Two local organizations have received the Gannett Foundation’s A Community Thrives social impact grant.
A Community Thrives is a grantmaking and crowd-funding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK and is part of the Gannett Foundation. A Community Thrives supports nonprofit organizations with projects focused on community building and has helped to contribute more than $6.5 million since 2017.
To qualify for a grant, organizations must be affiliated with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, be located within the U.S. and have a U.S.-based project that will improve a local community. Organizations also have to agree to the official rules.
The Endicott Performing Arts Center (EPAC) competed in Tier 1, designated for organizations with operating budgets less than or equal to $500,000. Organizations in Tier 1 had to raise at least $3,000 in online donations to be eligible to receive a grant. EPAC raised $3,175.
The center plans to use the funds toward the installation of motorized theatrical drop line sets.
“Installation of a motorized rigging system at the EPAC Theater will greatly expand the potential uses of the theater for theatrical events, concerts, and much more,” the online fundraiser reads.
“We are definitely excited. We’re thrilled about this project, and any news or movement on it makes us hopeful that we’re getting closer,” said Joe Foti, EPAC’s business manager, in a phone interview Monday.
Foti said the Help Us Fly Project began around 2012. Once it’s finished, it will mark the completion of the building’s refurbishment.
The Broome County Council of Churches competed in Tier 2, designated for organizations with operating budgets greater than $500,000. Organizations in Tier 2 had to raise at least $6,000 to be eligible for the grant. The council raised $6,340.
The organization plans to use the funds toward the construction of the North Side Market.
“With your help, we can finally bring a sustainable solution to the north side’s food desert issue,” the online fundraiser reads. “The success of the grocery store will have a ripple effect throughout Broome County.”
Joseph Sellepack, executive director of the Broome County Council of Churches, expressed his gratitude in an email Monday afternoon.
“We want to thank the Gannet Foundation for the Community Thrives grant. We are grateful that they understood the importance of the North Side Grocery project and made this donation possible,” Sellepack said. “We also want to thank all of the donors to the Crowd Rise Funding whose gifts made it possible for us to be eligible for the additional funding. We are truly humbled by the faith that has been given to us by so many people, congregations and community organizations. To all we say a heartfelt thank you.”