Foundation awards $50,000 in grants to local charities

NEW HANOVER COUNTY – The New Hanover County Community Foundation recently awarded grants to 15 local organizations aimed at increasing food security, safe and equitable housing, and youth development, and more.

“We are thrilled to make these grants to support our community,” said NHCCF President Justin Burgess. “These organizations serve critical needs in New Hanover and we are proud to support their work.”

The distributions, totaling $49,500, include:

  • $2,500 to A Safe Place (The Center of Redemption) for a minor prevention program, EmpoweredMe!
  • $3,000 to the Assistance League of Greater Wilmington for the Operation School Bell project
  • $4,690 to Bread for Life Senior Pantry for general operational support
  • $2,500 to the Brooklyn Arts Music Academy for Music Is Life! program
  • $3,500 to Cape Fear Guardian Ad Litem Association for the Help a Kid Be a Kid program
  • $2,500 to Diaper Bank of North Carolina for Distributing Dignity: Meeting Diaper Needs in New Hanover County
  • $5,000 to Domestic Violence Shelter & Services for general operating support
  • $5,150 to Family Promise of the Lower Cape Fear for the Prevention Matters program
  • $1,160 to the Historic Wilmington Foundation for the Giblem Lodge roof and windows
  • $3,000 to NSEA Swim for the 2022-23 NSEA Swimclusion Program
  • $2,500 to Open House Youth Shelter of Coastal Horizons Center for program support
  • $2,500 to prevent blindness in North Carolina for star students in New Hanover County
  • $4,000 to the Carousel Center to help children heal from abuse
  • $5,000 to Tides Inc. for general operational support and development
  • $2,500 to the YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina for YMCA After-School Scholarships

Funds come from the NHCCF Community Grant Fund, 1898 Memorial Endowment, Food Bank of Coastal Carolina Fund, Lucille Murchison Marvin Fund, and Suzanne and George Taylor Endowment. The Community Grant Fund is one of many funds overseen by the foundation, several funds intended to meet local needs, including the competitive grant program held each year.

The New Hanover County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, was founded in 1987. It is governed by a local volunteer advisory board that assists community-building efforts by creating ongoing endowments, granting grants and leveraging leadership and partnerships.

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