Eighteen nonprofits serving Georgetown County received a total of $249,995 in grants by the Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation of Pawleys Island.
The Grants for the Common Good program of the foundation are competitive, with an application and evaluation process. The grants awarded were for a cycle completed in late April. The next cycle started Monday for grants in the Bunnelle mission areas of Promoting Economic Vitality, Preserving the Environment and Meeting Basic Human Needs. Organizations may send letter of intent applications until July 13, Executive Director Geales Sands said. In the competitive grants cycles, typically 30 percent to 40 percent more applications are received than grants awarded.
Grants from $20,000 to $7,500 were awarded in the Bunnelle mission areas of Addressing the Root Causes of Poverty and Encouraging Positive Youth Development. For their anti-poverty programs, the Nurse-Family Partnership received $20,000 and Tri-County Regional Development Corp. $9,335.
Freedom Readers, an after-school tutoring program for at-risk children, received a $20,000 grant for its youth development programs. Freedom Readers started in Conway and expanded to Georgetown County. Additional $20,000 grants are to Georgetown County Family YMCA, Grand Strand Tech Council and Little Smurf’s. Carolina Human Reinvestment received $19,560.
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The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle Beach was among recipients of $10,000 grants. Sands said the museum brings at-risk Georgetown County children to Myrtle Beach for art education programs the kids would not otherwise have in their summer programs. Also receiving $10,000 grants were the Cultural Council of Georgetown County, Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina, Girls on the Run Grand Strand, and the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics.
Other youth development grant recipients are the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, $16,500; Hugs for Horses, $13,800; S.O.S. Health Care, $15,300; Reach Out and Read Carolinas, $9,500; The First Tee of the Grand Strand, $8,500; Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina, $7,500.
“These nonprofits share our goal of improving the quality of life for Georgetown County residents,” Sands said. “We are pleased and proud to support them. We hope that everyone will consider giving their time, talent and treasure to these fine organizations.”
Frances Peace Bunnelle established the foundation prior to her death in 2000 at age 95.
“She set up the foundation before she died to benefit Georgetown County residents,” Sands said.
The foundation made its first grants in 2003. Sands has been the foundation’s executive director since its founding.
For more information about the current competitive grant cycle of the Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation, visit online at www.bunnelle.org
Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation
P.O. Box 1965
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Phone | (843) 237-1222