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Springs Close Foundation gives local grants

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Foundation awards $471K in grants

From release

The Springs Close Foundation along with the nine members of its community advisory committee made grants at their Nov. 21 annual meeting totaling $471,950.

These grants were made to 19 agencies and organizations which assist local citizens who need basic and emergency needs such as food, medical assistance and shelter.

The grants also included $75,000 for organizations working in early childhood education. This decision marks the foundation’s return to grant making in that specific area, after focusing exclusively on basic needs during the recession.

“We recognize that the path out of poverty and hardship basically begins as soon as a child is born, said Springs Close Foundation President Angie McCrae. “Early childhood education can change the entire course of someone’s life.”

McCrae said the legacy of giving back to the communities began with Col. Elliott White Springs who believed that foundation money belonged to the communities where it was created.

“We consider it a basic human need and are happy to add early childhood education back into our current grant-making priorities as we work to help the poorest and most vulnerable populations in the communities we support,” McCrae said.

These grants primarily focus on agencies in the three-county service area of Chester and Lancaster counties and a portion of York County.

The grants approved are as follows:

  • Chester Ministerial Association – $7,500 for food panty expenses
  • Lynnwood United Methodist Church – $12,750 for “The Bridge Ministry”    
  • The Lancaster Fatherhood Project – $14,500 for basic needs assistance    
  • Camp Thunderbird – $15,000 for Chester County School District and Lancaster County School District
  • Lancaster County First Steps – $22,800 for “Countdown to Kindergarten”    
  • Good Samaritan Medical Clinic – $24,750 for 2013 operations         
  • Christians to Feed the Hungry – $15,000 for 2013 operations $15,000
  • York Place – $25,000 for swimming pool repairs
  • York County First Steps – $25,000 for “Teenage Parent – Childcare Vouchers”
  • Palmetto Volunteers in Medicine – $30,000 to fund nurse practitioner position    
  • Children’s Attention Home – $35,000 for “Shelter Services”        
  • Christians Services of Lancaster – $35,000 for food pantry expenses    
  • ELP of York County – $26,150 for Dolly Parton Imagination Library    
  • Chester County School District – $28,500 for the  SnackSack Program    
  • Kershaw Area Resource Exchange (KARE) – $25,000 for hunger relief $25,000
  • United Way of Chester County – $20,000 for 2013 operations        
  • United Way of Lancaster County – $20,000 for 2013 operations    
  • United Way of York County –  $20,000 for 2013 operations        
  • Discretionary grants – $25,000
  • Community advisory discretionary fund grants – $45,000

In addition to these grants, 120 student loans totaling $355,000 were made for the 2011-12 school year at 25 state colleges and universities.

The Springs Close Foundation has assets totaling $38.8 million and since 1942 has distributed more than $100 million into its geographic area.  Anne Springs Close is Chairman of the Board of Directors and McCrae is president. Its main  headquarters is at 951 Market St. (Suite 205), Fort Mill, SC.  

The telephone number is (803) 548-2002 and the fax number is (803) 548-1797.