The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia held a grant breakfast on Tuesday at The 1818 Club, handing out a record amount of grants. In total, 28 grants were awarded, with $303,409 going to local nonprofits.
The Community Foundation’s Good2Give Community Fund provides the funding for the grants, and, with the help of fundholders, is the largest distribution for the annual grant cycle.
“This is why we do what we do,” said Randy Redner, executive director of the Community Foundation. “We are surrounded by many incredible nonprofits doing incredible work each and every day. 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.
“Including this year’s grants, the Community Foundation has now donated more than $80 million to worthy charities since 1985.”
This year, the Community Foundation streamlined the grants process, asking nonprofits to initially submit a letter of intent, foundation officials said. After review by the grants committee, selected nonprofits were then asked to submit a grant application.
The main focus of this year’s grant awards were food insufficiency, early education and homelessness. However, up to one third of the Community Foundation’s grant funding was also allocated for programs and projects outside of the focus areas, including the arts, health care, environment and more.
“Our grants committee, chaired by Julie Keeton Arnold, worked tirelessly to selected our 28 nonprofit winners,” Redner said. “It was not an easy task. Additionally, our generous fundholders stepped in again, allowing us to go above and beyond so we could grant all of those 28 requests. We are so thankful for the incredibly generous community and fundholders we have.”
Anyone can give to the Community Foundation’s Good2Give Community Fund. There is no age limit or dollar amount restrictions on the fund as giving is something the Community Foundation wants the entire community involved in, Redner said. To donate or learn more, visit www.cfneg.org.
The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia began operating as the Gwinnett Foundation Inc., a nonprofit community foundation, on March 25, 1985. It was founded by a group of community-minded citizens to receive and disburse charitable funds for an improved quality of life throughout Gwinnett County. Today, the Community Foundation manages funds held in trust, donated by individuals, organizations and businesses.
2017 Grant Winners
Gwinnett County Public Schools-Play to Learn, $25,000
Baggett Elementary School, $12,500
Corners Outreach, $10,000
Special Kneads, $12,800
Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence, $10,000
The Path Project, $10,000
Easter Seals North Georgia, $8,109
Hispanic Organization Promoting Education, $5,000
Jenkins Elementary School, $5,000
Next Generation Focus Inc., $10,000
Lilburn Cooperative Ministry, $14,500
Norcross Cooperative Ministry, $10,000
North Gwinnett Cooperative, $5,000
Street Wise, $5,000
Bridge Atlanta Medical Center, $25,000
Gwinnett Sexual Assault & Children’s Advocacy Center, $12,000
Boys & Girls Club, $5,000
Healing Grace Ministries, $5,000
Good Samaritan-Gwinnett, $5,000
Home of Hope, $27,500
Rainbow Village, Inc, $12,500
Promise686 Inc,. $12,500
Gwinnett County Habitat for Humanity, $5,000
Partnership Against Domestic Violence, $4,000
Family Promise of Forsyth County, $5,000
The Drake House, $12,000
Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, $5,000
Hudgens Center for the Arts, $25,000 (Funded by the Mary Kistner Endowment for the Arts)