Impact 100 Baldwin County Awards Five $90,000 Grants


Impact 100 Baldwin County Awards Five $90,000 Grants

 

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama – At its Annual Grant Awards on October 27, Impact 100 Baldwin County awarded $450,000 to area nonprofits. Each of the five agencies received $90,000 grants across Impact’s five focus areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Preservation and Recreation; Family; and Health and Wellness.

With the need greater than ever this year, the five nonprofit organizations were selected from a highly competitive field of applicants. Given the pandemic, Impact 100 Baldwin County pivoted quickly. Social distancing and other safety measures did not interfere with the rigorous review process which included virtual site visits, detailed financial analysis and in-depth discussions within the respective focus areas. The ten finalists made 5-minute presentation about their projects which were videotaped and uploaded for members to view before voting. Ballots were submitted, counted and the recipients announced in a virtual awards celebration that livestreamed on Facebook.

The 2020 grant recipients are:

ARTS & CULTURE

Eastern Shore Art Center

A center for the visual arts, ESAC presents over 25 exhibits per year and educates nearly 200 people in the visual arts. Impact’s funding would allow them to revamp the entry way to the ESAC Academy thereby reducing potential accidents. They would also revamp Studio 2 creating a better experience for students and introducing arts instruction though a virtual learning platform.

EDUCATION

Exploreum Science Center

The Exploreum is an interactive science center in Mobile with hands-on educational experiences that reflect the most current research in STEM education. The grant would fund outreach programs providing on-site or virtual science education to schools and other locations in Baldwin County in order to inspire students’ interest in science studies and STEM-related careers.

ENVIRONMENT, PRESERVATION & RECREATION

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Foundation

The Zoo creates experiences that connect people and communities to wildlife in order to inspire personal responsibility for the natural world. Grant funds would be used to purchase audio/communication equipment for the Zoo’s three new presentation areas: Main Event, Amphitheater, and Swamp Stages. This will enhance their educational endeavors.

FAMILY

Family Promise of Baldwin County

Family Promise focuses on initiatives that strengthen and enhance the lives of homeless children and families. Impact’s funding will provide housing assistance for the first month’s rent to move homeless families out of shelters quickly. In addition, funds will cover a new roof and repaving the driveway at their Summerdale Day Center.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Hope Center Hope Center, a ministry of 3Circle Church, offers low cost marriage, family and individual counseling by licensed professionals to residents who have no health insurance or are under-insured. The grant allows them to convert existing medical space which will expand capacity from one room to 2,000 square feet comprising multiple rooms with five dedicated to patient counseling.

 

This is the 13th year Impact 100 Baldwin County has awarded grants to nonprofits with programs in our county. Since its inception in 2008, Impact 100 Baldwin County has awarded 43 grants totaling $4 million. Impact 100 is an all-volunteer philanthropic organization comprised of women coming together to make high-impact grants to improve the lives of people in Baldwin County.









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