These groups say they reinvest right back into the community. The money will go to organizations like Heart Ed Youth Zone and the Ivy Heritage Foundation of Irmo. “We give them all the tools that they need to get ready for college, being that if it’s SAT, ACT help, tutoring, we bring in financial aid,” said Jamesetta Lovett, immediate past president of Ivy Heritage Foundation of Irmo.
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About 11 non-profits have already submitted their applications for grants ranging from $2,000 – $400,000. “I think it’s something that we can do as a town to help everybody recover from COVID,” Barry Walker, Irmo mayor said.
As of now, the town has about $1M worth of grant requests. Applications for this grant money closed January 18, 2022.
RELATED: Irmo girl loves, helps animals, one stitch at a time “Most of the garden is going to be for people that grow fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, it’s going to be year-round,” Lovett said. If Ivy Heritage Foundation of Irmo gets the grant money they requested, they say they’ll be spending it on a brand new community garden.
“They set up a program where the kids could go to their center and basically get access to broadband, get help with their homework and they actually picked the kids up from where they live and bring them to the center,” Walker said. Heart Ed Youth Zone launched a program for local children back when the pandemic first shut schools down and shifted to remote learning.
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