Local women’s collective giving organization Greenville Women Giving (GWG) announced today it has awarded $550,000 in grant funding to non-profit organizations in Greenville County.
Grants were made to 11 organizations in the amount of $50,000 each and may be applied toward the non-profit’s core mission, such as supporting or expanding services, covering operating expenses, program development, capacity funding, or improving effectiveness and efficiency.
This type of mission-critical granting represents a temporary departure from GWG’s typical focus and came about as a direct response to the financial strains placed on non-profits during the Covid-19 pandemic
“COVID-19 created so many overwhelming needs throughout our community that we knew the highest impact we could have was to create more opportunities for more non-profits to support more people,” said GWG Co-Chair Susan Cinquemani. “Our goal this year was to award 10 $50,000 grants, but thanks to the strength of our membership we were thrilled to be able to award 11.”
This year’s funding grantees are:
- Center for Developmental Services – $50,000 for operating funds to continue providing multi-discipline services in a single setting for special needs children.
- A Child’s Haven – $50,000 to expand all-day, therapeutic childcare for at-risk children with developmental and behavioral issues.
- Greenville Free Medical Clinic – $50,000 to hire a mental health counselor to provide therapy, counseling and crisis intervention for those unable to afford medical care.
- Greenville Symphony Association – $50,000 operating funds to support the salaries of core musicians until revenue from live performances resumes.
- Greenville Tech Foundation – $50,000 to support two programs that help students with short-term financial needs continue their education.
- Mill Community Ministries – $50,000 to support the Youth Leadership Program, teaching students job skills while growing fresh produce in communities that lack affordable, healthy food.
- OnTrack Greenville – $50,000 to support a school-based collaboration aligning community resources to identify learning gaps due to the pandemic and keep students on track to high school graduation.
- Project Host – $50,000 to renovate the aging soup kitchen for this agency serving the hungry six days per week, while also engaging in community outreach.
- Safe Harbor – $50,000 operating funds to offset a budget shortfall compounded by an increased need for comprehensive services and residential shelter for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
- Servants for Sight – $50,000 to increase the number of uninsured people receiving vision services such as eye exams, glasses, medical eye care and surgery.
- United Housing Connections – $50,000 for the Home Again program which provides housing solutions for families with children currently living week-to-week in motels.
More about the organizations that received 2021 grant funding may be found by clicking the link to this video.
Grants are funded by the contributions of Greenville Women Giving members. Membership in Greenville Women Giving is open to all women who commit to the annual contribution. For information about membership, upcoming events and grants, please visit greenvillewomengiving.org or follow GWG on Facebook (@GreenvilleWomen).