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Kingsport groups win $32,800 in grants

February 12th, 2012 11:13 pm by staff report

The Kingsport Community Foundation, an affiliate fund of the East Tennessee Foundation (ETF), has awarded 13 grants totaling $32,800 to area non-profits as part of its 2012 Kingsport Community Foundation grant program.

The 12 local non-profit organizations receiving the grants will honored at a reception at 10 a.m., March 5, in the gallery at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. The recipients have proposed a vast array of opportunities for citizen engagement in arts and culture, education and literacy, and/or health and wellness. Grantee organizations will provide programs and activities that are inclusive in practice and extend opportunities for participation to underserved citizens.

Recipients are:

• The City of Kingsport, $5,000. Workshops will be provided for citizens who want to participate in the design and construction of carousel animals for a handmade working carousel.

• Contact-Concern of Northeast Tennessee Inc., $3,500. Contact-Concern will receive Alliance for Information and Referral Systems accreditation, thereby meeting newly enacted Tennessee standards as a 2-1-1 service provider.

• Girls on the Run of Northeast Tennessee Inc., $1,000. Girls who attend Blountville Elementary School will participate in a program that uses running to teach the principles of self-respect and healthy living.

• Greater Kingsport Alliance for Development, $2,500. A health and wellness program will be provided for children attending the Lee Family Learning Center.

• Kingsport Nursery School Inc., $3,000. Special strollers will enable staff to take children outside in a safe and secure manner, and toddler tumbling mats will support indoor physical activities.

• Kingsport Tomorrow Inc., $1,500. “The Corporate Closet” will provide eligible Kingsport Academic Village graduates with appropriate interview attire and job-readiness skills.

• KingsportARTS, $2,000. The weeklong K.E.Y.P.A.D. Summer Camp will provide local high school students with access to the arts.

• Literacy Council of Kingsport, $1,550. The Literacy Legacy project will improve the employability and parenting life skills of adults who read at a fifth-grade level or below.

• Netherland Inn/Exchange Place Association, $750. A Victorian garden at Hammond House will provide period landscaping and opportunities to teach visitors about traditional Victorian gardens.

• Netherland Inn/Exchange Place Association, $1,000. Heritage Day Camps at the Exchange Place Living History Farm will teach children about spinning and weaving, open-hearth cooking, and other old-time crafts and skills.

• Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, $1,000. The Food for Kids Backpack Program will help ensure that hungry school children have access to food.

• Small Miracles Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center Inc., $5,000. The Student Sponsorship Program will assist youth who could benefit from the equine-assisted activities and therapies program.

• Sullivan County Imagination Library, $5,000. Free books will be provided to children from birth to 5 year old.

The Kingsport Community Foundation was founded in 2000 through gifts from local donors and a matching grant from the East Tennessee Foundation. The Kingsport Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization, governed by a local board of directors. Its mission is to help donors maximize their contributions to the community by awarding grants that enrich lives and strengthen the greater Kingsport community forever. To date, Kingsport Community Foundation has awarded more than $118,070 to organizations that meet the requirements and fulfill the goals of the fund.

The East Tennessee Foundation, established in 1986, is a regional community foundation serving 25 counties in East Tennessee. It administers 13 affiliate funds, including the Kingsport Community Foundation.

For more information, call Terry Holley at (865) 524-1223, toll-free at (877) 524-1223 or e-mail

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