ANDERSON — Alternatives of Madison County Inc. has won Grant Madness, defeating the Leadership Academy of Madison County in the “Terrific Two” matchup of the Madison County Community Foundation contest.
Alternatives won by virtue of receiving more votes on the foundation’s Facebook page and website. Voting ended Monday night.
Alternatives, which offers shelter and aid to women and children threatened by abuse, will receive a $2,500 grant from the foundation. As the runner-up, the Leadership Academy will receive a grant of $1,500. The other semifinalists, Dove Harbor and the Madison County Humane Society, will receive grants of $1,000 apiece.
Alyssa Hess, Anderson resident, won the Bracket Challenge, accurately predicting the most winners. She has chosen the Madison County Education Coalition to receive the $1,000 Bracket Challenge grant.
“The Madison County Community Foundation has thoroughly enjoyed seeing the surge of support from our community for our local non-profits,” said Grant Madness coordinator Kevin Sheward.
“The high levels of participation, enthusiasm and encouragement are inspiring, and we hope that these emotions and attitudes can persist long after Grant Madness.”
After the original field of 24 local non-profits was reduced in mid-March to the top 16 vote-getters, Grant Madness pitted those 16 in head-to-head match-ups. Those with the most votes on the foundation’s Facebook page and website advanced to the next round, until the field was pared to eight, then four, then two.
— The Herald Bulletin