November 7, 2011 Tucker Community Foundation awarded a $500 grant to help promote the 2012 West Virginia Fiber Festival. The Festival is held at the WVU Farm Park and Agricultural Arena in Reedsville the second weekend of September. The event is sponsored by the West Virginia Alpaca Organization.
The first festival was held in 2010 and attracted more than 500 attendees, 25 vendors and 20 livestock producers. Hands-on learning opportunities include shearing, handling, spinning, weaving, garment production, fashion characteristics and material quality judging. All natural fiber products and fiber producing animals are on display. Family and youth involvement is encouraged and admission and parking are free.
Robert Burns, Executive Director, stated “It is great to be able to help this organization increase outreach by providing funding for local and regional advertising of this educational and unique festival”.
Recommendations for grant awards totaling more than $47,500 were approved at the Oct. 19 board meeting of the Tucker Community Foundation. Grants support programs and projects related to the arts, parks and recreation, animal welfare, health, libraries and literacy programs, churches, educational programs, emergency services, youth, education, historic preservation, senior citizens and general charitable purposes. Funding for designated and competitive grants is provided by Endowed Funds established by donors to benefit local causes. Additional income is provided by pass-through donations, Kep and Alice Smith Trust income, and other unrestricted funds. Visit www.tuckerfoundation.net to view a complete list of Endowed Funds.
The Foundation offers three grant programs: Mini-grants, Run For It grants, and Fall grants. Scholarship awards are offered in the spring. Tucker Community Foundation serves Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Preston, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker County, WV, and Garrett Co., MD. For more information call 304-478-2930.