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Antioch Baptist Church in the Clem community will use the grant funds for the building’s roof, septic tank and water heater.

Four area churches have received church improvement grants this week from the Community Foundation of West Georgia.

The grants totaled $52,278 and were given to churches serving African American communities, according to the community foundation. This funding will be used by church pastors to make improvements to their buildings.

Antioch Baptist Church in the Clem community will use these funds for the building’s roof, septic tank and water heater. This ministry is located at 2930 Newnan Road.

The First Baptist Church of Bowdon, 464 Lovvorn Mill Road, will use their grant money to replace the gutters and remodel the ministry’s bathrooms.

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church’s windows, wheelchair ramp, door, bathroom and soffit will be improved using this money. The church is located at 112 Mt Zion Road.

And the Westside Full Gospel Baptist Church, 719 N. Aycock St., will use this money to replace the carpets.

With an initial endowment of $300,000, the Church Improvement Fund provides grants for capital improvements to churches that primarily serve African American communities in Carroll County.

An estimated $50,000 is available each year for funding projects at churches across the county.

Funding priorities are primarily for brick and mortar projects that will improve the physical condition of churches and help them better serve their congregations and the community.

Applications for grants from the fund are accepted annually from churches that have been in existence at least 10 years. These are evaluated on demonstrated need, including plans, cost estimates and community service as well as the financial stability of the church.

A match of 25% is required, with the applicant church responsible for 25% of the project costs and the fund providing 75%.