Seeds for Life program awarding grants to local businesses

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) - What would you do if you received a 10,000 dollar grant?

"It's a great feeling to know that 'Wow, the city has actually noticed what you guys are doing.'"

Yiet Knight is the director of the Universal Childcare and Learning Center which recently got a $10,000 dollar grant from the Seeds for Life program. 

It's a housing and community development initiative designed to help boost the employment and productivity of Augusta's small business community. 

"This is a way for us to be able to plant a seed. Some may see a seed but we may see a tree," says Hawthorne Welcher Jr., Director of Housing & Community Development.

There have already been four recipients of the $10,000 grants. We spoke to another business owner who says the money goes a long way toward helping his business and others. 

"Very proud of receiving this grant. It's going to help develop and bring back Laney Walker Boulevard, Armstrong Galleria, provide jobs and great BBQ and great soul food," says Alonzo Fielding, owner of Fielding Bros BBQ

Alonzo says, thanks to this grant, Fielding Bros BBQ's new location is expected to be up and running soon. 

As for Universal Childcare and Learning Center, Knight says she has a few ideas when it comes to putting the grant to good use.
"One percent of it will be going towards the teachers resources and some classroom equipment and then the rest of it will be going towards our new location."

Business owners can apply for the remaining grants until October 21st. Those awarded will be announced late November.

Those who are interested can apply here

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