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Community Foundation awards $10,250 in grants to local agencies

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By Jesef Williams

More than $10,000 was awarded in the first round of grants to benefit local service groups.

In January, the Lancaster County Community Foundation announced that it had set up a special fund to assist nonprofit agencies in Lancaster County that offer aid to residents.

Money for the fund was generated through donations from individuals, businesses and other groups in the community.

The first cycle brought in $10,250, said Jodie Plyler, the foundation’s board chairwoman.

Four groups applied for the funding during that cycle.

Following are the amounts awarded and what they will be used for:

u HOPE in Lancaster – $2,500 for electric and gas assistance and food, rent and mortgage payments

u Kershaw Area Community Resource Exchange or KARE – $2,500 for shelter, electric, gas and kerosene assistance

u Lancaster Christian Services – $3,000 for deposits accompanying clients’ first month’s rent

u Lancaster County Council on Aging – $2,250 for non-perishable food.

Plyler said the foundation will have at least one more grant cycle, which will be in March. The application deadline for that cycle was Friday.

The creation of another cycle will depend on how much money is brought in.

Plyler said she’d love to get a huge donation from a corporation.

“We’ve been very pleased with the response, but we know there is more need than the money we’ve raised,” Plyler said.

To donate to the Lancaster Critical Need Response Fund:

Visit www.lancastercounty-cf.org

Mail a check to P.O. Box 3194, Lancaster, SC 29721. Make checks payable to Foundation For The Carolinas. Write “Lancaster Critical Need Response Fund” in the memo line.

Call 285-1300.

Organizations interested in the application process should also visit www.lancastercounty-cf.org.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152