The Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church has awarded grants to eleven projects to address racism and economic disparities in the community. The work follows an anonymous donation of $ 100,000 made to the church earlier this year in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Brownson’s Bold Initiative team reviewed and recommended selected projects from an original pool of 27 grant applications.
“We firmly believe that God unites our community – building bridges of friendship and understanding – through this important work of the Bold Initiative team,” said Bold Initiative co-chairs Martha Butler and Ellie Collins.
Bold Initiative grant recipients include:
$ 15,000 to AME Zion Trinity Church to launch a community-wide fundraising campaign. The church regularly serves meals to the homeless in partnership with the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, runs after-school programs, provides meeting space for a number of local charities, and hosts the annual MLK Prayer Breakfast. Brownson has partnered with Trinity AME to identify and support community efforts that address issues of systemic racism and economic disparity.
$ 14,000 in music production workshops, a series of free workshops to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of art. The project focuses on music production and songwriting to help children of all races learn to write, produce and perform their original musical compositions in a collaborative environment.
$ 12,790 to Heritage Creative Arts School to help develop a safe, stimulating and inclusive learning environment for students in Grades 9-12. The funding was used by the school’s pilot program to purchase laptops and a state license to teach math and English.
$ 11,700 to Inner Genius Unlocked for a summer learning initiative aimed at bringing students to grade level and ensuring that the academic setbacks of a year of virtual learning are not compounded by a summer delay.
$ 10,000 to Jordan Chapel AME Zion Church to repair its roof, among other building upgrades.
$ 6,500 to Love Grove Baptist Church to provide seed money for a community raised garden that will promote healthy eating and exercise. The Moore County Health Department and the Moore County Co-operative Extension Service have partnered with the church on this initiative and surplus food will be distributed free of charge to those in need.
$ 6,500 to sponsor the first annual celebration on June 15 at Cardinal Park in Pinebluff. Founded in the early 1960s, during the time of segregation, Cardinal Park was a place where African American families could enjoy recreational opportunities. The facility underwent a renovation and remodel, and more than 300 people from across Moore County attended the event.
$ 5,000 to the Addor Community Center to help with rehabilitation efforts. The former Rosenwald School was used to house after-school and 4-H programs, in addition to community activities.
$ 4,000 to Courageous Conversations, a year-long series of community events and small group gatherings to discuss issues of systematic racism and economic disparity. Main topics include African American culture and Moore County; a study of the book Fragile Democracy and a look at the moral fusion movement; incarceration and the justice system; and round tables.
$ 2,500 to Tambra Place to help build a new shelter in the West End that will provide transitional housing to at-risk young women between the ages of 18 and 24.
$ 2,500 to the Dreams 4 All Foundation to disinfect lightly used mattresses and purchase new beds to meet the unmet needs of low-income communities in Moore County