Community Foundations awards $200,000 in grants

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The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country awarded over $200,000 in grants to nonprofits through its competitive grant cycle.

The Community Foundation granted more funds this year than it has in the past six years.

“The review committee looked at dozens of applications, and it recommended strong organizations and programs this cycle. I’m pleased that we were able to support so many worthy causes,” said Austin Dickson, Executive Director.

The Community Foundation awards competitive grants through its Community Impact Fund, a program where local nonprofits submit funding requests.

“We’re thrilled with this investment in our community health programming,” said Amanda Stevens, executive director of the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation, which received $11,500 for a hypertension screening, prevention and management program for low-income residents. “This grant helps meet emerging healthcare needs in our area.”

In addition, The Good Samaritan Center received $10,000 for their Women’s Health Program.

Hill Country Alliance received $15,000 for its “Dark Skies” programming in Gillespie County.

The Community Foundation made 21 grants in total, including awards to the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, the Texas Heritage Music Foundation, Hill Country CASA and the Hill Country University Center.

In addition to competitive grants, the Community Foundation trustees over 200 funds of local philanthropists. So far this year, the foundation’s donors have made $1 million in grants to the community and $159,100 in academic scholarship awards.

The foundation not only supports nonprofits and works with donors in Fredericksburg and surrounding areas, but it also offers learning opportunities on philanthropy, investments, and nonprofit management.

The foundation’s annual Nonprofit Summit is Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Hill Country University Center; this year’s emphases are strategic planning and financial management.

Nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers can register at www.communityfoundation.net.