EC Foundation awards $80K in grants

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Drummer Thomas Taylor Jr. was a past performer at Arts of the Albemarle's "Third Thursday Jazz Series." AoA has received a $7,00 grant from the Elizabeth City Foundation to attract bands for the series and better market it.


From staff reports

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Children’s programs, the Red Cross’ disaster relief program, and Albemarle Hopeline’s domestic violence shelter are among this year’s recipients of more than $80,000 in grant funding from the Elizabeth City Foundation.

The foundation awarded 10 grants to area nonprofits worth a total of $80,369 during its fall 2017 grant cycle, Executive Director David Griffin announced in a press release Wednesday.

Albemarle Hopeline received the largest single grant in the fall cycle, $15,000. The group, which both raises awareness about domestic violence and helps its victims, will use the funds for repair and maintenance work at its women’s shelter. According to the foundation, the ceiling and drywall in three offices, a conference room and five bedrooms need replacing because of water damage. In addition, the shelter needs a new gutter system.

Two organizations that work with children — Girls Incorporated and Boys & Girls Club of the Albemarle — received the next largest grants from the foundation, $12,500 each.

Girls Inc. will use part of its grant to fund its “Free to Be Me” after-school program which helps participants build confidence through hands-on activities, role-playing and problem-solving. The other part of Girls Inc.’s grant will be used to repair and maintain outdoor facilities, including a storage shed roof, benches, an entrance ramp and picnic tables.

The Boys & Girls Club will use its $12,500 grant for its “Project Learn” after-school program. Participants in “Project Learn” take part in tutoring and homework-help sessions, book clubs, and writing and discussion activities.

The Greater Albemarle Chapter of the American Red Cross received the third-largest foundation grant, $10,000. The funds will help support the agency’s disaster relief program that provides assistance to victims of house fires and other disasters. The program pays victims’ costs for food, clothing and motel rooms.

Arts of the Albemarle and the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina received the next largest grant awards, $7,000 each.

AoA will use its funds for its “Third Thursday Jazz Series” next year. Monies will be spent hiring predominantly African American jazz bands from the region, a booking agent to sign up the bands, and marketing to promote the jazz series.

The SPCA will use its grant for its “Shelter Snip Program.” The program pays for the spaying and neutering of animals brought to the shelter, making them more attractive for adoption. Two hundred twenty-two shelter animals have been either spayed or neutered through the program so far. The SPCA projects another 380 will be spayed or neutered with the help of the foundation grant.

Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle received the next-largest grant award, $5,119. The group helps support museum operations not funded with state dollars.

Following closely behind the Friends of the Museum was the Tidewater Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which received a $5,000 grant.

The Tidewater Council plans to use its grant developing new Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews and Exploring Posts in Elizabeth City. The council’s expenses include training leaders, conducting summer day camps, and recruiting new members.

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast also received a foundation grant. The Girl Scout organization will use its $3,750 on its “Full Steam Ahead” STEM education program. The funding will pay for 75 girls in Pasquotank County to take part in the program through Sept. 30, 2018.

The foundation also awarded $2,500 to the SAFE Schools Fund through the Education Foundation for the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools. The grant will help fund the purchase of 30 security cameras at the district’s seven elementary schools, two middle schools and at H.L. Trigg Alternative School. The project is expected to cost $25,500; the SAFE Schools Fund will use donations it already has as well as donations from Southern Bank and Elizabeth City Morning Rotary to buy and install the cameras.

According to Griffin, the Elizabeth City Foundation provides grants to civic and cultural organizations that work “with youth and adults to improve the lives of Elizabeth City area residents.”

Founded in 1959, the foundation is governed by a seven-member board.