Foundation gives grants to BG groups
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff
Friday, 14 December 2012 11:48
The Board of Trustees of the Bowling Green Community Foundation recently announced the awarding of $31,233 in grants to nine Bowling Green area nonprofit organizations for 2013.
The grant distribution area includes the Bowling Green School District and the Bowling Green zip code. The amount distributed in each grant ranged from $617 to $5000.
This year's BGCF grant recipients and their projects include:
• Wood County Park District: $5000 toward the purchase of Automatic External Defibrillators to be placed in all six ranger patrol vehicles as well as selected Wood County park locations.
• Montessori School of Bowling Green: $4931 toward the cost of developing a land laboratory to be used for environmental education programming in science, technology and sustainable agriculture for Bowling Green area children.
• Serenity Farms Equestrian Center: $3650 to provide equine assisted therapy to girls housed in the Bowling Green area who have been victims of human sex trafficking.
• NAMI of Wood County: $4000 to develop and implement an advocacy program to educate, support, and improve the quality of life of Wood County residents with mental illness.
• Bowling Green Police Division: $5000 toward the purchase of computer hardware and improved cameras to enhance the visual capabilities of the police department within the downtown area.
• Wood County District Public Library: $1500 toward the expansion of the Community Reads program to include a component designed for younger readers.
• SAAFE Center: $617 toward developing a traveling educational display to be used for school and community awareness of the sexual assault services provided by SAAFE, Wood County's rape crisis center.
• Children's Resource Center: $2035 to purchase curricula for use with parent training of children from 6 to 12 years of age.
• The Cocoon Shelter: $4500 to expand programming that provides comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence and their children.
In addition to the grants listed above, BGCF also awarded $413.72 to the Wood County District Public Library from the Pallister Fund which is specifically designated for library operations. BGCF also awarded $2000 in college scholarships in May to Bowling Green High School students.
All funds distributed (except the Pallister grant) came from the BGCF General Endowment Fund and the Marsh Family Fund.
The Bowling Green Community Foundation was established in 1994 as a project of Leadership BG. Since 1997, $266,380 has been distributed through 262 grants to 151 different area non-profit organizations.
Funding to support the BGCF Endowment has come from cash donations as well as bequests, life insurance, estates, and charitable remainder trusts. An annual golf outing is also held each year to support the work of the foundation.
The Bowling Green Community Foundation is currently conducting its annual fund drive. The foundation is dependent upon the proceeds from this annual fund drive to continue the expansion of the endowment.
Further information on how to become a part of the Bowling Green Community Foundation can be found at their website: www.bgohcf.org