Columbia Foundation awards $194,500 in grants to charities

May 14, 2000

The Columbia Foundation has announced the awarding of $194,500 in grants to 20 local charitable organizations.

The grants were distributed to organizations in the fields of human services, the arts and culture, and educational and community affairs. The largest award, $30,000, was given to Columbia Festival of the Arts, and $22,000 was given to Vision-Howard Countyto fund a part-time staff position to implement its project.

Money is awarded twice during the year after a competitive grant review, said Anne Barney, a marketing associate for the foundation. She said the foundation aims to give money to a diverse group of organizations."We try to cover as many disciplines as possible," Barney said. "We always look to find innovative ideas."

Other recipients include: The ARC of Howard County, which received $20,000 to help furnish and equip the cafM-i and training areas in its facility, and Health Alliance for Patients in Need, which received $16,000 to help fund additional hours of operation, a part-time social worker and a new dental component.

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