The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi awarded 77 grants in the first quarter of 2019.
Grants totaling $236,903 were from individual or family funds set up at the foundation by charitable donors or from funds set up for nonprofit organizations. In addition, the Grants Committee reviewed grant applications and the Board of Directors approved an additional $63,000 from the foundation’s competitive endowments.
The Community Foundation since its founding in 2002 has awarded over $22 million to over 700 charitable programs.
“We serve 11 counties, and all of the nonprofits we support are providing programs that enhance the quality of life in Northwest Mississippi,” said pastor Bartholomew Orr, chairman of the Board of Directors. “We are honored to partner with nonprofit organizations who are truly making a positive impact on the lives of others.”
The local nonprofits who were awarded grants included:
* Spring Initiative, Inc., of Coahoma County, which received a $22,000 grant from the Early Childhood Education Endowment for MINI Spring initiative. The initiative serves first- and second-grade students providing holistic, intensive, personalized wrap-around support services that will result in improved academic achievement and decreased negative behaviors.
* The Coahoma County Higher Ed Center, which received a $2,500 match grant from the Endowment for the Future of Northwest Mississippi to continue CAMP ROCK (Recreation and Outdoors for Coahoma Kids), which is part of the ongoing Healthy Campus / community initiative program. The camp builds a culture of health and wellness in the city of Clarksdale by teaching young people that active living through physical activity can be fun and beneficial for their long-term health, and it provides youth with a strong nutritional foundation.
The Community Foundation manages 240 donor-established funds and has distributed over $22 million to support more than 700 charitable organizations and activities recommended by its donors, as well as charitable programs established by the foundation.
Established in 2002 with a generous grant from the Maddox Foundation, the Community Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 charitable organization. The foundation serves Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Tunica counties. A board of 19 volunteer civic leaders governs the Community Foundation. Learn more about the Community Foundation at www.cfnm.org or call 662-449-5002.