The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) has announced the recipients of a total of $40,000 in grants to support a wide variety of local community organizations through its Neighborhood Initiatives and Community Partner Program.
The recipients of this year’s grants are:
Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless, $5,000
The Creative Coast, $2,000
Deep Center $1,000
Emergent Savannah, $1,000
Forsyth Farmer’s Market, $1,200
Frank Callen Boys & Girls Clubs $5,000
Friends of Massie $500
Heads-Up Guidance Services, Inc. $1,200
Loop It Up Savannah, Inc. $1,000
King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, $500
Park Place Outreach, Inc. $1,500
Savannah Bicycle Campaign $1,000
Savannah Children’s Choir $2,500
Savannah Tree Foundation $2,000
Thomas Park Food Pantry, $1,000
United Ministries of Savannah: $1,000
Urban Hope, Inc. $5,000
WRUU Community Radio, $500
Each recipient goes through an application process and before the DNA Board of Directors for selection.
“Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in the Historic Landmark District, protect Savannah’s unique downtown environment, and advocate public policies which support these objectives,” said Melinda Allen, president of the DNA.
“With that in mind, our grant programs are geared to protecting the Landmark District’s architectural heritage and encouraging restoration & beautification. We also support local organizations that enhance the community through aid to Savannah’s citizens, education, safety, music, and youth development."
The funds for the grants are raised each year through the DNA’s Holiday Tour of Homes and Inns. The DNA says it sold 865 tickets at last December’s event and raised more than $48,000 which will now go back to the community through the Neighborhood Initiatives and Community Partner Program.