PeyBack Foundation distributes $500,000 in grants

(The Peyback Foundation) -- “I am thankful and proud each year that the PeyBack Foundation is able to assist a large variety of youth related agencies”, said Peyton Manning, PeyBack Foundation President. “Given the difficult economic times, my hope is that the $500,000 we are able to distribute through our grant program will positively impact the lives of thousands of children and their families throughout Indiana, Tennessee and the New Orleans area”.

In addition to the $222,800 given to 48 organizations in Indiana and $135,330 given to 31 organizations in Tennessee; $141,900 was given to 25 New Orleans based charities.

More than 450 applications were received, the largest number ever received.

The PeyBack Foundation, a public non-profit corporation, was established by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership growth and opportunities for children at risk. The Foundation has donated more than $3 million since its inception.

Requests for grants are accepted from agencies and organizations actively advancing the welfare of disadvantaged children in Indiana, New Orleans and Tennessee. All requests for financial assistance are given careful consideration by the PeyBack Foundation and judged on the unique merits of the individual agency, its goal and mission. Each organization must complete a PeyBack Foundation grant application to be considered. The deadline for the 2010 grants is February 1.

Here's a list of the Tennessee Organizations receiving funding:

ACTION Program
Madison
$2,500.00

Boys & Girls Club of Hardeman County
Bolivar
$5,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley / Vestal Club Site
Knoxville
$5,000.00

Bridges USA, Inc.
Memphis
$8,000.00

Coalition For Kids, Inc.
Johnson City
$5,800.00

Eighteenth Avenue Family Enrichment Center
Nashville
$8,000.00

Emerald Youth Foundation
Knoxville
$5,000.00

Friends of the Zoo - Chattanooga Zoo
Chattanooga
$4,400.00

Hands on Science Center
Tullahoma
$5,000.00

Hattiloo Theatre
Memphis
$3,000.00

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid South
Memphis
$1,500.00

Kingswood School and Home For Children
Bean Station
$5,000.00

Knoxville Leadership Foundation
Knoxville
$2,500.00

Knoxville Zoological Gardens, Inc.
Knoxville
$8,000.00

Memphis Bears Youth Sports Program
Memphis
$3,500.00

Metropolitan Inner Faith Association
Memphis
$7,500.00

National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame - East Tennessee Chapter
Crossville
$3,000.00

Northside Neighborhood House
Chattanooga
$3,030.00

Oasis Center
Nashville
$5,000.00

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee
Knoxville
$5,600.00

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee
Johnson City
$8,000.00

Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding
Lenoir City
$4,000.00

Telamon Corporation
Knoxville
$2,000.00

Tennessee Aquarium
Chattanooga
$2,500.00

The Bethlehem Center / United Methodist Neighborhood Centers, Inc
Chattanooga
$5,000.00

The Good Samaritan Center of Louson County
Lenoir City
$2,000.00

The Salvation Army of Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga
$1,500.00

Wesley House Community Center
Knoxville
$2,500.00

West Tennessee Special Technology Access Resource Center Jackson
$1,500.00

Youth Encouragement Service
Nashville
$5,000.00

Aid To Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties
Oak Ridge
$5,000.00


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