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$60,000 in Beer Festival Grants Awarded


$60,000 in Beer Festival Grants Awarded


1238978_10153200844265316_202786201_nThe Decatur Craft Beer Festival is one of the city’s signature events. Tickets sell out in under and hour.

The good times go toward a good cause. The money raised is distributed to nonprofits that apply for grants.

Last week at a meeting of the Decatur Business Association, Dave Blanchard of the Brick Store Pub announced that $60,000 will be distributed to the 2013 recipients.

City hall provided this information about the organizations:

Ahimsa House. Georgia’s only nonprofit dedicated to making families and communities safer through addressing the link between animal abuse and family violence. They provide shelter and vet care for pets while their owners stay at family violence shelters.

Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta. Funds from the Festival will go to enhance Story Cove, so Decatur youth can overcome reading deficiencies and substantially improve their chances of academic success.

Community Farmers Market Inc. This project will expand outreach to provide “food access” of fresh, healthy local food to the residents of Decatur, with an emphasis on reaching low-income families.

Decatur Active Living Board. The Citizens volunteer Drinking Water Fountain Committee will add three additional drinking fountains in Decatur

Decatur Arts Alliance. YEA! (Young Emerging Artists) A one-day festival for children grades k-12 in which they develop and sell their own artwork. The idea is to teach entrepreneurship and that being an artist can be an occupation. The festival will take place with matching funds fro the Decatur Tourism Bureau and the DDDA.

Decatur Arts Alliance. Sidewalk Saturdays, a street-side celebration of the arts in downtown Decatur. This pop-up program features a juried mix of artists, singers, musicians, dancers, and performers who will entertain and delight all who happen by.

Decatur Makers. Decatur Makers is part tool shed, part community workshop, part computer lab, and part machine shop. The Makers are a community of of experts learning and teaching how to build and fix anything and everything.

DeKalb History Center. Funding will help with the required maintenance for the Swanton House (circa 1830) due to mold and roof problems

DeKalb Rape Crisis Center. Funding pays for this 24-hour crisis line answering service to operate five months.

First Christian Church of Decatur. Funding for this project will help to repair and upkeep Decatur Toy Park, a community asset in Decatur.

I CARE. This organization provides senior citizens of Decatur with transportation and companionship to medial appointments and other necessary excursions.

Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta. LVA is located in downtown Decatur and is the site of 11 classes that will provide instruction to the adults in the Family Literacy Program.

MLK Service Project. Decatur’s Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project directly assists low-income senior homeowners who reside in the City of Decatur by providing house maintenance and repair so that this vulnerable population may remain in their homes safely and comfortably.

On the Same Page. This new, citywide reading initiative fosters a community of readers by bringing families together around the same book.

Our House. Funds will be used to purchase classroom materials and supplies used to support the curricula of the Early Childhood Education programs provided by Our House to homeless children ages six weeks to five years of age.

Poverty is Real. This Decatur-based organization leverages the universal love of music to fight poverty and homelessness at the local level. Specifically, it selects local-level charities combating poverty on the frontlines and host music concerts to celebrate their work and to raise funds for them.

Reading is Essential for All People Inc. REAP’s main objective is to improve reading proficiency in all students, especially struggling readers.

The Community School. This Decatur-based organization supports the developmental and educational growth of adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Woodland Gardens. Funds provided would help pay for a new website and social media presence which will help invite and educate Decatur residents and beyond about the Woodland Gardens.