On The Table Macon Conversation to Action Mini-Grants Announced

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

Community Foundation of Central Georgia announced the recipients of the Conversation to Action Mini-Grants, which were designed to give seed funding to ideas sparked by CFCG’s second On the Table Macon 2019 – where Macon-Bibb County residents came together on October 30th in mealtime conversations designed to generate new ideas, inspire bold solutions, cultivate relationships and collaborations, and inspire action to improve communities in Macon-Bibb County. In all, $40,000 was awarded to 42 projects that will support actionable solutions to benefit the Macon-Bibb community. CFCG looked for projects that featured a new idea generated through an On The Table Macon conversation, focused on action and collaboration to provide innovative, more efficient approaches to solving community issues, addressed needs not currently being met by an existing organization, and reached a broad segment of the community.

CFCG was one of 10 community foundations across the U.S. participating in On the Table, a national initiative funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Everyone who lives, works or plays in Macon-Bibb County was invited to participate in On the Table Macon. On October 30th, nearly 5,000 guests joined hundreds of tables in conversation with organizations and individuals of all ages, from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds stepped up to the plate, joined the conversation, and made connections to support future collaborative action.

“Residents have the greatest impact on making their community a better place to live and they want to and believe they can make a difference,” said Nancy Cleveland, Communications Associate of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.

Conversation to Action Mini-Grant Recipients:

Crime, Violence, and Public Safety:

Sundra Woodford | Community Male Youth Violence Prevention Forum | $1,000

Grand Opera House | Youth Violence Awareness to Action | $1,000

Kingdom Life | 2020 Mental Health Symposium | $1,000

Juawn Jackson | Mental Health Matters, Macon! | $1,000

Robin Crosby | Trauma Training For Youth Workers | $1,000

Andrea Cooke | Therapeutic Poetry Nights | $1,000

Andrea Cooke | SCCT Trauma-Informed Community Drum Circle Project | $1,000

River Edge Behavioral Health | Mental Health & Wellness Education | $1,000

Campus Clubs, Inc. | Outdoor Meditation Garden | $1,000

Carl Fambro | Peace in the Village | $1,000

Macon Recovers, Inc. | Recovery Messaging Training & Message Dissemination | $1,000

Charise Stephens | Macon Youth Bike Rodeo | $500


Poverty and Economic Security:

United Way of Central Georgia | Financial Literacy: Making the Money Count | $1,000

Macon Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. | Heirs Property Workshop | $1,000

Tarika Pitts | Millennial Money Talks with One Dope CPA | $1,000

SCORE | Startup Outreach | $1,000

Poverty and Economic Security (cont…):

River Edge Foundation | Opening Doors to New Resources: Getting IDs | $1,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia | Mentor Recruitment for Bibb County | $1,000

New Media Macon | Making the Invisible Visible | $1,000

Andrea Cooke | SPCCS Community Engagement Project | $1,000

Gigi Weaver | Learning While Growing | $1,000


Good Jobs and Economic Development:

The Mentors Project of Bibb County, Inc. | Job Fairs | $1,000

Carl Fambro | Digital Discovery | $1,000

Macon Bibb County Community Enhancement Authority | Tools for Change | $750

Central Georgia Technical College | Houston County Each One Reach One | $1,000

Daniel Montoute | Young Writers Workshop | $1,000

MaconIt | MaconIt Community Conference | $800

Christele Nicolas | Community Hackaton | $750


Race Relations and Racial Discrimination:

Steven DeGeorge | Field of Hope Amphitheater | $1,000

Steven DeGeorge | Field of Hope Reconciliation Event | $1,000

Christele Nicolas | Macon Spectrum Conversations | $1,000

Sheknita Davis | Discover | $500

Yolanda Latimore | Poetic Peace Arts Presents Souls from the Soil | $1,000

Storytellers Macon & Macon Arts Alliance | Storytellers Podcast Project | $1,000


Housing Issues:

Betty Jean Slater | Preparing Youth for Service | $1,000

Rebuilding Macon | Local Action in Fort Hill | $1,000


Community Engagement:

Ingram Pye Elementary School | At iPYE, iLEAD | $1,000

Street To Success, Inc. | I Am Somebody Coloring Book, Media, & Oratorical Contest | $1,000

The Grand Opera House | Macon Arts and Culture Meetups (MACDTs) | $1,000

Tiara Johnson | Family Craft Night | $1,000

Susan Cable | Make Macon Litter Free | $500