Georgia Bulletin

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Catholic Foundation of North Georgia announces fall grants

Published January 11, 2022

ATLANTA—The Catholic Foundation of North Georgia issued 96 grants totaling $258,900 for the 2021 competitive fall grant cycle. Funding for the grants is provided by 11 endowment funds designated for various charitable fields of interests.

The foundation accepts grant applications and makes awards twice a year.

Catholic Community grant awards

The Catholic Foundation’s board of directors awarded and approved 86 Catholic community grants:

Adult Disability Medical Healthcare, Atlanta: $3,000 to help cover the cost of COVID-19 booster clinics and traditional clinics, helping those with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities avoid the serious consequences of COVID-19.

Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta: $3,000 to support ongoing operations and Catholic programming in the year ahead.

Asian American Resource Center, Duluth: $2,500 to provide individual and group counseling, as well as training to form more stable family relationships and self-sufficiency to enhance quality of life.

Atlanta Catholic Radio, Atlanta: $4,000 to fund direct program expenses required to produce radio broadcasts, including costs for new programming, equipment and software.

Atlanta Morning Center, Atlanta: $3,000 to help provide telehealth, discounted prescriptions, dental care, transportation and NFP for patients.

Bright Futures Atlanta, Atlanta: $2,000 to support expenses associated with providing the after-school and summer programs for at-risk youth.

Camp Horizon, Atlanta: $2,500 to support summer camp and other programs to prepare youth with skills and relationships to manage the challenges of foster care.

Camp to Belong—Georgia, Young Harris: $2,000 to support expanded Sibling Connection events including supplies for an overnight weekend camp for the holiday party.

Cancer Navigators, Rome: $2,500 to provide low-income cancer patients liquid nutrition and gas cards or bus vouchers for transportation to treatments.

Catholic Center at Georgia Tech, Atlanta: $5,000 to replace the basement floors in the center.

Catholic Center at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw: $3,000 to provide new marketing materials, a refrigerator to support center activities and partial retreat scholarships for students.

Catholic Center at the University of Georgia, Athens: $2,000 to provide marketing materials to help communicate UGA Catholic Center activities and for sound and recording equipment for the church.

Catholic Center at the University of West Georgia, Carrollton: $3,500 to help cover costs for a Notre Dame ECHO apprentice to serve full-time at the center.

Catholic Charities Atlanta, Smyrna: $5,000 to provide under-served metro Atlanta seniors with housing and financial counseling services.

Catholic Charities Atlanta, Smyrna: $6,000 to prevent child abuse/neglect and improve family safety/well-being through parental education, counseling and other supportive services.

Central Outreach and Advocacy Center, Atlanta: $3,500 to provide eight new computers/printers for the Main Frame Job Readiness room to help participants find employment and gain job skills.

Christ Our Hope Church, Lithonia: $6,000 for carpet, paint and furniture restoration in child and family religious education rooms.

Christ the Redeemer Church St. Vincent de Paul Conference, Dawsonville: $1,500 to provide temporary housing assistance for clients.

Christian City Inc, Union City: $3,000 to purchase two evidence based wellness programs, Matter of Balance and Bingocize, which use exercise and education to reduce fall risk in the elderly.

Community Farmers Markets, Atlanta: $2,000 for outreach to underserved communities and SNAP recipients about the affordability and health benefits of local produce.

Corpus Christi Church, Stone Mountain: $3,000 to repair damaged asphalt in the parking lot. Crossroads Community Ministries, Atlanta: $3,500 to provide food and supplies for Clyde’s Kitchen, which serves 100 meals per day to the homeless.

Decatur Cooperative Ministry, Decatur: $3,000 to provide general operating support for housing programs for homeless families.

Eagle Ranch, Chestnut Mountain: $2,000 to provide counseling sessions for at-risk children and their family members.

East Atlanta Kids Club, Atlanta: $2,000 to support ongoing after-school activities focused on wellness and healthy behaviors.

El Refugio, Decatur: $2,500 to fund direct services for people from the Stewart Detention Center and families impacted by detention.

Essential2Life, Inc, Atlanta: $2,000 to address social justice issues confronting the needs of underserved youth to increase the success of at-risk youth.

Faith In Serving Humanity, Inc, Monroe: $3,000 to help seniors in crisis by cleaning their homes and providing food, hygiene, pest control and cleaning supplies.

Family Heritage Foundation Inc., Stone Mountain: $2,000 to provide refugee children in Clarkston with after-school programming including meals, transportation and a support system.

