Families receive grants from Partnership for Children

Apr. 03, 2014 @ 03:43 AM

Four families and individuals are the recipients of grants provided by board members of the Partnership for Children of the Foothills.

In February, the board formally approved the Family Grant Program that is provided through donations from the board members.

Board members are encouraged each year to give rsonally to the partnership that directs the programs for Rutherford County children from birth to age five. In 2013, more than 3,000 children in the three county partnership — Rutherford, Polk and McDowell — were impacted by partnership programs.

By making their personal donations, the board also has an opportunity to decide how the money will be spent.

During Tuesday’s regular meeting, board chair Cathie Campbell informed members of the grant recipients of the first Family Grant Program.

The names remain anonymous unless recipients want to publicly share their stories, Campbell explained. 

One $400 grant was awarded to a single mother who will buy a cranial helmet for her a seven-month-old child for head development.

A $500 grant was awarded to a woman who needed tires, rotors and a front end alignment. 

Another $500 grant was awarded to a family who needed a transmission.

The fourth grant recipient is receiving $75 for a family membership to KidSenses in Rutherfordton.

When the board approved the Family Grant Program in February,  the board said it would offer up to three or more grants per year to low-income families with at least one child that is birth to age 5. Grants will be up to $500.

The application form instructed the applicant to apply for the funds for something that would make a significant difference to the family.

Grant funding could be used for the purchase of tires, car repair, a security deposit that will allow the family to move to a better living situation, car seats, new clothing or a larger need such as a washer or dryer.

A nine-member selection committee comprised of three board members from Rutherford, Polk and McDowell counties.

The applicants were asked to explain in 100 words or less what their need was, the approximate cost and why it would make a difference to them. 

Campbell said 26 people applied for grants. Ten applicants didn’t meet the criteria, and 16  were reviewed and the four recipients were chosen.

Campbell said all three counties had winners.

Executive Director Barry Gold complimented the board for its giving to the grant program. 

Also Tuesday, board members approved financial reports and learned of fundraising events.