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COVID-19 Fund grants $788k to 71 local organizations

The United Way of Central Georgia and Community Foundation of Central Georgia announced today the Central Georgia COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund’s 7th disbursement. Through this 7th round of grants, the fund will distribute $788,000 to 71 Central Georgia organizations. It’s the fund’s largest number and dollar amount of grants awarded in the Central Georgia community to date. This round of grants brings the total grants awarded from the fund to 102 grants and $1,213,478. The breakdown of grants by county and category are listed in the tables below:

County

Total # of grants awarded

Total $ of grants award

Baldwin

9

$113,500

Bibb

56

$601,279

Butts

1

$10,000

Crawford

1

$17,500

Dodge

1

$6,000

Hancock

2

$22,500

Houston

15

$164,500

Lamar

4

$30,000

Putnam

3

$23,000

Spalding

1

$10,000

Multi

9

$215,199

ALL

102

$1,213,478

 

 

Category

Total # of grants awarded

Total $ of grants award

Arts

12

$135,000

Assistance

15

$165,000

Childcare

15

$166,000

Domestic Violence

2

$30,000

Food

26

$309,000

Housing

4

$42,500

Internet

4

$67,000

Medical

4

$42,500

Mental Health

3

$30,000

Social Services

9

$75,958

Workforce

8

$150,500

ALL

102

$1,213,458

 
 
“The 102 grants awarded from the fund ensure that those most adversely affected by the health and financial crisis can find help and support,” said Kathryn Dennis, President of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. “While a lot remains to be done and the months ahead are uncertain, the generosity of our donors and the hard work of innovative and collaborative nonprofit leaders fuels my hope and encourages me to keep pushing forward.”
 
“While none of us could have anticipated the unprecedented events that we are experiencing, it has been rewarding and inspiring to see how so many different sectors in our community have come together to support those most affected by the pandemic,” said George McCanless, President and CEO of United Way of Central Georgia.  “These new partnerships have strengthened the ability of our community to care for one another, and will continue to be a valuable asset as we navigate through the remainder of this pandemic and into the future.”
 
These grants are part of an ongoing process with the dollar amounts approved by the Central Georgia COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund committee. At the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia (CFCG) and United Way of Central Georgia (UWCG) announced the Central Georgia COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund to provide funding to nonprofit organizations supporting people affected by the pandemic.  To identify the immediate and critical needs to support those most vulnerable, Community Foundation and United Way staff are also hosting bi-weekly calls focused in eight key sectors with nonprofit leaders across Central Georgia. 
 
The fund began with commitments of $675,000 thanks in large part to a grant of $500,000 from The Peyton Anderson Foundation. In addition, CFCG, UWCG and The Griffith Foundation each contributed $50,000, and an anonymous donor contributed $25,000 to seed the fund.
 
Since that time, generous grants have been made by the following:  
$725,000 from the Knight Foundation funds of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia
$214,188 from generous fundholders at the Community Foundation of Central Georgia
An additional $140,000 from Community Foundation of Central Georgia
$84,131 from 478 Sings United contest
$51,514 in individual contributions to our WMAZ telethon
$40,000 from Jeff Smith Automotive
$30,000 from the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation
$20,245 from generous contributors to United Way
$20,000 from the Prince Family Foundation
$20,000 from the Zeist Foundation
$11,230 from reallocations to the fund from company sponsors of United Way’s cancelled Annual Awards Luncheon
$10,000 from GEICO
$10,000 from Wells Fargo
$10,000 from Truist Foundation
 
To donate to the Central Georgia COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund, please visit here.
 
If you would like to contribute stock or other assets please contact Julia Wood at the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, (478) 750-9338.