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North Georgia Community Foundation announces 2017 Community Impact Grant recipients
North Georgia Community Foundation

The North Georgia Community Foundation awarded more than $46,950 in grants to fund 16 programs at nonprofit organizations across the North Georgia region that are engaged in innovative work to strengthen the community. 

“We believe one of the best ways to improve the community is to invest in nonprofits working on projects that support and improve the North Georgia region,” said Michelle Prater, NGCF president and CEO. “Each of the selected projects will make a positive impact on meeting the important needs of our community.” 

Community Impact Grants are awarded annually through a competitive process to nonprofit organizations in the Foundation’s 15-county North Georgia service area. 

Hall County 

Action Ministries to support three different programs that will provide stable housing for homeless families.

  • The Way Homeless Ministry to provide basic tangible needs for the homeless community.
  • The Guest House to provide fresh quality and balanced meals for their senior guests.
  • Rape Response programs to work collaboratively with school systems to provide “Let’s Talk” prevention education classes.
  • Georgia Mountain Food Bank to expand outreach and provide prescription food boxes for low-income oncology patients.
  • Children Center for Hope & Healing programs to provide children between the ages of 3 and 17, who have been sexually abused, with counseling from licensed therapists.

Forsyth County

  • Mentor Me to provide mentoring and tutoring through a school-based support system to students identified at risk to drop out of middle school and high school.

Habersham County

  • Prevent Child Abuse Habersham to provide supervised family visitation for children whose parents are going through parental substance abuse, family violence or domestic conflict.
  • Volunteers for Literacy Habersham focus on teaching English and Civics to non-English speaking citizens. 

Lumpkin County

  • Georgia Forest Watch programs to engage and provide education for the public so they may gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the last remaining unprotected forest.
  • Holly Theatre for programs to enrich opportunities for children and teens, 5 to 18 years old, so they may cultivate performers and audiences. 
  • Rainbow Children’s Home to support Beyond Basics program, which gives young ladies the resources to break from cycle of poverty and abuse.
  • NGCF’s Community Impact Grant Program is possible through a community endowment established to ensure there will always be philanthropic resources available to meet the region’s most pressing needs and opportunities.


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