A total of 29 nonprofit organizations in Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties received $287,000 Tuesday from the Community Foundation of West Georgias Community Impact Fund and Innovation Grant programs.
The Community Impact Fund is unrestricted in its power to unleash the potential of all kinds of agencies, causes and area of interest, said Kim Jones, president of the Foundation. Because the fund is endowed, every donation not only contributes once, but the contribution grows and continues to give forever.
Since the first grants were issued from the Community Impact Fund in 2004, a total of $5 million has been distributed to local organizations, including the Innovation Grants. Funds are distributed through an annual competitive grant process as six panels of local citizens consider requests, assist the Foundation in the review and analysis of the applications and make recommendations to the Foundation Board of Directors. Local nonprofit organizations, faith-based and government agencies are eligible to apply for grants.
Innovation Grants Program
The Innovation Grants program is designed to inspire and support problem solving in the community. The selected grantees receive funds, renewable up to three years, to implement their project ideas, creating models of innovation for the entire community.
This year $78,100 was given through the Innovation Grants program to four local nonprofit organizations.
The Carroll County Mental Health Advocates will provide mental health screening and outreach as people are being released from jail with a goal of reducing unnecessary arrests, trips to the emergency room and use of community resources. The programs goal is to ensure that people screened will receive better mental health services to reduce recidivism.
The University of West Georgia/UGA Center for Economic Education received a grant for a financial wellness program, which will include the recruitment and training of volunteers. Its goal is to provide financial wellness information designed for people who are precariously housed and financially insecure.
The Carroll County Child Advocacy Center, Inc. received a grant for the Families are Stronger Together program, in which families will learn skills and receive individualized support to increase psychological and physiological safety within the family. The goal is to increase the likelihood of creating a permanent home and resiliency in the face of any future adversity.
Your Haven in Haralson County received a grant that will allow the organization to hire an additional support person to oversee the development of support services such as GED classes, job placement services, marketing, volunteer development. A new program with the Haralson County Sheriffs office and Haralson County jail will prepare inmates for their release with a recovery plan in place.
What the 2021 Community Impact Fund Grants Will Fund
This year a total of $208,900 was granted from the Community Impact Fund to 25 nonprofit organizations in Carroll, Haralson and Heard Counties.
Arts & Culture
Carrollton Center for the Arts will host The Arts Festival of Carrollton.
The Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum received funds for salaries and a collection initiative.
The Villa Rica Historical Society will renovate Wicks Tavern.
Carroll Tomorrow will sponsor the Carroll County Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Sewell Mill community center will upgrade its kitchen.
Carroll County Community Action and Ferst Readers of Haralson County received funds as they both provide books for children who might not have access to reading material.
Partners Advancing Student Success (PASS) will offer school programs.
University of West Georgia received two grants: Coding for a Bright Future, a coding program for preschoolers and Combating Summer Slide, a STEM youth program for Haralson and Heard counties.
West Georgia Prevention and Advocacy Resource Center received funds for the Speak Up Be Safe program.
Keep Carroll Beautiful, Inc. received funds for the 2022 Household Hazardous Waste Amnesty Event.
Keep Haralson Beautiful received funds for electronic recycling.
The West Georgia Chapter of the Native Plant Society received funds for erosion control at Buffalo Creek.
The Adele Foundation received funds for its recovery program with social service referrals, direct social services and self-sufficiency and education.
Circles of West Georgia will continue its innovative, community-driven way to affect poverty by inspiring and equipping families to thrive and end poverty.
House of Cherith received funds for West Residential Recovery, a facility for homeless women who are survivors of abuse, exploitation, and trafficking.
Impact West Georgia received funds for the Hope Center, a mens homeless shelter program.
Recovery and Restoration Ministries, Inc. received funds for a technology update.
St. Vincent DePaul, Our Lady of Perpetual Help received funds for meeting basic needs and homeless prevention.
St. Margarets Community Outreach received funds for general assistance.
Medical & Hospice
Carroll County Mental Health Advocates received funds for its Carroll County Jail Email Diversion program, which will allow inmates to connect to volunteers for referrals to services prior to their release.
Positive Response received funds for Keeping West Georgia Free of STDs.
Rapha Clinic received funds for the Healthy Living program.
THS Emergency Shelter will provide the Hope First Medical program.
For more information about the Community Foundation of West Georgia, visit its website at cfwg.net or contact Kim Jones at (770) 832-1462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.