The Golden Triangle RC&D believes it’s a combination of factors that make a community great. Clean air and water, vibrant parks and recreation areas, active citizen involvement, great schools, effective social services, and a spirit of local pride all factor into making a community one we want to call home.
Working through our mission and vision, we have created a self-funded investment program which works to assist the residents in our service delivery area to achieve a sustainable natural resource base, increase social and economic opportunities, and improve quality of life. This program endeavors to make a positive difference through targeted grants to causes and organizations that help advance the social, economic, educational, environmental, and agricultural interests of cities and counties in the communities we serve.
Preference is given to organizations in our service delivery area that can demonstrate clear, measurable results toward stated objectives and a solid track record for success. The counties in our service delivery area include: Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole, Stewart, Thomas, Terrell and Worth.
The Community Grant Award is usually offered in a Request for Proposal once a year. Please check our website for the dates of the next round of funding, current grant guidelines, and applicable due dates.
2017 Winner - Clay County Family Connection, Inc.
This grant was used to help teach children to swim and provide boating and water safety classes.
2017 Winner - UGA Cooperative Extension, Terrell County
The grant was used to purchase a Phantom 4 Pro drone with a camera and software that will aid in early disease, pest and erosion detection.
2017 Winner - Southwest Georgia STEM Charter School, Shellman
Students used the grant to create unique stepping stones that will provide aesthetic pathway to the garden and help prevent erosion.
Complete list of 2019 Winners
City of Colquitt Police Department
Project Title: Training Range & Obstacle Course
The grant will be utilized to leverage other funding to enhance a piece of property to offer gun safety, self-defense courses, obstacle course for training and health and wellness and recreational activities.
Early County Board of Commissioners
Project Title: Bicentennial Park
The grant will be used to establish a green space downtown with tables, seating, fountain, and landscaping to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Early County.
Stewart County Commission
Project Title: Stewart County Tourism Brochure
The grant will be used to to leverage other funding for the printing of a Stewart County tourism brochure.
Randolph County Chamber of Commerce
Project Title: Randolph County Recreation Department Project
The grant will be used for renovations to the recreation areas and repairs to signs park signs damaged by Hurricane Michael.
Spring Creek Health Cooperative
Project Title: Spring Creek Health Signage
The grant will be used to purchase an outdoor sign for the Spring Creek Health Cooperative building. The funds will also be used to purchase logo two tablecloths for public relations efforts.
Pelham Chamber of Commerce
Project Title: Welcome Signs - Promoting Tourism
The grant will be used toward the purchase of two “Welcome” signs to be placed on Hwy 19; one North and one South of Pelham.
Grady County Commissioners/Chamber of Commerce
Project Title: Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve Video
The grant will be used to create a video for the Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve showing the lilies in bloom and interviewing the Wolf Creek volunteers and botanist.
Clay County Family Connections
Project Title: Learn for Life (Season #4)
For the third consecutive year, Golden Triangle provided a grant to help mitigate drownings in Walter F. George Lake through providing swimming lessons and water safety to low income children of Clay County. These services are provided based on the suggestions of The Child Fatality Review Committee.
Pataula Center for Children
Project Title: Community Engagement and Awareness Project
The grant will be used to promote awareness and increase education on the topic of child abuse in the Pataula Judicial Circuit (Clay, Early, Miller, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole and Terrell). The purchase of informative literature and educational resources will more effectively provide community members with access to information on child abuse and related topics.
Volunteer Fire Department grants
Golden Triangle's Volunteer Fire Department grant program launched in spring 2018
In recognition of the hard work and necessity of Southwest Georgia's rural fire departments, we launched a small reimbursement grant program. One volunteer fire department from each of our service counties can apply for a $1,000 reimbursement* grant to cover supplies and/or training events in support of their mission.
The first round of the grant closed on June 1st, 2018. Check back in 2019 for more info on next year's grant opportunity.
*Reimbursement grants are disbursed to award recipients for expenses incurred after grant agreement has been signed.
Complete list of 2019 Winners
Stewart County Volunteer Fire Dept
Project: 14 Vantage 180 flashlights
Mitchell County Fire and Rescue
Project: 4 Adult CPR mannequins and 4 infant CPR mannequins
Newton/Baker County Fire and Rescue
Project: 4 Water rescue vests
Colquitt/Miller Fire Rescue
Project: 2 Tele Crib All in One Strut- used for patient extraction in vehicle crashed
Randolph County Fire and Rescue
Project: Technical rescue equipment for search and rescue-200’ Life Safety Rope, 150’ Life Safety Rope, Search and Rescue bags, single pulley, etc.
Birdsong Nature Center
Project: Equipment upgrade and replacement for prescribed burning
Decatur County Fire and Rescue
Project: Equipment for training
Calhoun County Fire/Rescue/EMA
Project: Purchase firefighter training manuals