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BetterWay Initiative granted $5000 for fire house mural

The Seminole County BetterWay Initiative has been awarded a $5,000 Vibrant Communities Grant from Georgia Council for the Arts, a strategic arm of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, for fiscal year 2024. The Vibrant Communities Grant supports a variety of arts programming throughout the state, including murals, artist residencies and performances in schools, community theater productions, festivals, and concerts. As part of this year’s Vibrant Communities awards, BetterWay and 57 other entities in 43 counties will receive a total of over $255,700  in funding.

The grant will be used to fund the painting  of a mural, similar to the one pictured here, on the north wall of Donalsonville’s historic fire station facility. A fundraising campaign in now in progress to transform the entire facility in to the Woolfork Avenue Art, History and Cultural Center, See page 16 for donation opportunities.

 “Arts funding is crucial for the cultivation of vibrant, thriving communities, and Georgia Council for the Arts is excited to help our arts organizations achieve their mission, enhance downtowns, and support small businesses,” said Georgia Council for the Arts Director Tina Lilly. “We hear from grantees about how the investment of these dollars provides long-term benefits for organizations and communities, and we are grateful to the Georgia General Assembly for providing this support to improve quality of life across the state.”

Georgia Council for the Arts received applications from schools, libraries, cities, historical societies, community theatres, Boys & Girls Clubs, and arts and other related organizations. In an effort to support projects across the state, Vibrant Communities grants were awarded to entities in counties in which no organization had already received Georgia Council for the Arts funding for the fiscal year 2024 grants cycle. 

“We are thrilled beyond words to have been awarded this Vibrant Communities grant,” commented BetterWay Initiative Chairperson David Maxwell.  “A lot of work went in to the application process for this grant, and I want to extend a generous thank you to the Chamber of Commerce’s Kadie Matthews for all of her hard work in preparing and presenting the application. Without her dedicated and diligent hard work this announcement would not be possible.”

Funding for these grants is provided through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. 

The BetterWay Initiative, in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and the Donalsonville Downtown Development Authority, is now in the process of assembling talented artists within the community to finalize the design of the mural and to begin the painting process. Plans are to have the project completed by early Spring 2024. 

About Georgia 

Council for the Arts

Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development whose mission is to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts. GCA provides grant funding, programs, and services statewide that support the vital arts industry, preserve the state’s cultural heritage, increase tourism, and nurture strong communities. Funding for Georgia Council for the Arts is provided by appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit for more information.

About GDEcD

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, align workforce education and training with in-demand jobs, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. Visit for more information.

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