At a virtual Annual Grant Awards event held on October 27th, Impact 100 Baldwin County awarded five grants of $90,000 each to area nonprofits across Impact’s focus areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Preservation and Recreation; Family; and Health and Wellness.
The ten finalists made 5-minute presentation about their projects which were videotaped and uploaded for members to view before voting. Ballots were submitted, counted and the recipients announced in an awards celebration that livestreamed on Facebook.
The 2020 grants were awarded to:
Arts, Culture and Recreation – Eastern Shore Art Center
A center for the visual arts, ESAC presents over 25 exhibits per year and educates nearly 200 people in the visual arts. Impact’s funding will allow them to revamp the entry way to the ESAC Academy thereby reducing potential accidents. They will also revamp Studio 2 creating a better experience for students and introducing arts instruction though a virtual learning platform.
Education – Exploreum Science Center
The Exploreum is an interactive science center in Mobile with hands-on educational experiences that reflect the most current research in STEM education. The grant will fund outreach programs providing on-site or virtual science education to schools and other locations in Baldwin County in order to inspire students’ interest in science studies and STEM-related careers.
Environment and Preservation – Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Foundation
The Zoo creates experiences that connect people and communities to wildlife in order to inspire personal responsibility for the natural world. Grant funds will be used to purchase audio/communication equipment for the Zoo’s three new presentation areas: Main Event, Amphitheater, and Swamp Stages. This will enhance their educational endeavors.
Family – Family Promise of Baldwin County
Family Promise focuses on initiatives that strengthen and enhance the lives of homeless children and families. Impact’s funding will provide housing assistance for the first month’s rent to move homeless families out of shelters quickly. In addition, funds will cover a new roof and repaving the driveway at their Summerdale Day Center.
Health and Wellness – Hope Center
Hope Center, a ministry of 3Circle Church, offers low cost marriage, family and individual counseling by licensed professionals to residents who have no health insurance or are under-insured. The grant will enable them to convert existing medical space which will expand capacity from one room to 2,000 square feet comprising multiple rooms with five dedicated to patient counseling spaces.