Building community – Two grant programs

By Todd Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Strengthening neighborhoods and supporting young people are the focus of $21,000 in grants awarded through the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

The grants represent the initial rounds of funding for three-year pilot programs in both the neighborhood and youth initiatives.

Four Greensboro neighborhoods are getting $10,000 from a pool of $35,000 provided jointly by the community foundation, Cemala Foundation, Moses Cone-Wesley Long Community Health Foundation, Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation and Weaver Foundation.

The initial grants include $3,000 each to fund a leadership development program for Ole Asheboro Street, planning meetings and a neighborhood event for Northeast, and uniforms and equipment for a softball team in Hampton Homes, plus $1,000 to River Birch to plan a program for neighborhood youngsters.

Deadlines to apply for additional neighborhood grants are June 1, Aug. 1, Oct. 1 and Dec. 3. For information, call Karen Young at the community foundation at 336-379-9100 or the Greensboro Center for Neighborhood Information at the Glenwood Branch of the Greensboro Public Library at 336-297-5000.

Youngsters are the focus of another $11,000 in grants awarded to five local programs by 25 high school students participating in a new youth philanthropy program created by the community foundation and United Way of Greater Greensboro to help involve students in philanthropy and the community through grantmaking.

Grants include $1,000 to Hunter Elementary School to boost student literacy and get parents involved in reading, and $2,500 each to Ferndale Middle School to buy books, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art for a photo project and exhibit, Time Out Connections to support a volunteer youth program, and Wiley Elementary School for a breakfast mentoring club.

Students on the grantmaking board represent Dudley, Northeast, Grimsley, Page, Smith and Southeast high schools.

The foundation aims to raise another $10,000 for the youth grantmaking program in 2002. For information, call Young.

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