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Community Foundation of West Georgia Announces First Grants from Church Improvement Fund

The Church Improvement Fund established this year at the Community Foundation of West Georgia has issued its first grants totaling $22,227 to four local churches.  Receiving the initial grants are Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, King Street Church, New Hope United Methodist Church and Overcomers Christian Church.
 
With an initial endowment of $300,000, the fund provides grants for capital improvements to churches that serve predominately African American communities in Carroll County.  Funding priorities are primarily for brick and mortar projects that will improve the physical condition of churches and help them better serve their congregations and the community.  An estimated $50,000 will be available for grants from the fund each year. 
 
            Applications for grants from the fund will be accepted annually from churches that have been in existence at least 10 years.  Applications are evaluated on demonstrated need, including plans, cost estimates, community service, etc., as well as financial stability of the church.  A match of 60/40 is required, with the applicant church responsible for 60 percent of the project costs and the fund providing 40 percent.
 
Priority is given to churches that have limited ability to raise funds above normal operating costs.  Multiple-year grants are allowed; however, a church cannot receive more than two grants in a five-year period.  A committee appointed by the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation reviews funding requests.
 
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