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Ten regional agencies each received a $10,000 grant Monday from The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and the S.C. Center for Grassroots and Nonprofit Leadership at Clemson University. '
Grants were given to rural faith- and community-based organizations in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties for programs for the homeless, needy elders, at-risk children and infrastructure development.'
"Since we have this grant we're able to go full force," said Shauw Chin Capps, director of Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, a grant recipient. '
Hope Haven is one of 14 state-sanctioned child advocacy centers that works with police on child abuse cases.'
Capps said the money will be used to further Hope Haven's law enforcement outreach and education project, which focuses on providing training to all new police agencies in the four-county region for handling child abuse, particularly sexual abuse cases. '
Twenty-three grant applications were received, said Carolyn Torgersen, spokeswoman for The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.'
"The guidelines of the program are broad and include faith-based programs, which is why you see some churches in the group," Torgersen said.'
Grant recipients included The Baptist Church of Beaufort, Beaufort Marine Institute, Colleton County First Steps, A Community Caring for Children, Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry, The Resource Foundation for Jasper County, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, St. Vincent de Paul of St. Peter's and Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation.'
For the past three years, The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has earmarked $50,000 to be matched dollar for dollar with money from the S.C. Rural Communities Compassion Project, administered by the S.C. Center for Grassroots and Nonprofit Leadership. '
The partnership is part of the Compassion Capital Fund, a project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.