$21,000 grants plus training awarded to 27 nonprofits

The Spalding County Collaborative Authority for Families and Children is pleased to announce the award of financial and technical assistance for Capacity Building in 27 nonprofit organizations (NPOs) serving Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding and Troup Counties. Funded by the Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Strengthening Communities Fund is an important part of the overall recovery effort as put forth in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Activities funded under this program will fortify organizations in distressed communities so that they can improve their services to people who need jobs and opportunities to secure healthier, more prosperous futures. The Nonprofit Capacity Building Program funds intermediary agencies such as the Spalding Collaborative Authority, which work with community organizations to enhance their economic recovery activities.

In addition to the financial awards, organizations will be provided one-on-one technical assistance and training geared toward specific capacity building activities critical to the long-term viability of charitable organizations. The goal of capacity building is to increase organizational infrastructure and bolster sustainability. By building or increasing organizational capacity, the effectiveness of programmatic activities and organizational operations will also increase.

The 27 organizations receiving financial awards of $21,000 each are: A Higher Calling; A.D. Smith Community Services; Caring House; Chance House; Community Ministries Learning Center; Compassionate Services; Crown Center Foundation; Equal Chance Community School; FASCO Farms Foundation; Georgia Youth Green Project; Griffin-Spalding Partners in Education; Hopeville Boys Center ; In Christ Ministries - City of Hope; Lamar County Activity Center; Lamar County Family Connection Collaborative; The Lifehance Organization; Loving Hands Community Development; Meriwether County Interagency Council Family Connection; Midway Apartments; New Mercy Baptist Church; Resurrection Rebuilders; Roosevelt Wilderness Warm Spring Outdoor Therapy Development; Shabach of Atlanta; South Metro Microenterprise Coalition; Spalding Samaritans; Whitaker House; Women of Excellence.