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Greer Chamber Foundation Awards Community Grants for Education


December 14, 2007

(Greer, SC) The Greer Chamber Foundation awarded $12,628.50 in community grants at its December Board of Directors meeting.   Grants were awarded to Junior Leadership Greer; Greer Middle School International Baccalaureate School; Resource Teachers at Mountain View Elementary School; and Centerquest.  The Greer Chamber Foundation received grant requests in excess of $400,000 from 14 different organizations. 

“Enhancing the Greer community through grants is the main reason that the Greer Chamber Foundation was created,” said Foundation Chair Bunny S. Richardson.   “The Foundation Board has been working for two years to establish the Foundation and create an application process so that grants could be awarded.”

Junior Leadership Greer received funding to assist with program cost for the 18 year program.  The purpose of Junior Leadership Greer is to take twenty area high school students and engage them in a program that will enhance their existing leadership skills, teach additional leadership skills, educate them on the Greer community and leadership roles specifically within the Greer community, and finally, teach them to identify opportunities where they can utilize their own leadership skills to make a difference in the community. 

Centerquest received funding for one month of operating expenses for the organization.  Centerquest is an after school tutoring and enrichment program designed for at-risk elementary students in the Greer area.  It contributes to the Greer community by assisting at-risk elementary school children with after-school tutoring and other enrichment activities.  The program consists of community volunteers who commit one afternoon a week to tutor and supervise nineteen, 2nd and 3rd grade students.

The Resource Teachers & Reading Interventionists at Mountain View Elementary School received funding to continue serving first grade students who have been identified as requiring the greatest assistance in reading.  The goal of the project is to use researched-based early intervention strategies to teach “at-risk” first graders, who are struggling to read.  The program uses certified teachers with masters’ degrees for the program.

The Greer Middle International Baccalaureate School received funding for the Legacy of Leadership Forum.   The Legacy of Leadership Forum is a new program that will include fifth grade students from elementary schools which will assist in developing their leadership skills so that the students may contribute to the good of the society.  The attendees will leave the forum with a mind set that they can make a positive difference and a skill set that will help them achieve it.

Each organization had to complete a grant application along with a budget and detailed description of how the funds will be used.  Only 501 c (3) organizations were eligible to receive funds.  A grant review committee reviewed each grant application and made recommendations to the Greer Foundation Board of Directors for approval. 

The Greer Chamber Foundation will continue to award up to $15,000 annually in community grants each year.  Any 501 c (3) organization in the Greer community is eligible to apply.  If you are interested in contributing to the Foundation, please contact the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce at 8640877-3131.  The Foundation is a 501 c (3) organization and all contributions are tax deductible. 

The Greer Chamber Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. 

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Greer Chamber Foundation Awards Community Grants for Education


December 14, 2007

(Greer, SC) The Greer Chamber Foundation awarded $12,628.50 in community grants at its December Board of Directors meeting.   Grants were awarded to Junior Leadership Greer; Greer Middle School International Baccalaureate School; Resource Teachers at Mountain View Elementary School; and Centerquest.  The Greer Chamber Foundation received grant requests in excess of $400,000 from 14 different organizations. 

“Enhancing the Greer community through grants is the main reason that the Greer Chamber Foundation was created,” said Foundation Chair Bunny S. Richardson.   “The Foundation Board has been working for two years to establish the Foundation and create an application process so that grants could be awarded.”

Junior Leadership Greer received funding to assist with program cost for the 18 year program.  The purpose of Junior Leadership Greer is to take twenty area high school students and engage them in a program that will enhance their existing leadership skills, teach additional leadership skills, educate them on the Greer community and leadership roles specifically within the Greer community, and finally, teach them to identify opportunities where they can utilize their own leadership skills to make a difference in the community. 

Centerquest received funding for one month of operating expenses for the organization.  Centerquest is an after school tutoring and enrichment program designed for at-risk elementary students in the Greer area.  It contributes to the Greer community by assisting at-risk elementary school children with after-school tutoring and other enrichment activities.  The program consists of community volunteers who commit one afternoon a week to tutor and supervise nineteen, 2nd and 3rd grade students.

The Resource Teachers & Reading Interventionists at Mountain View Elementary School received funding to continue serving first grade students who have been identified as requiring the greatest assistance in reading.  The goal of the project is to use researched-based early intervention strategies to teach “at-risk” first graders, who are struggling to read.  The program uses certified teachers with masters’ degrees for the program.

The Greer Middle International Baccalaureate School received funding for the Legacy of Leadership Forum.   The Legacy of Leadership Forum is a new program that will include fifth grade students from elementary schools which will assist in developing their leadership skills so that the students may contribute to the good of the society.  The attendees will leave the forum with a mind set that they can make a positive difference and a skill set that will help them achieve it.

Each organization had to complete a grant application along with a budget and detailed description of how the funds will be used.  Only 501 c (3) organizations were eligible to receive funds.  A grant review committee reviewed each grant application and made recommendations to the Greer Foundation Board of Directors for approval. 

The Greer Chamber Foundation will continue to award up to $15,000 annually in community grants each year.  Any 501 c (3) organization in the Greer community is eligible to apply.  If you are interested in contributing to the Foundation, please contact the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce at 8640877-3131.  The Foundation is a 501 c (3) organization and all contributions are tax deductible. 

The Greer Chamber Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. 

 

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