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Women’s Impact Fund announces $377,500 in grants to charitable programs

The Charlotte-based Women’s Impact Fund has awarded $377,500 in grants to five local nonprofits for their work with children, homeless people and the environment.

Created as a collective-giving organization for female leaders, the fund has given out more than $3.7 million since 2003. It currently has nearly 400 members.

Grant recipients this year included:

• Charlotte Children’s Choir’s SingOut! program, an after-school chorale at the Bette Rae Thomas Center. SingOut! serves at-risk youth from the surrounding neighborhood. Grant dollars will purchase a piano, teaching supplies and curriculum, as well as pay for a part-time education and outreach coordinator and accompanist.

• Child Care Resources Inc.’s Raising a Reader project, an early reading program serving low-income children in local child care centers. Grant dollars will purchase books, bags and materials, and pay for personnel and other program costs.

• TreesCharlotte for NeighborWoods, a program to replenish and sustain Charlotte’s tree canopy in deforested and underserved areas. Grant dollars will purchase 1,800 trees and partially pay for six tree-planting events.

• Barium Springs Home for Children earned the health-focused grant for its Court Psychologist Program, which provides on-site comprehensive psychological assessments and consultation services for children referred through Mecklenburg County’s Juvenile Court. The grant will support staff salary and benefits.

• The Salvation Army’s Rapid Rehousing Program, a model to rapidly re-house homeless families within 60 days of admission to the Center of Hope Shelter. Grant dollars will provide salary and benefits for one full-time social worker.

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