Submitted by The Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation
The Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation recently announced the completion of their fall grant cycle. The Foundation will award $28,640 in grants to 12 local nonprofit organizations, targeting an array of causes throughout the Whitfield County area. These grants are in addition to those made annually by the Foundation at the recommendation of donors who use the Foundation to manage their charitable funds.
According to Foundation chair Linda Blackman, the Foundation receives grant requests throughout the year from organizations asking for help. Each organization’s request is reviewed and discussed by the Foundation’s grants committee.
“Thank you to Dr. Sherwood Jones and Anne Farrow, and the other members of the Grants Committee for their time and hard work,” Blackman said. “The decisions are not easy to make, but our committee reasons through the process and selects organizations and groups who will make the greatest impact with the funds we have to offer.”
“We reviewed all of the applications and had lengthy discussions about community problems, solutions, long-term strategies, collaborative efforts and leadership,” added Farrow, who co-chairs the committee. “We are always impressed with the network of organizations that consistently lift up members of the community who are suffering and in need. We applaud the work of our local food bank, Providence Ministries, NIMBY, RossWoods and the DEO Clinic. But we are equally impressed with the organizations that mentor young people, support the arts, make our community more beautiful, preserve our historical landmarks and battlefields, and serve our government.”
The Foundation chose to award a $1,275 grant to the Dalton Tree Board to help with their proposed project titled, “Shading the Playground at Brookwood School.”
“On Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., we will be assisting children and volunteers with planting 13 trees around the playground,” city arborist Kris Thomas said. “We selected trees that will eventually supply full, sprawling canopies to shade the slides and playground equipment and keep them cooler during hot, sunny days. The kids will be in charge of keeping the trees watered with special Treegator bags.”
Thomas said the work coincides with Keep America Beautiful’s National Planting Day, an initiative to plant native plants, trees and shrubs to enhance biodiversity, and protect wildlife in communities across America. For the Brookwood planting, Thomas and his team chose Swamp white oaks, Steeple sugar maples, Athena elms, October Glory red maples and others.
“The trees will present spectacular colors in the fall,” he said.
“We appreciate the Foundation’s help,” he continued. “Their grant combined with our tree board budget will purchase the tress and supplies for the project.”
Other Foundation grant recipients for fall include:
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Georgia Mountains: $4,000 to help fund bimonthly group activities for community-based matches.
• Chattanooga Area Food Bank: $2,500 to help with the installation costs associate with a 240-square-foot food cooler.
• City Park School PTO: $1,750 to purchase park benches to be placed under a large oak tree that provides shade to children waiting to be picked-up after school.
• League of Women Voters (Dalton): $1,000 to help with the costs associated with printing 3,000 copies of a 48-page handbook containing government information for Dalton, Tunnel Hill, Varnell, Cohutta and Whitfield County.
• NIMBY: $2,000 to continue their Saturday Sacks program (weekend food assistance to disadvantaged school children at Valley Point Elementary).
• Providence Ministries: $2,000 to help purchase commercial kitchen equipment for the homeless shelter.
• RossWoods Adult Day Services: $5,000 to purchase a new network server and replace three outdated computers in preparation for a new information management system that will be used at the facility.
• Save the Dalton Battlefields: $5,000 to erect a boundary fence required by the state of Georgia.
• Southeast Whitfield High School: $1,750 to purchase and install a WeatherBug system to be used by science and technology students.
• Special Olympics Georgia: $1,000 to help with the events held in Dalton in October.
• The DEO. Clinic Inc.: $1,365 to help pay for medical equipment that will help the clinic serve adults who lack insurance and cannot afford health care.
Blackman added that beyond the valuable work made possible by this fall’s grant awards, the Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation has reached a milestone of sorts, with the cumulative total of grants originating from the Foundation’s unrestricted fund topping $750,000.
“Since the establishment of the Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation, we have made grants every year — some large and some small — with each contributing to the health, welfare and safety of our community,” Blackman continued. “Annual distributions from our permanent endowment make these grants possible. The endowment is a renewable resource that will help us meet current and future community needs without having to raise new money.”
The Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia, promotes and facilitates philanthropy throughout the region. To learn more about the Foundation’s grants or philanthropic services, visit www.CommunityFoundationNWGA.org or contact David Aft at (706) 275-9117.