Community Foundation presents annual grants

Dec. 14, 2012 @ 05:12 PM

The missions of 20 local nonprofit organizations have received a financial boost, thanks to grants from the High Point Community Foundation.
The foundation presented $301,760 in grants Friday at High Point Country Club, allocating funds on behalf of education projects, human service agencies, arts initiatives and the group responsible for bringing a national cycling championship to downtown High Point.
Piedmont Charity Sports Promotions, which will host the National Criterium Cycling Championships for the next two years, was awarded $32,950 — the first and largest grant the foundation distributed this year.
It was part of $178,445 granted to community projects, including $26,515 to the Salvation Army of High Point to help replace a delivery truck integral to its mission.
Other top grant recipients include West End Ministries for Leslie’s House, an emergency shelter for women in crisis ($26,365), Dustin’s GreenHouse, a program for students at T. Wingate Andrews and High Point Central high schools aimed at promoting global awareness and service learning ($20,800), Helping Hands Ministries, for its outreach program that provides food, financial assistance, prescription and medical assistance, as well as case management services for clients ($21,700), Open Door Ministries, for its rapid re-housing program, which assists homeless individuals and families in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing ($20,725) and Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul, for financial need scholarships for preschool-age children ($20,775).
Foundation President Paul Lessard said this year’s grant program is particularly noteworthy for its contribution to projects like the High Point Cycling Classic, which helps bring the city national exposure. Lessard said focusing on community needs and educational projects also are major points of emphasis of the grants.
This year’s other grant recipients are: Communities in Schools of High Point ($10,775), Family Promise ($16,750), Ferndale Middle School ($1,000), Green Street Baptist Church ($6,150), Guide Posts of Strength ($18,025), High Point Area Arts Council ($3,850), High Point Community Against Violence ($18,465), Horsepower ($5,475), Junior Achievement of Central N.C. ($9,690), N.C. Shakespeare Festival ($18,150), Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club ($6,275), Special Olympics North Carolina ($8,825) and Win-Win Resolutions ($7,500).