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Grant money for faith-based and community groups

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on December 13, 2009 1:50 AM

Smart Choices for Youth is now able to provide grants to faith-based and community organizations.

Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $15,000.

Money must be used for capacity building and sustainability purposes and an application is required.

The program will focus on building the capacity of faith-based and community organizations and programs in Wayne, Wilson, Edgecombe and Sampson counties.

Target areas and social service priority areas will include: low-income individuals seeking to retain employment, earn higher wages, and obtain better-quality jobs; low-income individuals and families in need of financial education; the homeless; elders in need; at-risk youth, including Native American youth; and families in transition from welfare to work.

Smart Choices for Youth will hold a Request for Proposal workshop on Dec. 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Public Library on Ash Street, with registration starting at 1:30 p.m.

Lead pastors or lead agency personnel are invited to attend the workshop to learn how their organizations can become eligible for the grant money.

For more information about the grant program, call Daryl Woodard at (252) 243-2900.