SPARTANBURG – The Spartanburg County Foundation awarded $129,288 in capacity-building grants to 12 nonprofit organizations to improve the lives of Spartanburg County residents across seven Spartanburg Community Indicator Areas: Civic Health, Cultural Vitality, Economy, Education, Natural Environment, Public Health, and Social Environment.
Each year, The Spartanburg County Foundation trustees set an unrestricted budget from The Community Fund and a partnership of other funds to award grants to nonprofit organizations serving Spartanburg County.
“The organizations we have chosen to invest in have proven their abilities to further the mission of the Foundation and promote positive change throughout Spartanburg County,” said Troy Hanna, President and CEO of The Spartanburg County Foundation. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to provide nonprofits with the financial assistance they need to maximize their impact in our community.”
The following organizations received funding as part of the Foundation’s Spring Responsive Grantmaking Program:
- Angels Charge Ministry – Angels Charge Ministry is the recipient of a $15,000 grant to increase organizational capacity by adding a second full-time case manager. The full-time case manager position will allow an increase of capacity for the current case load and provide the ability for Angels Charge Ministry to expand its presence inside the Spartanburg County Detention Center. Angels Charge Ministry offers a transitional housing program, case management, and advocacy to deter recidivism in facilitating successful reentry into the community for women during and after incarceration.
- Animal Allies, Inc. – Animal Allies, Inc., is the recipient of a $20,000 grant to construct a new surgery prep and recovery suite to expand its services and to increase the daily number of spay and neuter operations. Animal Allies, Inc., reduces the amount of unwanted, unclaimed, stray dogs, and cats in the Upstate area, by providing a low-cost, high-quality spay and neuter program.
- Ballet Spartanburg, Inc. – Ballet Spartanburg, Inc., is the recipient of a $6,781 grant to develop a strategic plan aimed at strengthening and expanding board, staff, and faculty leadership. Ballet Spartanburg promotes dance and dance appreciation in Spartanburg County and surrounding areas by providing high quality dance training, education, performance, and outreach.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate, Inc. – Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate, Inc., is the recipient of a $10,000 grant to assist with transportation costs for local field trips and off-site program events. The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate, Inc., provides children with a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals; life-enhancing programs and character development experiences; hope and opportunity.
- EMERGE Family Therapy and Teaching Clinic – Emerge Family Therapy and Teaching Clinic is the recipient of a $10,874 grant to purchase a donor software program that will allow EMERGE to broaden its community outreach and expand its donor base. Emerge Family Therapy and Teaching Clinic is a community-based clinic that provides quality, affordable mental health services on a sliding-fee scale, in addition to providing training to therapists and mental health clinicians.
- Greer Community Outreach Center, Inc. – Greer Community Outreach Center, Inc., is the recipient of a $10,200 grant to purchase twelve computers and additional technology for the start-up of an after-school program. Greer Community Outreach Center strives to create an environment of support and a lifeline of hope for all parents, children, and youth in the community.
- HALTER – HALTER is the recipient of an $18,900 grant to purchase and adapt a mobile unit to create measurable improvements in the access to care for children receiving services at HALTER. The added space will create a treatment space and a waiting and resource room for parents and caregivers. HALTER provides equine-assisted activities and therapy for individuals with special needs and at-risk youth by helping them achieve their maximum potential.
- Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg, Inc. – Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg, Inc., is the recipient of an $8,600 grant to develop a three-year strategic plan, conduct by-laws revision, and to train staff on mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect. Healthy Smiles advocates and promotes the health of Spartanburg County children through free community dental health screenings and education, and free oral health services for qualified children.
- New Day, Inc. of Spartanburg – New Day, Inc. of Spartanburg is the recipient of a $5,433 grant to purchase an automatic floor scrubber that will significantly reduce annual maintenance costs and provide job training opportunities to New Day members. New Day assists adults with varying levels of mental illness so that they may live as independently as possible within the community.
- Spartanburg Area Conservancy (SPACE) – Spartanburg Area Conservancy (SPACE) is the recipient of a $10,000 grant for the restoration of the Cottonwood Trail Boardwalk. Spartanburg Area Conservancy (SPACE) works to protect, conserve, and provide access to conserved land for Spartanburg area residents.
- United Way of the Piedmont – United Way of the Piedmont is the recipient of a $7,500 grant to establish The Spartanburg County Homeless Prevention Fund. The Homeless Prevention Fund will assist in securing and maintaining housing for individuals in Spartanburg County. The United Way of the Piedmont works to create opportunities for a stronger, healthier community in three focus areas: Education, Financial Stability, and Health.
- YMCA of Greater Spartanburg – YMCA of Greater Spartanburg is the recipient of a $6,000 grant to provide 250 swimming lesson scholarships to children, ages 4-14, in the Northside community and surrounding areas. The YMCA of Greater Spartanburg promotes youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility to Spartanburg County residents.