2019 Grant Recipients

The African American Museum of History and Culture - $5,000
Funding will support the ongoing efforts of the museum to provide citizens of Gaston and surrounding counties the opportunity to explore, encourage and learn about the history and culture of African Americans. Funding will also provide hands-on learning experiences in local history, as well as the history of African Americans on regional and national levels. The project will feature programs for all ages, exhibitions, guest speakers and displays. American

Red Cross - $4,000
Funds will support the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign in Gaston County. This program allows the American Red Cross to provide critical services to families affected by home fires, and lifesaving tools and information to protect families from them.

BackPack Weekend Food Program - $10,000
The BackPack Weekend Food Program is was awarded funds for the 2019-20 school year to feed students on the weekends. When you’re hungry, it’s difficult to learn. In many Gaston County classrooms, stomachs are grumbling, particularly on Monday mornings. For some students, hunger is an obstacle to receiving an education. For nearly 9 years, the BWFP has been helping students in need by making sure they receive food to take home on the weekend.

Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation - $10,000
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation was awarded funding to go towards impacting Gaston County waterways through the Riverkeeper Program and by expanding its environmental education programming for youth. Examples of activities include, but are not limited to: water quality monitoring, pollution investigating and reporting, school field trips, classroom visits, and summer programs for students.

Catherine's House - $5,000
Since 1992, Catherine’s House has provided transitional housing to women and their children facing homelessness. In addition to continuing its successful core program, Catherine’s House seeks to expand services related to emotional wellness for the women and children in our care. Funding will support inhouse counseling services and associated materials and supplies.

Christ Community Outreach Food Ministry - $1,500
Funding will assist with the transportation costs associated with traveling to and from local food banks and distribution centers to pick-up donated goods such as medical supplies, toiletries, and paper goods. Funds will also be used to purchase food for the food bank when necessary.

Greater Gaston Development Corporation - $20,000
Funding will support the Greater Gaston Development Corporation to substantially enhance the critical work of the Gaston Outside campaign, now in its fourth year.

Classroom Central - $7,500
Classroom Central collects and distributes free school supplies to students living in poverty. During the 2018-2019 school year we served 37 schools and 9,640 students in Gaston County and distributed supplies valued at $535,300 to Gaston County teachers and students. Funding will provide core, urgently needed school supplies to be distributed through our Free Store and ClassVROOM Central Mobile Free Store program to serve schools and students in need.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden - $10,000
DSBG has celebrated their 20th Anniversary all year-long in 2019 with several signature events. A very successful first time event, Hats in the Garden, was held on May 17th to kick-off the celebrations and feature our four month exhibitor, Jason Gamrath. Funds from this grant will be used to fund the “stickworks exhibit” done by artist Patrick Dougherty.

Dream Center of Gaston County - $25,000
The Dream Center Academy (DCA) is the signature program of the Dream Center of Gaston County. DCA accepts up to 40 rising sixth graders annually into their 5-week summer and academic year afterschool program and will attend the Academy through their high school graduation. All students are identified as having the potential to graduate from high school and gain college admission; each faces obstacles that could prohibit them from achieving these goals.

First Presbyterian Church, Belmont - $2,000
FPC will expand its FTC program, which provides backpacks containing breakfast, lunch, fresh fruit, and healthy non-perishable items to local children identified by Gaston County Schools (GCS.) Each Thursday volunteers will meet the GCS bus, which delivers lunches at Cline and Trey McKee Trailers Parks, to distribute backpacks filled with supplementary food. Also FPC volunteers will purchase, prepare, assemble, and deliver meals to qualifying GCS children each weekday over Winter/Spring holidays.

Gaston Aquatics - $20,000
Funding will support the feasibility study and construction of an aquatic center with the only indoor 50- meter pool between Charlotte and Boone in North Carolina, the only inground, designated programming (rehab) pool in Gaston County, the only aquatic facility in the region with raised spectator seating (for more than 1,200), year-round aquatic training for emergency personnel, and aquatic safety/swim instruction for children and adults.

Gaston County Museum - $4,000
The Gaston County Museum has received overwhelming support for the mural art program “They Call Us Vandals”. Funding will support the expansion of this program to high schools in Gaston County by partnering with mural artists from Talking Walls, Charlotte. This collaboration will result in each school painting a freestanding wall which will engage students and administrators across the County in a virtual battle of artistic expression, and a final exhibit at the Loray Mill.

