Gullah Geechee Corridor awarded $400K grant

From staff reports

The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor announced that The Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice has selected the Gullah Geechee Corridor as one of its’ recipients of a $400,000 foundation grant.

This multi-year grant will facilitate general operating and programmatic support along the four-state, 27-county, 12,000-square-mile National Heritage Area, and assist with implementing critical initiatives, outlined in the Gullah Geechee Corridor’s Management Plan (2012).

The Hive Fund raises funds and makes grants available to organizations that have historically lacked access to funding and are essential to making progress in addressing intersecting climate, gender, and racial justice crises in the U.S. This organization supports groups advocating for strong policies, building social movements to intensify public demand for change, facilitating civic engagement to build political power and hold decision-makers accountable, and conducting creative communications efforts to move hearts, minds, and imaginations.

“Our partnership with the Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice will support critical capacity-building for the Corridor’s advocacy, education, and preservation work,” Executive Director of the Gullah Geechee Corridor Victoria Smalls said in a news release. “Increasing disasters due to climate crisis threaten the survival of coastal Gullah Geechee communities, cultures, land, and economic opportunity. To meet these challenges that continue to mount unabated, the Corridor will hire a Climate Science Advocate, a Development Consultant, and other personnel that will help us provide greater outreach to our Gullah Geechee communities in each state, advocating on issues facing our communities, and providing educational workshops and forums on climate resiliency and land preservation. On behalf of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission and Corridor team, I want to extend our profound gratitude to The Hive Fund, and we look forward to our partnership and potential for future community endeavors that continue to support the preservation, education, and dissemination of the Gullah Geechee culture.”

The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is a National Heritage Area managed by the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. The purpose of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor NHA is to preserve, share and interpret the history, traditional cultural practices, heritage sites, and natural resources associated with Gullah Geechee people of coastal North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florid

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