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Community Foundation of Central Georgia awards grants to help restore The Sallie Ellis Davis House

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December 02, 2009

Two $10,000 grants have been awarded to help fund the restoration of The Sallie Ellis Davis House.
The Community Foundation of Central Georgia presented the two grants in October.

“As the antebellum Capital of Georgia, Milledgeville has a rich and vibrant historic district bustling with old homes and educational museums,” said Kathryn H. Dennis, president of Community Foundation of Central Georgia. “Georgia College & State University is currently conducting a campaign to raise $25,000 to begin the stabilization of the historic Sallie Ellis Davis House. Once completed, the house will become an African-American cultural arts center. The center will be a wonderful resource for K-12 students, college students, and visitors to the area.”

Georgia College was awarded a $10,000 grant from CFCG’s Responsive Grant Program in Spring 2009. CFCG is able to make grants of up to $15,000 to non-profit organizations thanks to a few of Central Georgia’s most generous citizens who established unrestricted funds, Dennis said. Unrestricted Funds allow the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors the discretion to make grants to address the most urgent needs and opportunities throughout the middle Georgia community. 

A second grant of $10,000 was given from the Knight Fund for Milledgeville, which is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. Individuals, corporations and other organizations, like the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, use Donor Advised Funds to simplify their charitable giving, Dennis said. 

A partnership between Georgia College & State University and the Sallie Ellis Davis Foundation plans to renovate one of Milledgeville’s historic homes and transform it into an African-American Cultural Center.

To date, $40,000 has been donated toward the project to stabilize the 120-year-old house on South Clarke Street. The estimated cost of the project is $379,950.

The GCSU Foundation is working with a steering committee to identify other funding opportunities for project.

The partnership to restore the house was announced in 2008 shortly after The Georgia Trust added the Sallie Ellis Davis House to its “Places in Peril” list due to the structure’s deteriorated condition.

The Sallie Ellis Davis House was built in 1890 and served as Davis’ residence from 1912 until her death in 1950. The house was used as a residence until 1989, when the University System of Georgia Board of Regents purchased it.

The Community Foundation of Central Georgia was founded in 1993 by a group of citizens interested in encouraging philanthropy and strengthening communities. Since then, the foundation has awarded more than $30 million in grants through its donor advised, unrestricted, designated, field-of-interest, scholarship, and organizational endowment funds.

For more information on the project or to make a gift toward The Sallie Ellis Davis House campaign, please contact Lee Snelling at (478) 445-8129 or

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