The Marion County Healthcare Foundation will begin accepting grant applications for 2015 in January of 2015. The foundation will begin awarding Grants in the summer of 2015. Grant Applications can be downloaded from this website and either mailed, emailed or dropped off at the foundation office.
Grant Cycle 2015
Grant cycle for 2015 will begin in January of 2015. Applications will be accepted beginning January 1 through March 31, 2015. Applications are reviewed by the foundation grant committee April through June of 2015. Awards will be announced beginning in July of 2015.
First Grant for 2012 has been awarded to The Arts Council of Marion County
The Arts Council requested funds to purchase computer equipment for the purpose of maintaining a membership database, donation tracking, and membership drives. The $1000 grant will help the Arts Council better organize their resources to bring the citizens of Marion County a taste of the arts and culture through music and artistic expression for their noted craft.
Celebrating Francis Marion Days
The Marion County Healthcare Foundation is pleased to sponsor Francis Marion Days. The celebration begins Friday, February 24 and concludes Sunday, February 26.
Activities include reenactments, Fireside Chats, 10K and 5K runs, children's fun run, Chilli Cook Off and Opera House Musical. Other demonstrations and exhibits to enjoy are Colonial Surveying Techniques, Revolutionary War Wapons, Colonial Coffee Shop, Soap Making, Candle Making, Militia Drills, and Militia Arms demonstrations. The festivities wrap up with special 18th Century service at Marion Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM
MARION COUNTY HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION AWARDS MORE THAN $40,000 IN GRANTS TO LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Marion County Healthcare Foundation Awards Habitat for Humanity, Wildlife Action, Inc., Marion County Collaborative Action Network, The Arts Council of Marion County, American Red Cross, Marion County Council on Aging, Historic Marion Revitalization Association and Marion County Library Grant Requests
April 26, 2012, Mullins, S.C. – Representatives from the Marion County Healthcare Foundation announced today that the foundation’s Board of Directors has approved more than $40,000 in grants for Habitat for Humanity of Marion County, Marion County Collaborative Action Network, The Arts Council of Marion County, American Red Cross, Marion County Council on Aging, Historic Marion Revitalization Association, Marion County Library, as well the Wildlife Action’s Internet initiative. The grant money will be given out during a presentation at the Marion County Healthcare Foundation at 1:00 PM on Thursday, April 26th in the Foundation boardroom.
Habitat for Humanity applied for $15,000 to purchase building materials for new construction of a house in Nichols, SC. The 1,250 square foot three bedroom two bath home will be the 33rd home built in Marion County by Habitat for Humanity. Marion County Habitat for Humanity is a locally-run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit Christian housing organization. It works in partnership with people in need to build or renovate affordable housing. The houses are sold to partnering families at no profit with no-interest cost. “The Directors and I are pleased to be a participant in improving the living conditions and home ownership to one more Marion County citizen,” said Bruce Siegal, chairman of the Marion County Healthcare Foundation board of directors.
Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors also approved the Wildlife Action’s Internet initiative grant request for approximately $5,000 to install cable Internet connection, computers and audiovisual equipment in the Resource Education Center in their national headquarters at Fort Retch, S.C. Wildlife Action is a private, non-profit grass roots organization that promotes public awareness about wildlife habitat, conservation, preservation and restoration of our natural resources. “These funds will give the county a phenomenal full access meeting center for corporate retreats, business meetings, seminars and civic gatherings which highlights Marion County’s natural resources and history,” said Gault “Bunny” Beeson, founder and national president of Wildlife Action, Inc.
Grant funds in the amount of $5,000 were also awarded to Marion County Collaborative Action, Network, CDC for its “Helping Elevate the Lives of People” (HELP) project. Its purpose is to create an environment with positive information and activities that will change people’s perceptions of themselves, their families and their community. The HELP project grant funds will provide the research, design, compilation, promotion and distribution of a one-stop resource manual. The funds awarded will be used in Phase I for a focus on locations, range and scope of services. “We are proud to be helping our community in such a big way so soon. We haven’t been around that long and we are already making a big impact,” said Gene Tucker, executive director, Marion County Healthcare Foundation.
The Arts Council of Marion County was awarded its grant request for $1,000 to upgrade its computer system, purchase new printers and create a new website.
The Arts Council of Marion County is a non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate, promote and preserve arts in education and the community by developing innovative programs and events by forming meaningful partnerships with other cultural, educational and business entities in Marion County. “Our county is enriched by our artists and we want to bring new vibrancy to our residents,” said Tom Griggs, executive director, The Arts Council of Marion County. “I want to thank the Marion County Health Foundation for this grant, which will help us with our longstanding need. This equipment will greatly aid us in performing our duties.”
The American Red Cross has been awarded $5,000 to support Marion County families that have suffered from disaster. The money will bring relief in the form of temporary housing, food and clothes for family members. The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, which provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. “The Red Cross works hard to support Marion County in time of need and this money means a great deal to area families that are suffering,” said Linda Boone Smith, executive director, Marion County Red Cross. “I can’t say thank you enough to the Marion County Health Foundation for supporting our needs by funding our grant request.”
The Marion County Council on Aging has been awarded its grant request of $4,000 to repair a van that transports senior citizens.
The Marion County Council on Aging is committed to improving the quality of life for older adults in Marion County by providing services that enrich, enhance, and promote independent living. The Council on Aging provides funding for home and community-based services for Marion County residents age 60 and older, regardless of income. “Our goal is to coordinate and develop a comprehensive program of local resources and services to best meet the needs of our citizens,“ said Ernistine Wright, director, Marion County Council on Aging. “We recognize the need to be respectful and responsive to our older adults and this money will help us be accountable to all Marion County citizens.”
Historic Marion Revitalization Association will use its grant reward of $4,125 to help pay for banners that will be displayed at the Marion County Farmers Market. In addition to the banners, the money will go towards newspaper advertising and a billboard advertising the farmers market. The City of Marion's Historic Marion Revitalization Association, works with the City of Marion and the Marion Chamber of Commerce to ensure the master plan developed for the Historic downtown is carried out. The organization is committed to leading the revitalization of downtown Marion, making it a desirable place to live and work. The future of Marion depends on building a community that provides a higher quality of life for its citizens. “We are very excited to receive this money that will help reestablish our farmers market,” said Chuck Wiegert, Historic Marion Revitalization Association. “We need to get the word out that the Marion County farmers market offers good organic food at good prices to help our citizens live a healthier life.”
The Marion County Library was granted $1,500 to fund its summer reading program. The library will use the money to purchase books, craft supplies and treats for the children.
The Marion County Library is a countywide system serving a population of 35,466 through the Marion headquarters library, branches in Mullins and Nichols, and a bookmobile. The Marion County Library is an essential community resource whose mission is to insure that all residents have access to the library resources that meet their educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs. The Marion County Library impacts positively the quality of life in the community through continually improved library services and outreach. “Summer reading programs put books in the hands of Marion County children which is so important to avoiding the ‘summer slide’ in children’s reading achievement,” said Gene Tucker, executive director, Marion County Healthcare Foundation. “We are happy to help provide access to books and library programs over the summer to help improve literacy and improved reading skills in Marion County.