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Family Connections grants awarded
0524 FC-CIS grants
Shown left to right are: Erin Woodcock, board chair of the Effingham Victim Witness Assistance Program; Ann Resto, director of EVWAP; David Grandgeorge, board chair of Family Connection-Communities In Schools of Effingham County; and Elaine Spencer, director of FC-CIS of Effingham County. Not pictured is Barbara Moss, bereavement counselor and director of Camp Aloha. - photo by Photo provided

Family Connection-Communities In Schools of Effingham County awarded $500 mini-grants to two local non-profits, the Effingham County Victim Witness Assistance Program and Hospice Savannah’s Full Circle Center for Grief and Loss.

The grants are made possible by local pledges to the United Way that donors designate to FC-CIS of Effingham County.

The Effingham Victim Witness Assistance Program was awarded a mini-grant to assist its clients, who are primarily victims of domestic violence in the Effingham County community. The grant will help with the expense of the candlelight vigil EVWAP hosts each October during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to honor and recognize those who have lost their lives and those who have survived domestic violence.

Hospice Savannah’s Full Circle Center for Grief and Loss received a mini-grant for scholarships for Effingham County children to attend Camp Aloha, a weekend grief at Ebenezer Retreat Center. Camp Aloha is available to any child between the ages of 6-17 in Effingham, Liberty, Long and Bryan counties who has experienced a death in the past 18 months to two years.

Effingham Family Connection-Communities In Schools will award three grants per quarter, maximum $500 each, to eligible community agencies to support their efforts in serving the families and children in Effingham County. To be eligible to apply, the organization must be a 501(c)3-designated, not-for-profit agency and a member of the FC-CIS collaborative.

The only membership requirement is attending the FC-CIS collaborative meetings. Grants will be awarded quarterly through fiscal year 2014, provided continued funding is available.

An organization is eligible to receive only one grant within any 12-month period and cannot apply for the same items as previously requested and funded. Upcoming application due dates are July 15 and Oct. 15.

Applications can be requested at Completed applications can be sent to the same email address or mailed to P.O. Box 377, Springfield, GA 31329.