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The North Georgia Community Foundation awarded $16,500 in Community Impact Grants to nine nonprofits in Northeast Georgia to help fund programs designed to improve the quality of life in the North Georgia region.
This year’s recipients are Toccoa-Stephens County Literacy Council, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, the Guest House, Family Promise of Hall County, Children’s Center for Hope & Healing, Community Helping Place, Community Pantry of Rabun County, St. Vincent de Paul Society and Abba House.
The Community Impact Grants are available annually to classified 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations in the 15-county North Georgia region including Banks, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties. The Foundation awards grants between $1,500 and $3,000 through this program.
- The Toccoa-Stephens County Literacy Council received $2,000 to purchase new computers to provide their GED and ESL classes with the online resources and software they need to succeed. The Literacy Council supports and promotes teaching literacy skills to area residents.
- The Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville will use its $2,000 grant to launch Healing through Arts, a new outreach program for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- The Guest House provides medical care, personal care and safety for older seniors who need day-time care. The Hall County nonprofit received $1,350 to help pay for daily blood sugar check supplies.
- Family Promise of Hall County, which works to end homelessness for families with children, will use its $2,000 for its Childcare Provision Fund.
- Children’s Center for Hope & Healing in Hall County was awarded $2,000 for its Comprehensive Victims’ Services for Children program. The agency provides therapy, advocacy and education for families traumatized by child sexual abuse.
- Community Helping Place, which provides a food pantry, free clinic and emergency financial assistance to residents of Lumpkin County, will use its grant of $1,650 for its Days of Balance workshops.
- The Community Pantry in Rabun County provides clients with monthly vouchers to purchase personal hygiene and household cleaning and products from a locally-owned business. The $2,000 grant will enable the Community Pantry to provide an additional 67 vouchers to their clients.
- St. Vincent de Paul Society provides emergency assistance in Dawson County. It will use its $2,000 to offer additional support to families in Dawson County who struggle to have the basic necessities of living, such as heat, power and temporary housing.
- Abba House gives women in Forsyth County assistance through a residential program as they recover from addiction or physical abuse. Its $1,500 grant will be directed to its Women & Children’s Scholarship Fund to provide financial assistance to women participating in the residential program.
For more information, visit www.ngcf.org or call 770-535-7880.