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Community Foundation awards 14 grants

COVINGTON - The Community Foundation of Newton County recently handed out more than $30,000 in grants to 14 local nonprofit organizations.

This is the eighth year The Community Foundation has awarded grants to nonprofit organizations in Newton County through its competitive grant program, according to Tamara Richardson, eastern region outreach director for The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Since 2000, the foundation has distributed $197,150 to 47 nonprofit agencies.

This year, the foundation received 24 applications requesting more than $100,000. Fourteen grants totaling $31,650 were awarded.

Checks were handed out at a meeting held at The Center this past Thursday.

The grant program awards grants in five different categories: health; arts and culture; human services; community development; and education and youth development.

The award money is raised primarily through donations from the local community as well as foundation board members, plus a $10,000 matching donation from the parent organization in Atlanta.

The following is a list of organizations benefiting from the grants and a description of how they intend to use the money:

· AID Gwinnett - To provide medical transportation for clients

living in Newton County traveling to the AID Gwinnett medical office in Duluth or a satellite office at the Newton County Health Department;

· Arts Association in Newton County - To expose, involve and enable minority and at-risk children in the community to the art form of ballet by supplying scholarships, lessons and tickets;

· Community Food Pantry - To provide emergency food for a rapidly growing population;

· Covington Family YMCA - To provide scholarships for after-school care for at-risk children in Newton County elementary schools through the YMCA's Partner With Youth Assistance Program;

· FaithWorks - To provide operational funding for utility and phone expenses;

· Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful - To provide wheeled recycling bins for Newton County schools, as well as bins to be used during community events;

· The Learning Center - To provide operational funding that will fund delivery of research-based programs teaching parents of young children how to engage in positive parenting behaviors to stimulate brain development and language skills;

· Newton County Special Olympics - To provide necessary training and safety equipment for all athletes and provide the master's program for mentally handicapped adults;

· Prevent Child Abuse Newton - To help implement additional nurturing parenting programs for fathers and teen parents;

· Project ReNeWal Domestic Violence Intervention Program Inc. - To provide school-age children in Newton County with the necessary information to identify, prevent and deal with family violence;

· Repairers of the Breach Inc. - To provide low-income and homeless Newton County residents with assistance;

· Southern Heartland Arts Inc. - To pay for 10 under-served children to attend art camp;

· Washington Street Community Center - To purchase CRCT textbooks and workbooks for students and coaches to help at-risk youth;

· Willing Helpers Medical Inc. - To assist with operational expenses and equipment purchases.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.