The Outer Banks Community Foundation has awarded four Community Enrichment Grants to meet a variety of needs in the Outer Banks.
theater of audacity received a $20,000 grant to pay for renovations and purchase technology and storage equipment at their new long-term home in Kitty Hawk. Now in its 32nd season, the group offers large-scale theater productions, summer theater camps and shows for children each year, as well as a Monday night comedy club for adults. “Our plan is to expand from just performing to providing camps and classes for children, booking concerts and hosting events,” said Theater of Dare business manager Kelsey Thompson. “We have an incredible group of artists and volunteers, but it also takes money. The Community Foundation scholarship means that we will be able to provide a wider variety of performing arts experiences to the community, and we couldn’t be more grateful.
Daring challenge from the outer banks received a $30,000 grant for its new facility in Wanchese that will triple its capacity to house people in its drug treatment program. In 2019, there were 19 drug-related deaths in Dare County; so far this year, there have been eight. Dare Challenge has 15 years of experience successfully treating men with substance abuse disorders. “Dare Challenge is a beacon for those struggling on the sea of addiction and looking for a safe harbor,” said Dustin Daniels, Executive Director of Dare Challenge. “Our expansion will allow more people to break free from their addictions.”
MANE & TAILL Therapeutic Riding Academy received an $18,948 grant to support its program for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The grant will also help launch a new program to help at-risk youth learn life skills by working with horses and other animals. “Our new program for children at risk provides a safe and nurturing environment where change and growth can take place,” said MANE & TAILL Managing Director Samantha Iulo. “The planned activities will teach participants how to make independent choices and help them develop communication skills, greater empathy and appropriate responses to peer pressure and other stressors.”
The Outer Banks Family YMCA received a $12,000 grant for financial assistance to families in need with children wishing to attend summer camp. “We believe that all children and teens should have the opportunity to participate in safe and fun summer programs that support their learning and growth,” said Sam Wills, senior director of the Outer Banks Family YMCA program. “We are grateful for this grant which allows us to provide financial assistance to families in need this summer.
The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that connects people who care with important causes. Based in a historic flat-roofed cottage in Southern Shores, the Community Foundation manages $25 million across more than 200 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, makes grants to nonprofits, operates more than 60 programs scholarships and provides bespoke services to help donors pursue their charitable activities. interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $12 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.
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