GCIF receives grant

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The Greenwood County Community Foundation awarded a $3,000 grant to the Greenwood County Community Improvement Foundation to help establish a South Carolina Student Leadership Conference. This will be an approach to serving Greenwood County high school students, grades 10 through 12, interested in developing leadership skills to advance their future careers. The conference will be Sept. 28 at Lander University. Here, members of the Student Leadership Conference Planning Committee stand with an enlarged donation check.

A Place for Us check presentation

A Place for Us Check Presentation

Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF) recently awarded a $3,300 grant to “A Place for Us” to support its learning center for APFU residents. The program ministers to the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of young women facing crisis situations.

From left are: Jeff Smith, GCCF President; Kathy Osborne, Learning Center Coordinator; Tammie Price, A Place for Us Founder and Executive Director; Nancy Manning, Administrative Assistant; Mary Woodiwiss, GCCF Projects & Grants Manager.

Greenwood County Community Foundation awarded a $2,000 Youth and Education Grant to the United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties for the purchase of 550 book bags for its annual Stuff the Bus campaign. This project helps purchase and distribute school supplies to children in need. This year’s event is from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Magnolia Park Aug. 13.

GCCF awards grand to purchase back packs

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Greenwood County Community Foundation awarded a $2,000 Youth and Education Grant to the United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties for the purchase of 550 book bags for its annual Stuff the Bus campaign. This project helps purchase and distribute school supplies to children in need. This year’s event is from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Magnolia Park Aug. 13.

From left are Jeff Smith, GCCF president; Mary Woodiwiss, GCCF projects and grants manager, and Rachel Blair, United Way director of finance and coordinator of Stuff the Bus.

Greenwood County Community Foundation awarded a $2,000 Youth and Education Grant to the United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties for the purchase of 550 book bags for its annual Stuff the Bus campaign. This project helps purchase and distribute school supplies to children in need. This year’s event is from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Magnolia Park Aug. 13.

GCCF awards grant to YMCA

From left are: Sen. Floyd Nicholson, Gray Stallworth, YMCA executive director; GCCF projects and grants manager Mary Woodiwiss; Allison Mundy YMCA aquatics coordinator; Sondi Creglow YMCA senior program director, Jonathan Bass YMCA director of development and Jeff Smith GCCF president.

Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF) awarded a $4,300 grant to the Greenwood Family YMCA to support its “Safety Around Water” program. The program targets kids, especially minority and underserved populations who are statistically at a higher risk of drowning.

Mary Kathryne Elliot, center, annual fund and grants manager for the SC Governor’s School of Science and Mathematics, accepts a check from the Greenwood County Community Foundation in support of CREATEng Engineering Camp.

GCCF donates to CREATEng

Mary Kathryne Elliot, center, annual fund and grants manager for the SC Governor’s School of Science and Mathematics, accepts a check from the Greenwood County Community Foundation in support of CREATEng Engineering Camp.Mary Kathryne Elliot, center, annual fund and grants manager for the SC Governor’s School of Science and Mathematics, accepts a check from the Greenwood County Community Foundation in support of CREATEng Engineering Camp.

CREATEng serves 60 Greenwood students, and is operated by the Governor’s School at Lander University.

The public is invited to attend the closing showcase of CREATEng Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in Room LC200 of the Carnell Learning Center on the Lander Campus. Presenting the check on behalf of GCCF are Jeff Smith, executive director, and Mary Woodiwiss, right, projects and grants manager.

GCCF awards grant to S.C. Festival of Flowers

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The Greenwood County Community Foundation awarded a $2,000 grant to the S.C. Festival of Flowers in support of the Horticulture Education program offered to area schools.

From left are Renea Sprowl, horticulturist for the City of Greenwood; Jeff Smith, president and CEO of Greenwood County Community Foundation; Angelle LaBorde, president and CEO of Greenwood Chamber of Commerce; Corey Collington, principal of Brewer Middle School; and Mary Woodiwis, projects and grants manager for Greenwood County Community Foundation.