Gaston Family Health Services - $15,000
Funds will support the NC Dental Society’s Missions of Mercy (NCMOM) event which will provide free dental care at Bethlehem Church September 18-19, 2020. NCDS provides equipment for a 60-chair dental clinic; the community is responsible for recruiting volunteers and funding the $80,000 event costs through private donations.

The Gastonia's Potters House - $5,000
Funding will go towards the purchase of a 15-passenger van to transport clients of the Potters House to and from the facility, including but not limited to detox centers, court, job training classes, probation, medical appointments, volunteer activities and more.

Gaston Literacy Council - $8,720
GLC is expanding the Reading Soul Mates (RSM) program. RSM provides trained tutors for one-on-one reading support for 2nd graders in select Gaston County elementary schools. These students are identified as reading below grade level and at risk for grade retention. Funding will support partial salary/FICA of a 2nd part-time RSM Coordiantor, allowing us to serve 6 additional elementary schools and approximately 90 additional students.

Gaston School of the Arts - $5,000
Funds will support royalities for the 7 shows in the upcoming 2019/20 Children's Playhouse Season. GSOA Children's Playhouse has developed a reputation for providing great education in the dramatic arts and interest from the community to view the programming with sold-out performances.

Gaston Together - $10,000
Funds will be used to launch Gaston Vision 2030 (GV2030). This community visioning and engagement process will develop a roadmap for public and private organizations to work together to achieve a shared vision. Funding will cover the collection of community data, facilitation and engagement of community input, development of a clear community vision, and the initial implementation of the visioning plan. Funds will pay for a professional facilitator and costs for meetings and public communication.

Heart Society of Gaston County, Inc. - $7,500
The requested grant would be used to purchase cardiac related medication through local pharmacies for clients who are uninsured, for clients who have insurance but cannot afford their co-pay, and for clients who are waiting for their application to be approved by the pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs. Overhead costs are covered by special events and other funders.

House of Mercy, Inc. – $2,000
Funds will be used to replace the furniture in three resident rooms, as well as replace televisions in all six resident rooms. House of Mercy creates a home atmosphere for our residents and periodic upkeep of the furnishings is necessary to achieve that level of comfort.

Junior League of Gaston County - $3,000
The Annual Truck Fest event is free to the public and done in conjunction with the Community Foundation Run. The event hosts trucks from our community, First Responders, as well as, private vendors. Funds from this grant help keep the event free to the public. All proceeds from Truck Fest are used to support programs for the education & health of women and children in Gaston County & train women leaders.

The King's Daughters Ministry - $5,000
Funds will be used to purchase a van for the ministry. The van is needed to transport residents for various appointments such as counseling, doctor appointments, grocery shopping, and work.

Off the Streets Program - $7,500
Funding will be used to purchase a climate-controlled storage unit, remodeling and ventilation system for the bathroom of the transitional living house. Funding will also be used to continue to pay the transportation coordinator and counselor, who will provide one-on-one and group counseling sessions for women who are in the program.

Rotary Foundation of Gaston County - $20,000
The Rotary Foundation of Gaston County, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Gastonia, will use the funds to build six standard and two handicapped restrooms near the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Gastonia, each with a sink and a separate entrance, and with exterior water fountains, to celebrate the Club’s Centennial on January 1, 2020.

The Schiele Museum of Natural History - $7,000
Funds will be used to renovate the 18th Century Farm into a new experience that introduces a diversity of live, domesticated animals used in agriculture, increase awareness of the importance of farms to our society, increase quality of life by providing a valuable learning experience that is fun and engaging, and provide opportunities for families and students to reconnect with their ancestral heritage through programs and informal interaction.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina - $10,000
Funding will provide a partner agency in Gaston County with a walk-in cooler to improve their capacity to accept more refrigerated items (including produce, meat and dairy) from our branch in Dallas, NC and from retailers in the county who participate in our Retail Pick-Up Program.

TechWorks Gaston - $25,000
Funds will be used primarily to fund qualified instructors, program development and management, and the required technology hardware, software, and related devices and equipment to deliver the expansive offering of technology and "maker space" courses of the Technology Academy. Most of the TechWorks course instructors have taught for free to date, as they have been very supportive of the mission and its positive long-term impact to Gaston County.

United Way of Gaston County - $40,000
Funds will be used to refresh the outside facade and add to the excitement of the downtown growth and to our internal excitement as we "refresh" and grow our organization as a convener for change in Gaston County.

To view grant recipients prior to 2019, view our annual reports here: Publications.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 123 Gastonia, NC 28053

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1201 E. Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054




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