Granville foundation awards $19,000 in grants

Jul. 28, 2014 @ 08:03 PM

The Granville County Community Foundation will issue more than $19,000 in grants to 10 organizations this year.

The awards, raised through community fundraisers, were announced Monday.

The foundation will fund two new nonprofits this year, according to Katie Crumpler, the North Carolina Community Foundation’s northern Piedmont associate.

The Raleigh-based Autism Society of North Carolina received a first-time award of $1,000 for program scholarships to send children with autism to Camp Royall, 133-acre recreational summer camp. The Henderson Community Concert Association received its first award of $700 for a children’s concert, as well.

The Granville County Historical Society Museum, which has received several grants in the past, got $1,000 for a security equipment update this year.

Museum executive director Pam Thornton said the money will be used to enhance video monitoring and install devices that will count daily visitors.

“This is really going to be an asset to us because we need to keep these statistics for future grants,” she said.

Granville County Community Foundation also awarded:

• Area Congregations in Ministry of Oxford — an organization providing food, medical, utilities, and temporary shelter to those in need — with $4,271 for a refrigerated room to store fresh produce.

• The Granville County Extension Volunteer Association, affiliated with Granville County Cooperative Extension, with $3,937 for the backpack buddies program.

• Prevent Blindness North Carolina — which also received $740 from the Vance County Community Foundation — with $592 for Star Pupils, a program centered on youth eye health and safety.

• Remnant Community Development Corporation with $2,000 for a back-to-school rally.

• St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church with $2,500 for its after-school literacy center.

• The Humane Society of Granville County with $2,000 for a Granville spa day.

• Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Outreach Ministry with $1,000 for general operating support.

Janet Slaughter, Granville Community College Foundation president, said the applicants were awarded based on specific projects and funding they asked for.

“We are delighted that we had that much to give this year,” she said.

She said it was important that the projects benefit Granville County.

“It might be a name that is not in Granville County, but is has to be doing something for Granville County,” she said.

Crumpler said the foundation’s board of directors approved the grants June 22, and checks will go out to recipients soon.

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.