The Women's Giving Circle of Jefferson County recently announced the second annual grant awards to local nonprofit groups.

The 228 members of the Women's Giving Circle voted during its annual membership meeting on March 13 to provide seven grants to nonprofit organizations for 2013.

Grant winners include: the American Red Cross, Girls Inc., Jefferson County House of Hope, LifeSpring Health Systems, Pathways Youth Shelter and Family Services, Ryker's Ridge Elementary School and the Jefferson County Soccer Association/Trinity United Methodist Church Shoe Program.

Grants are awarded each spring.

The American Red Cross plans to use the grant for supplies for the Pillowcase Project, a community disaster education program for third graders in Jefferson County.

Girls Inc. will use the funds to implement a physical activity and nutritional education program called "GoGirlGo!"

Jefferson County House of Hope plans to purchase a box truck for the food pantry with a portion of the grant funding.

LifeSpring Health Systems will use the grant to fund movement therapy for clients up to 12 years old with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, mood and anxiety disorders trauma disorders and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

Pathways Youth Shelter and Family Services received funding to implement a summer educational program.

Ryker's Ridge Elementary School plans to fund the "Empowering the Leader in Every Student" program with the grant money.

The Jefferson County Soccer Association/Trinity United Methodist Church Shoe Program plans to use the grant to provide soccer cleats to players unable to afford them.

The grants - funded by a portion of the $100 membership dues of the organization - totaled $17,100 for 2013, a release from the organization said.

The Women's Giving Circle of Jefferson County awards grants annually to 501(c)3 organizations that have the greatest potential to help Jefferson County women and children, the release said. Non-profit organizations must fall under one of the four Fields of Interest of education, economic empowerment, physical and mental health, and violence and crime.

For more information or to join the Women's Giving Circle of Jefferson County, potential members may contact the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County at (812) 265-3327 or online at www.cfmjc.org.