The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry recently awarded more than $198,000 to five area nonprofit organizations, bringing the amount granted since its 1994 founding to nearly $37 million.
The most recent awards were determined at the foundation's board meeting this month, according to a news release Tuesday.
Recipients included Memory Matters, which was given a $20,000 grant to create a part-time position for fund development.
Memory Matters has a new permanent facility and helps families coping with loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Its clientele increased by 25 percent in 2010 and by 30 percent so far in 2011, the release said. Sixteen percent of Memory Matter clients are given scholarships, and there is no waiting list for day care. The fund-development position would allow these services to grow.
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Other recipients were:
Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine Inc., a free medical clinic offering primary care to uninsured and underinsured workers of greater Bluffton and Jasper County. Amount: $50,000 to fund program costs, health care payroll, and startup expenses.
Volunteers in Medicine Clinic on Hilton Head Island, which also offers primary care to uninsured and underinsured workers. Amount: $81,326 to equip a dental clinic in a building beside its current building. The additional space will allow VIM to manage 5,000 to 7,000 more patient visits annually.
HAND Foundation for Animal Shelter Relocation Operations, which pulls, prepares, treats and relocates animals -- for less than $25 per animal -- from shelters where they might be euthanized. Amount: $34,780 to help with a collaborative project that involves animal control, boarding facilities, local veterinarians and rescue groups in the Beaufort County area.
The Children's Center, which serves 135 children in its Bluffton facility. Amount: $12,500 to help purchase a gas stove, tables and chairs for the Family-Style Dining Program in the Bluffton location.
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry website
Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head website
Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine website
HAND Foundation Facebook page
Memory Matters website
The Children's Center website