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Foundation awards grants to 15 Spartanburg County nonprofits

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The Mary Black Foundation has awarded $580,650 in grants to 15 nonprofit organizations serving Spartanburg County. Since 1996, it has paid more than $51 million to improve the health and wellness of the people and communities of Spartanburg County, according to a news release.

The next opportunity to submit grant applications to the Mary Black Foundation will be in August 2018.

"The foundation is pleased to be able to support so many nonprofit organizations working to improve health, wellness and success in Spartanburg County,” said Molly Talbot-Metz, vice president of programs for the Mary Black Foundation, in the release.

The nonprofit organizations that received grants are:

  • Adult Learning Center was awarded $30,000 for core services: basic literacy, English for Speakers of Other Languages, pre-GED and GED classes, pre-employment training and scholarships for residents of Spartanburg County.
  • Bethlehem Center was awarded $10,000 to support the Innovation Lab and financial literacy programs.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate was awarded $10,000 to support a coordinator to manage volunteers for the Bigs in Blue and First Responders Mentoring Program.
  • Children's Cancer Partners of the Carolinas was awarded $15,000 to connect families of children with cancer with essential services, such as travel, lodging, nutrition, medication and emotional support.
  • City of Inman was awarded $63,000 to install outdoor exercise equipment as part of the city's Leroy C. Mathis Park renovations project.
  • Girls on the Run of Spartanburg was awarded $45,000 over three years to enable girls to have access to quality afterschool youth programming.
  • Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg was awarded $30,000 to provide access to free and restorative dental care to low-income children.
  • Hope Center for Children was awarded $223,000 over three years to support Intensive Parent Education and Support through Level 4 Triple P.
  • Marantha Free Church of Jesus Christ, for Angels Charge Ministry, was awarded $7,500 to increase organizational capacity by hiring a case manager.
  • Spartanburg Alliance for the Mentally Ill was awarded $10,000 to increase organizational capacity through volunteer recruitment and services in Spartanburg.
  • Spartanburg County School District 3 was awarded $40,000 to assist with startup costs and training associated with joining the national AVID program.
  • Spartanburg Lions Foundation was awarded $7,150 to purchase a camera and printer to provide free vision screening to school-age children in Spartanburg County.
  • Spartanburg Regional Foundation, for the Spartanburg Council on Aging Partnership, was awarded $30,000 to hire a director to lead the collaborative and create a long-range sustainable plan for coordination of senior services in Spartanburg County.
  • Upstate Warrior Solution was awarded $25,000 to support two positions, a part-time fellow to identify and engage veterans and a full-time case and outreach coordinator to educate and engage law enforcement and others who encounter veterans who are at-risk or already justice-involved.
  • USC Upstate Foundation, for the Child Protection Training Center, was awarded $35,000 to increase training that utilizes a trauma informed framework for adults who work with children.

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