From left are: Jeff Smith, GCCF president; Mary Woodiwiss, GCCF projects and grants manager, Lisa Lane, Project Hope co-executive director; Mamie Nicholson, GCCF board member; Susan Sachs, Project Hope co-executive director; Martha Barnette, GCCF board member; and Amaryllis Turman, GCCF board member.

Project Hope Receives Grant

From left are: Jeff Smith, GCCF president; Mary Woodiwiss, GCCF projects and grants manager, Lisa Lane, Project Hope co-executive director; Mamie Nicholson, GCCF board member; Susan Sachs, Project Hope co-executive director; Martha Barnette, GCCF board member; and Amaryllis Turman, GCCF board member.

From left are: Jeff Smith, GCCF president; Mary Woodiwiss, GCCF projects and grants manager, Lisa Lane, Project Hope co-executive director; Mamie Nicholson, GCCF board member; Susan Sachs, Project Hope co-executive director; Martha Barnette, GCCF board member; and Amaryllis Turman, GCCF board member.

Project Hope, a Greenville-based organization that offers a wide range of services to individuals who fall along the Autism spectrum, was awarded $50,000 through the Greenwood County Community Foundation’s Innovation granting cycle to be used for the start up of an Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy program in Greenwood.

ABA therapy has proven to be transformative in the lives of those with Autism, as well as their families. GCCF’s Innovation Grant supports creative ideas that foster strategic change within the Greenwood County community, generate collective excitement because of their originality and courageous approach to addressing root causes of systemic problems or deficiencies, and contribute to a healthy, thriving community.

The foundation’s board of directors actively seek proposals that stretch the imagination and enrich lives, while fostering collaboration and partnerships among organizations when considering applications for the Innovation Grant.

GCCF Presents Check to Project Hope

The Greenwood County Community Foundation presented Project Hope Foundation a check for $144,000 for the operation of an Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy program in Greenwood. This gift represents the first of a four-year commitment to the program that will begin in the fall of 2016. Located in Greenville, Project Hope serves primarily children and young adults who have received an autism diagnosis. The ABA therapy program has proven to be very successful with clients no matter where they fall on the autism spectrum and GCCF Board Chair Linda Dolny said Project Hope will address a critical need in Greenwood County.

From left are Jeff Smith, President of GCCF; Dolny, GCCF board chairwoman; Lisa Lane; and Susan Sacs, co-executive directors of Project Hope Foundation.

Foundation accepting grant applications

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The Greenwood County Community Foundation will be accepting applications through the month of February for grants to be awarded in the annual Youth and Education granting cycle. Granting guidelines and application information can be found at greenwoodcf.org.

In 2015, 27 area nonprofits received a combined $75,000 in grants from the Foundation’s unrestricted funds. Awards between $370 and $5,000 were disbursed, for purposes as wide-ranging as initiatives to address domestic violence, enrichment programs for children in need, outreach stage performances, resources for families with autistic members, and furnishings for a new treatment center.

To date, GCCF has allocated more than $1.75 million in grants, mostly for projects and programs in Greenwood County.

Community Foundation grants benefit Greenwood

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The Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF) awarded $25,000 in grants to local organizations serving residents of Greenwood County. Receiving funds during the Foundation’s Open Granting cycle were Faith Home, Food Bank of Greenwood County, Greenwood Pathway House, Piedmont Agency on Aging, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, The Salvation Army and Greenwood County School District 51.

GCCF’s Youth and Education cycle begins in February, with grant applications to be accepted the entire month. Each of the four foundation granting cycles (Youth and Education, Innovation, Community Enhancement, and Open Granting) has specific criteria, outlined on the GCCF website (www.greenwoodcf.org). Application materials are available on the website. Submission deadlines for 2016 are: Youth and Education, Feb. 29; Innovation, April 30 (tentative); Community Enhancement, June 30; Open Granting, Oct. 31.