Impact 100 Baldwin County Names 2021 Grant Recipients
$450,000 to be Invested into our County
DAPHNE, Alabama – Five area non-profits will now be able to better serve our community thanks to new grants from Impact 100 Baldwin County. At its annual An Evening of Impact on October 26, Impact 100 Baldwin County awarded $450,000 to the Historic Blakeley Foundation, South Baldwin Literacy Council, Daphne Search and Rescue, Mary’s Shelter and the Alabama Free Clinic.
These five agencies were chosen from the focus areas of Arts & Culture & Recreation; Education; Environment & Preservation; Family; and Health & Wellness. They will each receive $90,000.
The non-profit organizations were selected from a competitive field of applicants and vetted by a rigorous review process including site visits, financial analysis and in-depth discussions within the respective focus group. The finalists made a short presentation about their projects at An Evening of Impact and members voted for who they found most compelling. The 2021 recipients were announced the very same night.
“Impact 100 Baldwin County truly has an incredible impact,” local businessman and philanthropist Allen Cox said to members at the gathering. “The work done by this organization makes a tremendous difference in this community, not only through the projects funded but also on the individual and family level.”
ARTS, CULTURE, AND RECREATION:
HISTORIC BLAKELEY FOUNDATION
The Historic Blakeley Foundation works to help restore, preserve, reconstruct, and rehabilitate the Blakeley town site, surrounding sites of the Battle of Fort Blakeley, the nearby Indian mounds and early roadways in the immediate vicinity. Grant funds will be used to provide visitors access to the portion of the Civil War battlefield where the United States Colored Troops fought during the battle of Fort Blakeley in 1865.
SOUTH BALDWIN LITERACY COUNCIL
The South Baldwin Literacy Council (SBLC) provides educational services free of charge to youth and adults in South Baldwin specializing in GED tutoring, ESL classes and youth programs. The grant funds will be used to convert a storage garage into classroom space allowing SBLC to expand its educational and tutoring services by 100 students or more.
ENVIRONMENT AND PRESERVATION:
DAPHNE SEARCH AND RESCUE
Founded in 1974 and incorporated in 1976, Daphne Search and Rescue provides search and rescue of persons lost or in distress in the waterways of over 300 sq. miles in Baldwin County. Grant funds will be used to purchase a “purpose built” vessel, a 28’ all aluminum Scully with an enclosed cabin and trailer, that will enable the teams to work in rougher weather and sea conditions, will protect the crew and equipment from severe elements, and provide faster and safer response times.
Mary’s Shelter provides family-style living to homeless adult pregnant women and is devoted to improving the lives of their residents through programs which focus on education, employment, and financial independence. Impact funds will be used to purchase a box truck, landscaping, framing and drywall, an HVAC system, displays and shelving, and a security system as part of their capital improvement project of constructing a metal building to use as a retail thrift store.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS:
ALABAMA FREE CLINIC
With work from local doctors, nurses, dentists, and clerks, the Alabama Free Clinic provides free medical care and health education programs for adults who are without health insurance. Impact funds will be used to purchase supplies for blood glucose monitoring and a comprehensive education program that will assist in their two-year comprehensive diabetes management project.
Impact 100 is a philanthropic organization of women coming together to make high-impact grants to improve the lives of people in Baldwin County. Visit https://impact100baldwincounty.org/ for more information.