The Coastal Bend Community Foundation (CBCF) recently awarded a $7,500 grant to the Children’s Coalition of Aransas County (CCAC). The Children’s Coalition is a 501 (c)3 local public charity that envisions a community in which every child has a safe, healthy and happy childhood.

The grant will provide much-needed support for each of the four CCAC areas of focus.

One program that will benefit greatly from the CBCF grant is the FINDS program that provides direct services to families in need. Families who are experiencing financial hardships are able to access assistance with food, clothing and other basic needs through the FINDS program.

The second focus area that the grant will help support is the Early Childhood Parent Education and Professional Development program. Through this program, the CCAC offers professional workshops, conferences and other training events, private consultations and technical assistance to parents, teachers and caregivers of young children.

The grant will also support the CCAC’s monthly Community Forum that provides an opportunity and a platform for different agencies and organizations that serve local children to meet together and share information and resources.

The grant will also provide support for special events such as the annual Week of the Young Child Community Awareness events.

“We are so very grateful to the CBCF for this generous grant,” said CCAC Executive Director Dianne Nielsen. “This funding will enable us to do so much for children and families in our community.”

For more information about the Coastal Bend Community Foundation, visit its website at For more information about the Children’s Coalition of Aransas County, visit its website at, stop by the office at 401-B W. Market St. or call (361) 255-3000.

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