Four Corners Group, Kennesaw: $2,500 to provide programming, mentoring and emotional support to connect with youth.

Friends of L’Arche Atlanta, Decatur: $3,100 to fund a series of community outreach events to foster inclusion and prevent isolation in adults with and without developmental disabilities.

Friends of Refugees, Clarkston: $3,000 to support the Embrace Refugee Birth program, providing mothers with culturally sensitive birth support and educational workshops.

Georgia Justice Project, Atlanta: $2,500 to provide criminal defense representation and wraparound social service support.

Gigi’s House, Morrow: $2,500 to purchase a commercial grade washing machine and dryer for a second safe home.

Good News at Noon Inc, Gainesville: $4,000 to replace existing 30-year-old bunks with no safety rails.

Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett, Norcross: $4,000 for operating funds to cover costs associated with COVID testing, vaccination and other services.

Good Shepherd of Dawson County, Dawsonville: $3,000 to cover general operational expenses such as medications, lab costs, monitoring and sanitation supplies.

Hispanic Alliance GA, Gainesville: $3,000 to purchase culturally appropriate food for distribution to low-income, food insecure Latino families.

HOPE Atlanta, Atlanta: $3,000 for general operating expenses to help restore to self-sufficiency people at risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness.

Ignatius House, Atlanta: $3,000 to support the Ignatian Spirituality Project which offers confidence-building retreats for those recovering from homelessness and addiction.

Immigrant Hope, Atlanta, Brookhaven: $3,000 to provide legal services for low income immigrant and refugee families in Clarkston.

Jerusalem House, Atlanta: $2,500 to provide housing and supportive services through The Family Program (TFP).

Loving Arms Cancer Outreach (LACO), Marietta: $2,500 to provide financial assistance programs, wellness and support groups for cancer victims.

Mary Our Queen Church, Peachtree Corners: $3,500 to cover the cost of plumbing work needed to renovate the parish kitchen.

Mercy Housing Southeast, Atlanta: $3,000 to provide low-income youth residents individual tutoring, enhanced curriculum and extended enrichment activities through the Out-of-School Time program.

Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences, Doraville: $3,100 to help provide housing to homeless and low-income pregnant and parenting women receiving treatment for addiction.

Motherhood Beyond Bars, Atlanta: $2,500 to provide infant supplies to families caring for newborn babies of incarcerated mothers.

My Sister’s Place, Gainesville: $3,000 to provide groceries and client assistance to homeless women with children in the community.

Next Generation Focus, Cumming: $2,000 for the SmarterMe after-school care program to provide underserved students remediation, tutoring and enrichment.

Our House, Atlanta: $2,500 to support the Housing Services program, providing families with young children up to six months of shelter.

Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Atlanta: $4,500 to install carpet and linoleum in offices, hallways, classrooms and the main meeting room of the Katharine Drexel Community Center.

Pregnancy Aid Clinic, Roswell: $4,000 to expand outreach to the most vulnerable populations in Atlanta and help offset remaining start-up costs of a new in-town clinic.

Pregnancy Resource Center of Walton/WHW Clinic of Walton, Loganville: $2,100 to fund a nurse sonographer for the 2022 ICU Mobile Unit Ministry.

Presencia, Brookhaven: $3,000 to sustain a neighborhood-based, youth development after-school program providing tutoring, mentoring and leadership development to Atlanta’s immigrant community.

Prevent Blindness Georgia, Atlanta: $2,500 to vision screen preschool and primary school-age children within the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Rainbow House, Jonesboro: $2,000 to support youth healing from abuse and neglect to achieve educational and life goals.

Rainbow Village, Duluth: $3,000 for general operating funding to help prevent homelessness among at-risk individuals.

Reach for Excellence, Atlanta: $3,000 to support the cost of one year of academic and leadership enrichment, meals and transportation for Reach for Excellence students.

Rebecca’s Tent, Atlanta: $3,000 to support the organization’s shelter operations.

Refuge Coffee Co., Clarkston: $2,500 to fund general operations to support expanded job training and mentorship opportunities for refugees.

Revved Up Kids, Peachtree Corners: $2,000 to provide sexual abuse prevention training programs to K-5th graders.

Sister Thea Bowman Black Catholic Education Foundation, Atlanta: $2,500 to support a spiritual enrichment program and travel during the summer.

Sisu of Georgia, Gainesville: $2,000 to provide scholarship assistance to students.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, Atlanta: $5,000 to support pharmacy costs in the Community Pharmacy Program for a resident pharmacist and supplies.

