September 18, 2013

Time to apply for fall grants

Submitted by the Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation

— Autumn brings cooler mornings, changing leaves, fall festivals, football games, sweaters and opportunities for local organizations to apply for grants from the Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation.

Board Chairwoman Linda Blackman recently announced the foundation is accepting community grant requests through Oct. 1 for the fall cycle. Qualified organizations can apply online at the foundation’s website at

“Our foundation’s competitive grants program combines local resources with community knowledge to help churches, schools, nonprofits and civic organizations improve Whitfield County and the lives of its residents,” Blackman said. “We are dedicated to our community and determined to spend our grant dollars wisely. Our grants process helps us identify the most capable and efficient problem-solving organizations and programs in the area.”

Blackman noted that the foundation’s grants are invested broadly throughout Whitfield County’s network of nonprofit and service organizations. The grants help improve all facets of life, from education to basic needs to youth development to public health to animal welfare to environmental protection to arts and culture.

“We love working with organizations and groups who are addressing the root causes of problems,” she added. “Our mission is to help them help others. That’s how we create lasting and systemic change for future generations of our region.”

According to Blackman, grants are typically modest in size, from $500 to $3,000.

“During the last grant cycle, we awarded grants totaling $34,415 to 18 civic and humanitarian causes in Dalton and Whitfield County,” Blackman said. “We supported the Alzheimer’s Association, Artistic Civic Theatre, Dalton State College’s Beta Chi Nu, Bluegrass Blues and Helping Hands, Family Promise, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and many others who requested grants for specific projects outside their normal operating expenses.”

Although the foundation conducts two grant cycles each year, its main focus is working with individuals and families throughout the region to help them get the most out of their charitable giving. The foundation offers a variety of fund types that deliver tremendous tax benefits to donors.

To learn more about the foundation, contact foundation president David Aft at (706) 275-9117.