5/31/2018 9:02:00 PM LCCF Grants for 2018 Total Over $29,000
Walter Clark chairs the Lincoln County Community Foundation Board of Trustees. Rege Eger is the vice chair. Other members include Rosalind Welder, Immediate Past Chair; David Lee, Guy Cline, Panico Peres, Elaine Harmon, Elaine Jenkins, Joe Lampron, Chris Rhyne, Willie Heafner, Tony Simpson, Wayne Hoyle, and Teresa Watson.
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Wayne Howard Staff Writer
For the second year in a row, the Lincoln County Community Foundation has awarded more than $29,000 in grants to local agencies. This year, the board awarded $29,695 to 15 local nonprofits.
Grants support causes ranging from health to human services. LCCF – an affiliate of Charlotte-based Foundation For The Carolinas – has awarded a record $59,225 combined over the last two years. Under Give, Grant, Grow Lincoln County – a new partnership between the Lincoln County Community Foundation and Foundation For The Carolinas – local grants have grown 53 percent since 2016.
With Give, Grant, Grow Lincoln County, current and former board members’ contributions are matched by FFTC and awarded to local nonprofits. “Our board is thrilled to see our grantmaking continue to grow,” said Walter Clark, Lincoln County Community Foundation board chair. “We are fortunate to have strong local nonprofits, and we are grateful to be able to support their important work.”
Special Olympics North Carolina was one of the beneficiaries of LCCF’s increased grant funding. They were awarded $5,000. They provide health services to the community and will use the grant to host the first two-week summer day camp for Lincoln County children with intellectual disabilities. “We are so grateful for support from the Lincoln County Community Foundation, as these funds will help us expand our inclusive sports program for people with intellectual disabilities and their peers who do not have an intellectual disability,” said Keith Fishburne, president and CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina. “Additionally, we look forward to introducing new sports during our summer camp.”
The Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence received a grant of $1195 to update their playground for children at the shelter, and the United Way of Lincoln County received a grant for $2,000 to repair and replace basketball equipment at the Oaklawn Development Center and the Asbury Resource Center.
Other grants for this year included $1,500 to Hesed House of Hope homeless shelter, $1,000 to Least of These Carolinas to provide beds and other necessities for children in Lincoln County that reside in foster and kinship care, $2,000 to the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse to provide training to Dental professionals to be able to identify victims of child abuse in their care, a total of $4,000 to the Lincoln County Family YMCA-- $2,000 to provide scholarship funding for their afterschool program and $2,000 to help fund their Preschool by forming classrooms and providing equipment for swim lessons.
Other grants were presented to Speak Up for Children: $2,000 to provide tutoring to foster care children in Lincoln County during the Summer; the Lincoln County Public Library: $1,500 to expand access to StoryWalks at West Lincoln Park, allowing families to access literacy education while also being physically active; Aspire Youth & Family: $2,000 to provide at-risk youth with hands on culinary arts training and assist them with internship and job placement; the Partnership for Children of Lincoln/Gaston counties: $1,500 to expand their Reach Out and Read program, a nationally recognized intervention that promotes language development for children up to age 5; Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte: $2,000 to host Lincoln County families with a safe place to stay for the duration of their child’s hospital stay; Sally’s YMCA: $2,000 to provide a free program for cancer survivors to meet with an instructor for personalized exercise classes; and Shining Hope Farms: $2,000 to provide assisted therapies for Lincoln County children with disabilities.
Established in 2001 as a permanent endowment, the Lincoln County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Charlotte-based Foundation For The Carolinas, benefits a wide range of charitable purposes in Lincoln County. The Lincoln County Community Foundation inspires philanthropy, increases charitable giving and strengthens the community. For more information visit www.lincolncounty-cf.org.
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