CEG 2013

Community Enrichment Grants

The Community Foundation awards grants annually and twenty-three local nonprofit organizations were selected for funding in May.  The Community Enrichment Grants program awarded $119,066 in a competitive grant process to programs and projects that will meet community needs in the areas of social and community services, health, education, environment and arts and humanities.  Funding for these grants comes from the Community Foundation’s own endowment for grants and contributions from individuals to the grant pool.

  • Arts & Humanities:  $4,087

Metropolitan Arts Council - $4,087
SmartARTS provides teachers and students with standards-based arts integration that will culminate in a public exhibition of artwork created by students at the Children’s Museum of the Upstate with related onsite education programming.

  • Education Programs:  $7,000  

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School - $7,000
This funding is for dynamic test licensing, materials and services to expand the Student Support Team, a comprehensive program of assessment, individual education planning and behavioral counseling for at-risk children in grades 3-6.

  • Environmental Programs:  $5,304

Conestee Foundation Inc. - $3,704
Lake Conestee Nature Park’s nature education programs for schools and families are growing rapidly and this grant will help fund updating its website, technology systems and information delivery systems to better serve its nature programming clients.

Upstate Forever - $1,600
These funds will help with two technological upgrades of GPS equipment and mapping software for the Land Trust Program and replacement of the network server.

  • Health Programs:  $14,140

Greenville Free Medical Clinic, Inc. - $9,200
This grant will be used to upgrade server hardware and software to accommodate the complex information system needed to coordinate the clinic’s network, including digital dental imaging and satellite remote networking.

Taylors Free Medical Clinic Inc. - $4,940
A multi-function printer/copier and two computer work stations for the reception and data entry areas will be purchased with this grant and will increase capability and efficiency.

  • Social and Community Services:  $88,535

Hispanic Alliance - $12,000
This grant will help provide reliable information and promote programs and services to communities in their environment through multi-lingual information outlets at isolated community sites and in Spanish at churches, community fairs and neighborhood events.

Julie Valentine Center - $8,278
Funding will provide extensive evidence-based training to the clinical staff so that evidenced-based therapeutic treatment can be used at the Center to help stop the cycle of interpersonal violence in the community.

Meyer Center for Special Children - $8,000
This grant will help to replace and upgrade the computer system so employees can spend more time serving the needs of these special children with disabilities.

Meals on Wheels of Greenville Inc. - $6,200
A warming cabinet and insulated meal delivery bags will be purchased with this grant and will keep food delivered to home-bound clients at a safe temperature to prevent food-borne illnesses.

Junior League of Greenville Inc. - $5,804
Funding will contribute to an 18-month consultant planning period for construction of a new Family Learning Center to address the need for preschool age childcare and parent education services in the Nicholtown neighborhood.

CommunityWorks Carolina - $5,523
More families will be enrolled with this grant in the Greenville Individual Development Account Program which will increase their financial stability through financial education, savings and asset building and break the cycle of poverty.

Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County - $5,000
This grant will help improve the homebuyer education program required for new homeowners with computers, audio-visual equipment and classroom furniture. 

North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry - $5,000
The need for short-term temporary assistance has increased and this grant will pay for food to be distributed to help clients in northern Greenville County through a crisis situation.

Triune Mercy Center - $5,000
A secure filing cabinet system, camera, printer and document fees charged by issuers will be funded with this grant which will provide the homeless with safe storage for their important documents and identifications.  

Greenville Family Partnership - $4,065
This grant will partially fund making Prevention Resource Center materials more accessible by converting to DVD, increase resources in Spanish and update the website.

YouthBASE - $4,000
Funding will be used to expand and strengthen afterschool and summer intervention programs for students who are identified by teachers as below grade level and who need comprehensive and individual support.

Greenville Literacy Association Inc. - $3,849
Greenville Literacy will transition to a new executive director in July and this grant will help fund a strategic planning process for the agency during this leadership transition to direct their work over the next 3-5 years.

The Generous Garden Project - $3,740
With the help of this grant, a new garden on Hudson Road will increase the amount of food given to those in need, teach people how to grow their own food and reach new communities.

Goodwill Industries of Upstate Midlands SC Inc. - $3,117
This grant helps women who are unemployed or under-employed with childcare, transportation, job training and placement and financial stability services through the Beyond Jobs program.

Alston Wilkes Society - $3,000
This grant assists adults released from correctional facilities in SC to become  self-sufficient by meeting basic needs, education and employment assistance.

Mill Village Farms/Long Branch Baptist Church - $3,000
This inner-city youth entrepreneurship program will use this grant to help increase access to fresh produce with a prototype mobile farmers’ market serving communities that lack access to healthy foods.

United Ministries - $2,959
This grant will help fund transportation assistance to those in poverty seeking employment and job training and provide out-of-town transportation for the homeless to the home of family or a friend, ending their homelessness.