Grant recipients are announced for first On the Table Macon

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Community Foundation of Central Georgia is announcing winners for its first On the Table, Conversation to Action grants. In October, community members got together for good food and conversation to discuss issues and solutions in Macon.

$15,000 are going into 17 different projects and ideas. The money is going to people just wanting to help their neighbors.

“It’s not about what somebody is going to do for us, it’s what we can do as a community to help each other,” Community Foundation of Central Georgia President Kathryn Dennis said.

Nearly 5,000 people met in October for food and conversation, to hear ideas on how to continue moving Macon forward.

“It’s about what we want to do and how we’re going to get it done and we’re not going to wait for somebody else to do it for us,” he said.

Some people who submitted their ideas, are receiving money from the Community Foundation of Central Georgia’s Conversation to Action grant.

“You can’t just stop at talking. You have to work together to make things better and that’s what these grants are going to enable people to do,” Dennis said.

Recipient, Antonio Williams is receiving two, $1,000 grants. Both are helping his neighborhood, Pleasant Hill.

“Conditions and the visuals are not the same, the feeling is not the same, but it’s still home and we’re just trying to restore some of that history of people who paved the way and they left a real legacy,” Williams said.

He already coordinates monthly neighborhood clean-ups.  This money will further his efforts and the second grant goes to keeping kids warm this winter.

“We’re just trying to address the need of a lot of kids in the neighborhood that don’t have adequate coats and try to provide that need for those kids,” he said.

Grant recipients vary from Williams’ coat donations to a bathroom for homeless, to mental health symposium.

There will be another $5,000 grant awarded in January, after The Community Foundation reviews surveys completed by on the table participants.

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