 multi-year grant to the Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, which operates an office in Gwinnett. Twenty-one grants were selected from more than 150 letters of inquiry.

The Georgia Association on Young Children, which focuses on the development of healthy young children, plans to use the funds to develop a program that will collect stories demonstrating the importance of accessible health care. The stories will be used for public education, policy briefs and advocacy alerts to lobby for the allocation of state dollars for child care subsidies on behalf of working families.

"With today's economic landscape, it's no longer good enough for an agency to give out bus tokens for women to travel to job interviews, said Karen Elaine Webster Parks, interim CEO of the Atlanta Women's Foundation. "Mothers need quality affordable child care in their neighborhood so they can go on those interviews. And the children of families seeking refuge in Atlanta from war torn countries must graduate and be able to support themselves."

A new grant strategy adopted by the foundation requires nonprofits show their work meets the needs of under-served women and girls.

This can be anything from increasing access to income and assets to increasing affordable, quality child care. For girls, nonprofit agencies must show their work increases pregnancy prevention, high school completion, career development or the availability of before and after school programs.

SideBar: Grants

· 9to5, Atlanta Working Women $65,000 (multi-year)

· ACCION USA $20,000

· Center for Pan Asian Community Services* $40,000

· The Edge Connection $80,000

· Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention $20,000

· Georgia Association of Young Children* $70,500 (multi-year)

· Georgia Justice Project $25,000

· Georgia Metros Girls Basketball Club $15,000

· Jean Childs Young Institute for Youth Leadership $5,000

· Planned Parenthood of Georgia* $70,000

· Quality Care for Children $50,000

· VOX Teen Communications $20,000

· The Women of FIRE $5,000

· Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence $100,000 (multi-year)

*Gwinnett is primary county of service

Source: The Atlanta Women's Foundation