Greenville Women Giving has awarded $517,980 in grant funding to six nonprofit organizations in Greenville County.
Since its inception in 2006, GWG has awarded 146 grants to 89 nonprofits for a total of over $8 million.
“Collective giving has a tremendous impact,” said GWG Co-Chair Susan Cinquemani. “Working together with local non-profit partners, including this year’s grant recipients, we are able to address significant needs in our community with grants that will affect far-reaching positive change.”
A total of 71 qualified grant applications were submitted to Greenville Women Giving for consideration.
To qualify, an application for a GWG grant must meet a need in at least one of GWG’s five focus areas: arts, education, environment, health, and human services.
In addition, the grant request must provide services in Greenville County and range from $50,000 to $100,000. Based on a vote of GWG members, six organizations were selected to receive grants this year.
The 2023 grantees are:
Fostering Great Ideas: $71,468 to hire a second former foster child to serve as a certified life coach for teens aging out of the state foster care system. The grant will enable an additional 43 teens to receive assistance and counseling to guide them toward productive and meaningful lives.
Greenville County Historic and Natural Resources Trust: $100,000 to preserve farmland with minority owners, a group whose land ownership has declined by 95 percent over the last century. The funds will be used to place conservation easements on 200 acres of farmlands in southern Greenville County.
Greenville County Schools Fine Arts Center: $81,085 over two years to expand the Summer Arts program to engage underserved, talented 7th and 8th graders in arts instruction. The expanded program will allow 70 students from Title 1 schools to participate in the summer programs with the goal of acceptance to the Fine Arts Center.
New Morning: $90,000 to address the needs of over 30,000 low-income and uninsured women in Greenville County who need access to free and low-cost contraceptive health-care services with the intent to prevent unintended and mistimed pregnancies. The grant will allow New Morning to serve an additional 3,000 women and train local health-care workers on contraceptive practices and procurement practices.
Public Education Partners: $75,427 to fund the third and final year of a pilot program in Greenville County that provides training in Conscious Discipline, a promising research-based classroom management program that addresses both teacher and student needs to create a healthy learning environment. The grant will fund the program in 27 schools.
Safe Harbor: $100,000 over two years to assist in the construction of a new domestic violence shelter and co-located services center that will increase the bed count from 34 to 56, increase the number served by 100 residents and improve services and facilities for domestic violence victims. The GWG grant will fund four two-bedroom/one-bathroom units in the new 45,000-sq.-ft. facility.
More about the organizations that received 2023 grant funding may be found by clicking the link to this video.
Grants are funded by the contributions of Greenville Women Giving members.