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Greenville Women Giving Announces 2024 Awards

May 14, 2024 06:00PM ● By Donna Isbell Walker

(Photo of Loaves & Fishes provided by GWG)

Greenville Women Giving announced awards of $503,555 to six local nonprofit organizations in Greenville County at an event on May 14, 2024.

The organization has awarded more than $8.5 million to 92 organizations since its inception in 2006.

This year’s six grantees were chosen from an applicant pool of 54, and the recipients were selected by a vote of the Greenville Women Giving (GWG) membership.

“Greenville Women Giving is thrilled to be able to make a positive impact on these extremely worthy organizations,” said GWG Co-Chair Jane Pannier said. “The sheer volume of grant applications this year tells us our community’s needs are growing. Through the collective giving of our 500+ members, we can initiate lasting change for the good of our community. The more members we have to contribute, the greater our impact can be.”

GWG grants are awarded to organizations that serve Greenville County, and focus on five areas: arts, education, environment, health, and human services. The award amounts range from $50,000 to $100,000.

The grants are funded by the contributions of GWG members.

The recipients for the 2024 grants are:

Arts: South Carolina Children’s Theatre receives $76,430 to purchase assistive technology for individuals with sensory sensitivities. The grant will allow for the purchase of two live-feed cameras and viewing screens for both theater spaces, side tab curtains, and microphones, allowing patrons, regardless of their abilities, to enjoy the productions.

Education: Nicholtown Child and Family Collaborative receives $100,000 over two years to help fund staff salaries, program supplies, and participant meals for individuals in the Nurturing Parentings Skills and Parent Café program. The program provides free, family-based education and training for adults who have experienced child abuse and neglect or who are at high risk for repeating the cycle of abuse and neglect with their own children.

Environment: Loaves & Fishes receives $100,000 over two years to help cover the operating costs of four refrigerated trucks that deliver donated perishable produce to organizations in Greenville County providing nutritious meals to individuals who would otherwise go unfed. Loaves & Fishes allows the food to be used by people who need it, while also preventing the produce from ending up in a landfill, producing methane gas and chemical leakage into the groundwater. The funding also will allow Loaves & Fishes to expand its routes and feed more people.

Health: The Period Project receives $80,000 to distribute 12,100 period packs in Greenville County for one year. The period packs will improve the menstrual health of women and girls who have no or limited access to monthly menstrual products. The packs also include health cards so that the recipients can document their menstrual cycle information to discuss with their health care provider.

Human services: Generations Group Home receives $50,000 to update the 32-year-old kitchen of its nationally accredited residential and psychiatric treatment facility for young boys who are victims of sexual abuse. The updated kitchen will allow the organization to store frozen food donations and purchased items and to properly sanitize kitchen utensils.

Human services: Greenville Homeless Alliance receives $97,125 to construct two tiny homes designed by Fine Arts Center architecture students, built by Soteria prison re-entry program participants, and rented to Soteria program graduates. This is the pilot phase of a program that would create a mixed-income neighborhood with up to 30 tiny homes for individuals re-entering society after incarceration, as well as people emerging from chronic homelessness. GWG officials said it is thought to be the first program of its kind in the nation.