The Lt. Gov. of South Carolina will be holding a press conference on Tuesday, Sept. 26 to award the Lower Savannah Council of Governments – acting on behalf of the City of Aiken – with $350,000 in grant funding toward the construction of the Eustis Park Community Center.

The funding is provided by the South Carolina Lt. Gov.’s Office on Aging Senior Center Permanent Improvement Project grant program.  The City of Aiken will provide matching funds, as stipulated by program guidelines.

The award ceremony and press conference will be held on the 26th at 11AM at the future facility’s location in Aiken, 843 Edgefield Ave. NW.  Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, City Manager John Klimm, and Mayor Rick Osborn will be answering general media questions at the conclusion of the prepared remarks.

The Senior Center Permanent Improvement Project (PIP) grant program provides funds intended to be used as a resource for facilities that meet the National Council on Aging’s definition of a senior center, complies with all Senior Center Standards set by the National Council on Aging, provides or arranges for a broad spectrum of services including health, social, nutritional, educational, and recreational programs, operates at least five days a week except for legal holidays and emergencies, has programs and services available for set hours each day, and is expected to follow and incorporate any amendments or changes made to the Older Americans Act and to the National Council on Aging’s Senior Center Standards.

The Eustis Park Community Center created by the PIP funds will house space for senior center programming, expanding the breadth of existing programs currently offered at the H.O. Weeks and Smith-Hazel Centers.  The facility will also accommodate youth programming through a partnership with Helping Hands, meeting the needs of multi-generational families living together in the surrounding Toole Hill Neighborhood.