2018 Community Enrichment Grants Announced

LCCF Board of Directors

 

The Laurens County Community Foundation this week announced the awarding of over $49,000 in annual grants as part of the foundation’s mission to enrich Laurens County. In making the announcement, LCCF Board Member and Grant Committee Chair Ed Gouge said, “Laurens County is blessed to have many organizations that imagine ways of making life better in our community, and the LCCF is blessed to be able through its programs to help some of those imagined ways become reality.”

Programs receiving support from the foundation’s 2018 Community Enrichment Grants include the Church of the Epiphany, assisting their backpack program at Ford Elementary School. In District 56, Clinton Middle School receives funding to establish a “Wildcat Café” which will provide workforce training and skills for students with disabilities and special needs. Clinton and Eastside Elementary Schools are receiving funding to provide a 3D printer for gifted and talented students, targeting STEM educational development and workforce training skills

Laurens Rotary Club is receiving funding for their participation in the backpack program at E.B. Morse Elementary School. The YMCA of Greater Laurens is receiving financial assistance for a water safety program to reach children at risk of drowning through education about water safety and swimming basics, including free swimming lessons.

In addition to the 2018 Community Enrichment Grants, the Laurens County Community Foundation also announced that more than $17,500 has been given through the Laurens County Future Scholarship Program to cover 2018 fall tuition for local students attending Piedmont Technical College and USC-Union, Laurens campus.   The Laurens County Future Scholarship provides recent Laurens County high school graduates with a tuition-free path to complete two years of technical training, or the first half of a bachelor’s degree. For more information about the scholarship visit: www.futurescholarship.org.

The Foundation announces it has been selected  Another $25,000 grant was announced this week by the foundation from the HM Shaw Fund, honoring the memory of the late Mr. Shaw. His daughter, Ann Shaw Cornelson, serves as principal advisor. She has chosen the Laurens County Community Foundation as a viable outlet to assume responsibilities of administrating the HM Shaw Foundation Fund.