4-County Foundation awards $47K in grants to nine area nonprofits

Mary Pollitz | December 11, 2018

4-County Foundation awards $47K in grants to nine area nonprofits
The Starkville Area Arts Council relies heavily on 4-County Electric Power Cooperative. Executive Director John Bateman said 4-County is one of three major sponsors that help SAAC introduce children to creative thinking with Art in the Park, an event hosted each October with hands-on arts and crafts. Monday afternoon, Bateman received a $2,000 grant from 4-County to continue that creative education in Starkville. "We couldn't do this event without any of our donors," Bateman said. "We rely on every donor to this project to pull it off. That day requires anywhere from 75 to 100 volunteers. Every funder and every volunteer is a team member and we're very grateful for their support." SAAC was one of nine nonprofit organizations that 4-County donated to Monday afternoon. Every two months, the 4-County Foundation chooses area nonprofits and charities to help with grants. This month, the foundation donated more than $47,000 to area organizations. A specific organization cannot receive 4-County funds more than once a year. 4-County members -- which include rural power customers in Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay, Noxubee, Monroe, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Winston and Webster counties can choose to have their utility bills "rounded up" to the nearest dollar. With more than 30,000 participating 4-County members, those "rounded up" bills continue to add up. Since February 2015, the 4-County Foundation has donated more than $850,000 to 130 organizations.

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