In Our Community: Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network; Greenville Housing Fund; and more

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Greenville High School raised over $225,000 for Public Education Partners and the Make Summer Count program during its Spirit Week. Photo provided.

GRANT APPLICATION

Partnership for Tomorrow announces the Make Greer Great Grant

Accepting applications for funding until Nov. 2, the Partnership for Tomorrow’s Make Greer Great Grant program offers a maximum award of $3,000. Organizations, civic clubs, neighborhood associations, and community residents with innovative and creative projects are eligible to apply for funds. The projects seeking funding must help make Greer a better place to live, work, visit, and raise a family. 

“The generosity of our business and individual contributors in Greer provides a unique opportunity for PFT to turn the best of these ideas into new programs that will help Greer continue to be one of the most-outstanding communities in South Carolina and one that attracts proud new residents, frequent visitors, and world-class companies,” PFT chairman Jack Lucas said in a news release.

Grant applications may be submitted online at greerchamber.com/make-greer-great-grant.

“PFT has been an important catalyst for some of the more-interesting and innovative programs in Greer throughout the years,” Mayor Rick Danner said in the release. “Providing a forum for the city of Greer, the Greer Commission of Public Works, the Greer Chamber, the Greer Development Corporation, and our private sector partners to collaborate has not only helped to plan collectively, it has given us the resources to work together to implement great ideas.”

CONFERENCE

Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network to host inaugural Upstate Summit

Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network will host its first Upstate Summit on Nov. 9 at Furman University. The conference will feature specialized content and collaborative opportunities for Upstate business and nonprofit leaders, policymakers, advocates, and students. Focusing on women’s economic empowerment, the summit will provide networking, presentations by regional experts, panel discussions, and interactive development of solutions to improve the economic well-being of women. Institute for Women’s Policy Research and Center for American Progress will inform attendants of trends in South Carolina in comparison with national trends. Tickets and additional information can be found at scwren.org. Registration is $35.

FUNDRAISER

Public Education Partners is awarded over $225,000 by Greenville High School students

Greenville High School raised over $225,000 for Public Education Partners and the Make Summer Count program during its Spirit Week. “Because of what [GHS students] did this week, thousands of young children across Greenville will have access to books in their homes,” PEP president and CEO Ansel Sanders said in a news release. “Future Red Raiders will now have home libraries and engage in family reading to eliminate the summer reading slide.”

Greenville High has an annual fundraising competition with J.L. Mann High School during its Spirit Week, which brings the community together to support an organization. J.L. Mann raised $184,000 for the Meyer Center for Special Children. The two schools combined raised over $400,000 that will directly impact students and their educations. This year marks the first time since 2015 that Greenville High has won the event.

“I am amazed each year at what is done this week to bring awareness to a cause and how much money can be raised through students’ efforts,” Greenville High principal Jason Warren said in the release. “I am thankful for the opportunity it provides our students to develop the leadership skills they will need after high school.”

HOUSING FUND

Greenville Housing Fund announces over $800,000 in financing to three organizations

The Greenville Housing Fund awarded $863,000 in financing to Habitat for Humanity, Homes of Hope, and Bywater Development. The money will be used to build and restore over 100 homes in the city of Greenville for those in need. Homes of Hope plans to use the financing to develop nine rental homes in several neighborhoods. Habitat for Humanity will build six homes and develop seven rental homes with Homes of Hope on Jenkins Street in the Sterling neighborhood. With the financing, Bywater Development plans to rehabilitate Stratham Place to preserve 88 affordable rental homes. 

The city of Greenville gave a $2 million grant to help capitalize a revolving-loan fund to support the preservation and production of affordable and workforce housing in Greenville.

“The vision of the GHF is to enable thriving, diverse neighborhoods throughout Greenville. This would not be possible without the support we have received from the City,” GHF chair Bogue Wallin said in a news release. “This grant will help us achieve our goals and, ultimately, provide affordable housing options for those that need it most in our community.”

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