2017 Grant Recipients Selected at Annual Meeting!
At the Annual Meeting on November 1, Impact 100 Baldwin County selected five nonprofits to receive $450,000 in grants at the Impact Annual Meeting at the Daphne Civic Center. Each of the five Baldwin County nonprofits received $90,000 grants, one in each of Impact’s five focus groups: Arts and Culture; Education; Environment, Preservation and Recreation; Family; and Health and Wellness.
At the Annual Meeting, each of the ten finalists had the opportunity to make a 5-minute presentation about their proposed project, after which Impact members voted to select this year’s grantees. The votes were tallied on-site and the five 2017 grant award winners were announced. This year’s grantees are:
ARTS AND CULTURE
Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre PO Box 951, Fairhope, AL 36533; easternshorerep.org
“Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre SHINES: Completion of ESRT’s Lighting and Sound Systems”
This grant will allow the purchase of high-quality lighting and sound equipment that would provide better quality than current rental equipment, eliminate annual rental expenses, provide greater financial control, and increase number of performances and audience capacity.
Baldwin County Education Coalition, Inc. PO Box 932, Summerdale, AL 36580; betterbaldwin.com
“Opening Minds and Doors Through Child Literacy”
This project will provide professional development for over 240 teachers in three specific feeder pattern communities that serve a high number of impoverished students. It will potentially impact over 8600 students in the Guided Reading Initiative for Baldwin County Schools with a goal to increase scores and readability.
ENVIRONMENT, PRESERVATION AND RECREATION
Beckwith Camp & Conference Center 10400 Beckwith Lane, Fairhope, AL 36532; beckwithal.com
“Investing in Its Future and Envisioning Environmentally Friendly and Energy Efficient Facilities”
This grant provides for renovation of Wilson Hall, specifically the kitchen, dining hall, screen porch, and handicap parking area to enable serving 30,000+ meals a year more economically and efficiently; improve accessibility for the disabled, and further increase the number of guests in the future.
South Baldwin Literacy Council 21441 Hwy 98 East, Foley, AL 36535; southbaldwinliteracycouncil.com
“Capital Improvement to the South Baldwin Literacy Council Facility”
Funding would provide for a building addition consisting of four separate 12×12 rooms, greatly needed to accommodate growing demand in South Baldwin County for one-on-one literacy tutoring for adults and children.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
CARE House, Inc. PO Box 884, Summerdale, AL 36580; baldwincountycac.org
“Restoring Hope, Rebuilding Lives”
Impact 100 Funds would be used for a 3000 square foot building expansion which would enable current staff employees/volunteers to have much needed office space to hold private, confidential meetings; and provide a play/lounge area for children, a confidential waiting area, a multi-use teaching room, and additional parking.
This is the 10th year Impact 100 has awarded grants to local nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, Impact 100 Baldwin County has awarded 22 grants, totaling $2.1 million to nonprofit organizations serving Baldwin County. This year’s awards will bring the total awarded to 27 grants, totaling $2.6 million.