There are 15 grant recipients including the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Brazosport Planetarium, Brazoria and Danbury volunteer fire departments and the Gathering Place. Dow hands out the grants annually to southern Brazoria County municipalities, church groups and nonprofit organizations that contribute to the community.
“I’m excited about the projects that are receiving funding. I think they are doing great things for this area,” Dow Vice President Gary Hockstra said in a statement.
Since 2004, the grants program has provided more than $1.2 million in funding to local nonprofit organizations through the Dow Chemical Co. Foundation.
The grant program is one of the main ways Dow provides financial support to the area, and in tough economic times, continuing the program was more important than ever, Hockstra said in the statement.
Dow received 72 applications this year, which was a record, Dow spokeswoman Trish Ritthaler said.
The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory plans to use its $25,000 grant to build an elevated bird-watching area and a ground-level outdoor educational platform at the edge of its wetlands.
“Kids can come and use a curriculum that we put together for what to look for in water,” Executive Director Cecilia Riley said. “They can lay down on the deck and use dip nets to pull things up.”
Recipients are expected to receive their funds at a dinner Aug. 20.
The recipients of the 2009 Dow Community Grants were:
Angleton Community Food Pantry: $5,792 for new refrigerators
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory: $25,000 for an outdoor classroom
Brazoria Volunteer Fire Department: $8,575 for a portable lighting system
Camp Karankawa Boy Scouts of America: $25,000 for a new drinking water tank
White’s Cottage Center: $6,510 for summer recreation program equipment
Nature Center and Planetarium: $25,000 for full dome projection system
The Gathering Place: $985.55 for Alzheimer’s patient and caregiver education and activities
Boy Scout Troop 394: $3,001 for trailer repair and tents
Lake Jackson Historical Association: $8,550 for new robotics system
SPCA of Brazoria County: $794.39 for materials for Kritters and Kids Summer Camp
Salvation Army Kid’s Castle Daycare: $25,000 for kitchen renovation
Danbury Volunteer Fire Department: $7,095 for auto extraction equipment
Regional Resources: $1,150 for education materials for suicide support group
Junior Achievement: $2,244 for Careers with a Purpose educational materials
Brazoria County Historical Museum: $4,950 for historic landscape restoration at Austin Town
The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory is a 501(c) (3) organization. Its mission is to protect birds and their habitats around the Gulf of Mexico. GCBO is recognized as the authority on Gulf of Mexico bird conservation. It accomplishes its mission by building innovative and sustainable partnerships with communities, educators, governments, industries, universities, individuals, and fellow conservation groups. www.gcbo.org