Southwest Christian Hospice Inc, Union City: $2,500 to provide medical supplies and care for terminally ill patients in hospice.

Special Needs Cobb, Marietta: $3,000 to support respite services and expert staff for individuals with multiple special needs.

St. Bernadette Church, Cedartown: $4,000 to fund a confirmation retreat and furnish the new kindergarten classroom.

St. Helena Church, Clayton: $4,300 to help purchase a replacement electronic piano for the church music ministry.

St. Joseph Church, Athens: $1,500 to provide nursery care for children of the women’s Bible study.

St. Jude the Apostle Church, Sandy Springs: $4,000 to renovate space in the church vestibule in order to create a second confessional.

St. Mary, Mother of God Church, Jackson: $3,000 to purchase screens to project music and prayers during Mass to allow more active participation.

St. Peter the Rock Church, Thomaston: $3,500 to purchase computers for the parish staff to enhance operations of the parish to better serve the church community.

St. Philip Benizi Church, Jonesboro: $1,000 to bring Mass to Clayton Village mobile home park in Riverdale and supply residents with winter blankets and food.

StandUp For Kids—Atlanta Chapter, Stone Mountain: $2,500 for staffing, supplies, and materials to conduct street outreach and school mentoring programs.

Street Grace, Norcross: $2,500 to provide relief for child victims of sex trafficking through a trauma-informed process of treatment and recovery.

Students Without Mothers, Atlanta: $3,000 to help students without mothers prepare for college and provide the tools and skills to succeed through life coaching.

Sunshine on a Ranney Day, Roswell: $2,500 to help complete renovations for children with special needs and long term illnesses to ensure they can maneuver and grow safely at home.

The Coweta Samaritan Clinic, Newnan: $3,000 to help fund the operations of the Chronic Disease Management Program.

The Place of Forsyth County, Cumming: $3,300 to help vulnerable seniors and families remain in their homes by creating a livable, safe environment for them.

The Summit Counseling Center, Johns Creek: $2,000 to provide fully subsidized mental health counseling to low-income school-aged children through the Summit OnSite (SOS) Program.

Top Dogg K9 Foundation, Lilburn: $2,500 to support the VDOGS program to pair veterans living with disabilities with therapeutic, trained service dogs.

Training and Counseling Center (TACC), Atlanta: $2,500 to provide mental health services, support, and training to strengthen uninsured, under-insured and low-income families.

Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia, Smyrna: $2,500 to help cover vision expenses not covered by insurance or government funding to meet increased demand from those living with blindness and vision impairment.

Wellspring Living, Atlanta: $2,500 to provide 25 Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) victims, ages 12-17, with recovery services at the Girl’s Residential Program for up to 12 months.

Youth In Mission, Marietta: $1,000 to award mission scholarships, grow charity and help youth serve God’s people.

youthSpark, Atlanta: $2,000 to provide crisis intervention services for youth through the Youth Services Center.

Parish enrichment awards

The foundation’s Pastors Advisory Council made the recommendations for 10 parish enrichment grants to the Foundation’s Board for approval. These grants help meet needs that the pastor has identified as meaningful:

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Atlanta: $1,000 to create a welcoming space for the youth with new furnishings to encourage spiritual growth and mental wellbeing.

San Felipe de Jesus Mission, Forest Park: $1,000 to improve technology in the Evangelization and Religious Education Program.

St. Andrew Church, Roswell: $1,000 to purchase two smart TVs for faith formation classrooms to allow classes to offer multilingual programs.

St. Anna’s Church, Monroe: $1,000 to purchase FORMED and THRIVE resource programming to engage youth and young adults of the parish.

St. Bernadette Church, Cedartown: $1,000 to purchase a live streaming video camera and supplies for the Bible Studies program for middle school students.

St. Catherine of Siena Church, Kennesaw: $1,000 to fund marriage prep courses for the underprivileged.

St. Helena Church, Clayton: $1,000 to route audiovisual feed from the church to the parish hall for Mass overflow to participate in the liturgy.

St. Mary, Mother of God Church, Jackson: $1,000 to refurbish the plating and repair two sets of sacred vessels.

St. Patrick Church, Norcross: $1,000 to help purchase a new console keyboard for music at Mass.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Smyrna: $1,000 to help fund tuition costs of the archdiocese’s pastoral theology course for three parishioners.

In 2022, the Catholic Foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, the foundation will award $30,000 in parish enrichment grants during the upcoming spring cycle. Instead of the usual $1,000 grants to 10 parishes, there will be 30 grants of $1,000 each to 30 parishes.