Initiatives

Ocmulgee Heritage Trail

Envisioned by NewTown Macon’s founders in 1996, the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail has become one of Macon’s greatest outdoor recreation assets, providing an exceptional environment for walking, biking, boating, bird-watching and bridging neighborhood and natural communities. The trail system is currently over eleven miles long and continues its quest for expansion, just as its original vision intended.

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NewTown Macon

Founded with an initial grant from the Peyton Anderson Foundation, NewTown is a non-profit organization that seeks to leverage, attract, and invest in self-sustaining transformation in Downtown Macon; with the vision of creating a vibrant and authentic city experience unparalleled in the South.

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Community Foundation of Central Georgia

Inspired by the giving resources of the Peyton Anderson Foundation, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia was founded in 1993 by a group of committed citizens interested in encouraging philanthropy and strengthening communities. Since then, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $70 million in grants and scholarships and currently administers the Downtown Challenge fund, which was made possible by the Peyton Anderson Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation each providing $1.5 million in support.

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The Peyton Anderson Scholarship

The Peyton Anderson Scholars program serves as a tribute to the value Peyton Anderson placed on education.  The scholarship was created in 2009 to commemorate 20 years of the Foundation improving lives and enhancing Central Georgia. Almost a decade later, more than $2 million has been awarded to over 125 deserving Macon-Bibb County students. Every year, 15-20 new students are chosen as Peyton Anderson Scholarship recipients.  To date, the Scholars have performed in excess of 10,000 community service hours as part of the program.

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Teach to Inspire

The Teach to Inspire Project provided creative resource grants for Bibb County public school educators. The Project was designed to empower Bibb County educators to bring their best ideas forward, with the ultimate goal of realizing potential and expanding opportunities. Through the Teach to Inspire Project (TIP), the Foundation inspired educators in Macon-Bibb County by contributing $532,000 to support extraordinary efforts.

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