Byerly Foundation announces grants for 2015/16

on Tuesday, 06 October 2015. Posted in Good life, Local News

The Byerly Foundation Board of Trustees recently approved over $300,000 in grant requests for organizations in the Hartsville community. These organizations will be working to improve education, quality of life and economic growth opportunities. The Foundation, which was established in 1995, has been distributing grants in Hartsville since 1998.

EDUCATION

Cypress Adventures, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that received a $75,000 grant to implement a youth leadership pilot program with Hartsville Middle and High School students. Aimee Cox King is the Executive Director of the organization, which provides adolescents with experiential learning opportunities to gain skills to increase self-awareness and efficacy in areas of academic and social development.

Darlington County First Steps through their School Readiness Program will be updating some of their rooms to make them more effective for educational seminars, events and teen activities with a grant of $24,000. Black Creek Arts Council has been awarded $15,000 toward their Artists in Residence partnership program with the Darlington County schools.

This grant will help Hartsville area schools put artists in residence at the schools working with students and teachers. The Foundation Board also approved $10,000 toward the fundraising efforts made by the Hartsville High School Band Department. The grant is being used to help pay for new uniforms of the HHS Red Regime.

QUALITY OF LIFE

The Foundation approved a grant of $46,000 to cover the purchase of one new bus for the Hartsville YMCA. The YMCA plans to replace many of their buses as more funds become available. A grant of $21,800 was awarded to the Darlington County Disabilities and Special Needs Board toward the renovation and painting of homes for clients of the Scott Center.

The Hartsville Community Chorus has collaborated with organizations and schools in the area since 1981 offering artistic enrichment to the community. The organization was awarded $5,000 in partial support of their spring musical program.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The City of Hartsville has been awarded a two-year grant of $100,000 to be distributed over a two year period. These funds are part of the “LiftUp Hartsville”, an entrepreneurial pilot program with the objective of creating a Revolving Loan Fund platform for entrepreneurial low-income residents.

The City’s initiative is partnering with South Hartsville Neighborhood Association, Community Foundation for a Better Hartsville, and CommunityWorks Carolina. For information about these funds contact the City of Hartsville. The Hartsville Main Street Sign and Paint Fund received $10,000 to continue the program of helping downtown businesses improve their exterior appearance.