DNA Community Grants awarded to help alleviate local COVID - 19 impacts
Downtown Neighborhood Association Announces
2020 Community Grant Award Recipients
Funds Raised by the DNA’s 2019 Holiday Tour of Homes Awarded to Community Groups
Providing food and shelter for the needy, sponsoring educational activities for children, addressing domestic violence issues, and supporting youth counseling. These are just some of the activities that the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) will support with its 2020 Community Partner Grant Program.
DNA’s Board of Directors announced today the recipients of this year’s grants. They are:
Chatham County Family Justice Center $3,500
Deep Center $3,000
Emmaus House Soup Kitchen $1,000
Forsyth Farmers’ Market, $1,600
Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club Inc. $3,500
The Front Porch $2,500
Friends of Massie $600
Heads Up Guidance Services $2,500
Horizons Savannah $2,000
Inner City Night Shelter $3,500
Loop It Up Savannah $3,000
Park Place Outreach, Inc $5,000
Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire $2,500
Savannah Children’s Choir $2,500
Thomas Park Food Pantry $3,000
Urban Hope, Inc. $5,000
WRUU-LP: Savannah Community Radio $600
Each year, the DNA bestows grants to community organizations that have an impact on the greater downtown area, particularly those that help or enrich the residential quality of life. Each application goes through a review process overseen by the DNA Board of Directors which makes the selections.
“Because our community is in crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic, this year we decided to primarily focus the grants on food distribution, educating children both now and this summer, and support for those organizations that address domestic violence,” said David McDonald, President of the DNA. “We’re very grateful to these organizations for being part of our community and want to honor the work they do for our most vulnerable neighbors.”
The funds for the grants are raised each year through the DNA’s Holiday Tour of Homes and Inns. Members and supporters of the DNA open their homes and inns for visitors to tour and learn about architecture, home décor, and the history and culture of the South.
More than a hundred DNA volunteers supported the day-long event held last December. The DNA sold more than 600 tickets and raised $45,000 from the event.