The Community Foundation of Howard County has awarded $105,800 in competitive grants during the second half of 2013. Combined with the first half total of $50,000, this brings the total of competitive grants awarded to $155,800 for the year.
“These grants support a wide range of interests throughout Howard County,” said Joe Dunbar, chairman of the Community Foundation of Howard County Grants Committee. “Our donors have varied interests so this is a good way to connect donor giving to the community. The competitive grant process helps to fund projects with the greatest need. We thank our donors for wanting to improve the quality of life in their community through the Foundation.”
The following agencies and programs were awarded grants:
• $4,800 to 4 Precious Paws Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic provides funding to complete renovations to the new clinic. Grant money will be used to help complete the dog and cat rooms, office space, break room and surgical suite.
• $1,000 to the Book Readers and Horn Blowers supports the “George Gershwin: American Master” program at Taylor Primary and Intermediate schools. During an interactive school convocation, a professional story teller explores the story of Gershwin’s life and work accompanied by a brass quintet playing his music.
• $15,000 to the Crossing Education Center will provide funding support for “The Crossing Job Training Program” for at-risk teens in Howard County. The Job Training Program will partner with Advantage Housing to provide at-risk teens with the opportunity to learn life skills, work experience, soft-skill training, and application and resume preparation. Students will work with Advantage Housing to restore distressed houses in the community in order to help meet the need for quality, affordable housing.
• $2,000 to First Christian Church provides funding support for the “Happy Teeth Clinic” program. Grant money will be used to provide second grade students with a dental exam and a sealant applied to molars of those students who have no cavities. Exams are performed by Ivy Tech Community College dental students and volunteer dentists.