Environment

GWG seeks to enhance our community by supporting projects that protect and preserve natural areas and resources, that improve outdoor recreational opportunities and parks, and that teach conservation, protection and the responsible use of natural resources.

Loaves & Fishes

Year Granted:

Grant Amount: $100,000

Cover the operating costs over two years of four refrigerated trucks that deliver donated perishable produce to organizations which provide nutritious meals to 42,000 in Greenville County suffering from food insecurity. If unused, produce ends up in a landfill, producing harmful methane gas and dangerous chemical leakage into the groundwater. Expanded routes will keep more food out of the landfills and feed more people.

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Greenville County Historic and Natural Resources Trust

Year Granted:

Grant Amount: $100,000

Preserve farmland with minority owners, a group whose land ownership has declined by 95 percent over the last century. The funds will be used to place conservation easements on 200 acres of farmlands in southern Greenville County.

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Conestee Foundation: Lake Conestee Nature Preserve

Year Granted:

Grant Amount: $100,000

Create a Nature Playscape, a unique interactive natural outdoor environment for children to explore and enjoy.

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Mill Community Ministries

Year Granted:

Grant Amount: $50,000

Support the Youth Leadership Program, teaching students job skills while growing fresh produce in communities that lack affordable, healthy food.

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Greenville Zoo Foundation

Year Granted:

Grant Amount: $75,000

To remodel and expand the leopard housing area, meeting requirements for continued participation in the international Amur leopard breeding program.

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City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department

Year Granted:

Grant Amount: $100,000

To restore and rejuvenate the Reedy River through the entire length of Unity Park. This will create a natural stormwater ecosystem, increase green space, encourage river access, and promote environmental education.

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Loaves & Fishes

Year Granted:

Grant Amount: $50,000

$50,000 to purchase an efficient, refrigerated truck to be used daily for the collection and distribution of rescued food to agencies which feed Greenville’s food insecure, simultaneously reducing landfill waste. Read more - https://greenvillejournal.com/2018/09/19/loaves-fishes/.

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Mill Community Ministries

Year Granted:

Grant Amount: $37,946

$37,946 to expand Mill Village Farms’ youth leadership program, which employs, educates and trains at-risk teens while transforming vacant properties into produce gardens for local communities.

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Feed & Seed

Year Granted:

Grant Amount: $34,854

To hire a field coordinator who will add efficiency to the process of providing access to affordable local produce.

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Upstate Forever

Year Granted:

Grant Amount: $80,000

To establish conservation easements to protect signature property along the Reedy River downtown (Camperdown Way) and throughout Greenville County.

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