James Halliday, director at A Reason to Survive, left, Suzy Spafford, president of San Diego Rotary and Brandon Steppe, founder/executive director of David’s Harp Foundation at a San Diego Rotary grant ceremony. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of San Diego Foundation

James Halliday, director at A Reason to Survive, left, Suzy Spafford, president of San Diego Rotary and Brandon Steppe, founder/executive director of David’s Harp Foundation at a San Diego Rotary grant ceremony. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of San Diego Foundation

The Rotary Club of San Diego Foundation, in cooperation with San Diego Rotary announced an award of $50,000 in grants to two arts organization. A Reason To Survive, or ARTS and David’s Harp Foundation will both receive $25,000 to support their programs.

San Diego Rotary called for proposals last October and received 40 qualified applications. A regimented selection process followed with the final two selected and approved by both the club and foundation in January.

Suzy Spafford, president of San Diego Rotary said: “Unfortunately, for many students, budget cuts curtailed many of these programs. Through the issuance of our grants, we aim to fund the most effective arts education projects in school, after school, and out of school to enrich young people’s lives. Our members’ generous support of this important endeavor made this happen.”

ARTS is a creative youth development organization located in National City with a 20,000-square-foot ARTS Center on Kimball Park. The organization offers high-quality creative arts experiences to youth ages 5-18, through its “ARTS After School” programs and “Family + Me” workshops.

David’s Harp Foundation serves to inspire, educate and empower at-risk and homeless youth to achieve academic success through music education, sound engineering and multimedia production. High school-aged foster children, juvenile offenders and homeless kids can shape their passion into art under the guidance of the organization’s instructors.