A local community foundation recently awarded 27 grants totaling nearly $250,000 to nonprofits across Gwinnett and northeast Georgia.

The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia, a nonprofit that began as the Gwinnett Foundation, Inc. in 1985, held its annual grant awards celebration on June 7 at Duluth’s The 1818 Club.

In total, it awarded $242,995 in immediate funding to nonprofits, though with the addition of challenge grants — grants made to a nonprofit once that organization has raised a certain amount of funds as described by the challenge — the total impact being funneled into area nonprofits this year is $500,000.

“We are surrounded by many incredible nonprofits doing incredible work each and every day,” said Randy Redner, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “To be able to support some of them in the work they do, to help them impact even more people and change even more lives — that is part of our mission at the Community Foundation. This is why we do what we do.”

Including this year’s grants, the Community Foundation has donated more than $80 million to charities since its inception.

The foundation’s Good2Give Community Fund provides the funding for the grants, along with the help of the Community Foundation’s fund holders. Last week’s grants are just a portion of the estimated $5 million the Community Foundation will pour into nonprofits this year, along with education programming and other support services.

“Our grants committee worked tirelessly to selected our 27 nonprofit winners,” Redner said. “It was not an easy task. Additionally, our generous fund holders stepped in again, allowing us to go above and beyond so we could grant all of those 27 requests. We are so thankful for the incredibly generous community and fund holders we have.”

The main focuses of this year’s grant awards were food insufficiency, early education and homelessness, though about a third of the Community Foundation’s grant funding was also allocated for programs and projects outside of the focus areas, including the arts, healthcare and more.

Anyone can give to the Community Foundation’s Good2Give Community Fund and organizations can apply for grants from the foundation online. To donate or learn more, visit cfneg.org.

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