Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes.1 These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together

Community Impact Grants  ( 2018-2022 )

  • Arts, Books and Children Grant (ABC Grant) – Colquitt County Arts Center
  • YES Summer Camp (Youth Enrichment Summer Camp) – Southwest Georgia Community Action Council
  • Colquitt County Baby Book – Family Connection
  • Health Occupations Internship and Math Enrichment Program – Colquitt Regional Medical Center

Community Impact Grants  ( 2021-2024 )

  • Leadership Colquitt County – Diversity in leadership is another goal we have for our local students and community. We have embarked on a three-year grant with Leadership Legends to create a pipeline of African American males to become productive members of their communities and lead a transformational change process for the community.  A big shout out to the school system’s own Brian Knighton, Principal at Stringfellow, for co-founding this fantastic      organization along with RJ Taylor.
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library & Colquitt County Schools – After over 15 years of “The Dictionary Project”, we are happy to announce a new   partnership in the making with Nick Chastain, PreK Director, to bring free monthly    books to ages birth to five in our community. Anyone is eligible to sign up for these free books. The 3-year community impact grant totals $30,000 to support this program.
  • Project Purpose – Project Purpose is a multi-pronged program designed to introduce high school students to local industry opportunities. A joint effort of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Development Authority and the Moultrie-Colquitt County Chamber of Commerce, and through partnerships with local schools and employers, Project Purpose aims to position Southwest Georgia for excellence in workforce development, job growth, and economic impact. Two boot camp tracks designed for fast-paced preparation, credentialing, and interviewing for a select group of seniors. Upon completion of the boot camp, students will be guaranteed interviews with participating companies with entry-level positions available. They’ll also leave with multiple certifications through curriculum led by Southern Regional Technical College. Maximum 12 students per track.
  • heART Smart Program with Colquitt County Art Center – Providing access to a free monthly class in cooking, yoga and art journaling to low income families to promote better, healthier lifestyle choices.

Grant Opportunities

United Way of Colquitt County is offering a Community Impact grant in the area of education. Applications for funding must align with one of our education strategies.

1) Supporting parents and caregivers of young children to ensure nurturing environments that promote early literacy and school readiness.    

2) Equipping trusted advisors (doctors, parents, educators) to screen, identify, and  intervene  on early development issues that could prevent student success.

3) Offering special support for immigrant families, especially the children, to learn English.

4) Enhancing out-of-school environments for youth particularly for students at risk of dropping-out.

5) Establishing community hubs (in libraries, schools, churches, parks) where students and families can take part in learning activities.

6) Expanding school-to-work programs for Junior High and High Schools students that educate students about life skills, workforce readiness, financial literacy, and college or career guidance.


Applications are not available at this time.  

To receive an application, please email your request to Caroline Horne at   

1Figure according to Communities in Schools, one of America’s leading drop-out prevention partnerships.

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