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Community Foundation of West Georgia Issues $45,292 in Grants from Church Improvement Fund

The Church Improvement Fund established last year at the Community Foundation of West Georgia has issued its grants totaling $45,292 to five local churches. Receiving the grants are Bethlehem New Life Church, First Baptist Church (Carrollton), New Step Faith Church, Overcomers Christian Center and St. Paul A.M.E. Church.
With an initial endowment of $300,000, the fund provides grants for capital improvements to churches that primarily serve 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 25%is required, with the applicant church responsible for 25% percent of the project costs and the fund providing 75% 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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