DIG receives $150,000 grant

D.I.G. is excited to announce a nearly $150,000 grant for a 21st Century Community Learning Center in Williston.

The grant’s first year award provides for an afterschool program the entire 2017-2018 school year and overall will continue through the 2020-2021 school year.

“The grant highlights the fact that DIG will continue to be a key supporter of STEAM education in the CSRA and will continue to seek opportunities for the area,” said DIG President and Founder Steven Brown. “This also gives us an opportunity to elevate what we do in the future.”

The federal grant is awarded through the South Carolina Department of Education, which selected DIG’s STEAM and Literature Enrichment Afterschool Program for funding in its grant competition. The after-school program runs from the time school is let out until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The curriculum is project-based with a focus on enriching students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM). Typical activities also include snack and a health education message, tutoring and homework assistance, and recreation.

“We took all the knowledge of how we have served kids in the past and made it even better for the future,” Brown said. “At a time when families are struggling to meet basic needs, this program provides a place for children to receive help with academic and social needs. And we are not going to stop with just these dollars -- this is the time when we need more support than ever for all of the programs our children so richly deserve and whether it’s for after-school, summer, mentoring, or scholarships, this is the time for everyone to DIG DEEP!”

The first-year grant is for the amount of $149,797. The grant will be evaluated for renewal at the end of each grant year.

The grant schedule is as follows:

- Year One (2017-2018): $149,797

- Year Two (2018-2019): $122,534

- Year Three (2019-2020): $120,034

- Year Four (2020-2021): $116,494