Foundation Grants Announced

November 21, 2016 –

Tucker Community Foundation grants are helping to stock area food banks, providing utility assistance for those in need, and filling backpacks with nutritional food supplies for many children.

Awards exceeding $66,000 were approved by the Board of Directors at the October 19 meeting fulfilling twenty three percent of funding requests for programs and projects throughout the region.

Blackwater Ministerial Association was awarded $5,000 for its food pantry and clothes closet; North Central Community Action received $5,000 for disaster relief, home improvement, and community collaborations; the Hinkle House Food Pantry of the First United Methodist Church in Parsons was awarded $8,000 to replace old windows; the Parsons Ministerial Association received $4,500 for emergency aid assistance; and Tucker County Family Resource Network received $4,000 for the Back Pack Buddies program which ensures children have access to healthy food options while they are away from school.

A $5,000 grant was awarded to the Tucker County High School (TCHS) art program; $500 was awarded to TCHS Theater Department for building and development; $500 will provide transportation, equipment and operational support for the TCHS Outdoor Club; $3,000 was given to the TCHS Science Department providing lab supplies and hands on learning activities; and Tucker Valley Elementary/Middle School Theater Dept. received $1,250 for wireless headsets and microphones.

Preston County received $500 for the Preston County Caring Council Books for Babies program and $2,800 for the Century Transportation Museum Event Center in Terra Alta.

Garrett Community College received $500 for its Students In Need program. The program provides school supplies, winter clothing, groceries, transportation and other emergency assistance.

$4,300 was given to the Tucker County 4-H Junior Equestrian Team for educational programming and barn improvements; $4,250 for Tucker County 4-H Camp; Challenged Athletes of West Virginia received $1,495 to purchase an Enabling Technologies Snow Slider to increase adaptive skier participation and independence at Timberline Ski Resort.

Appalachian Wounded Warriors in Randolph County received $500 for veteran housing for hunting and fishing trips.

Davis Volunteer Fire Department received $1,300 to purchase a Rhino Glass Cutter and new tables and chairs for the fire hall; Tucker County Ambulance Authority received $900 to upgrade their portable suction machine. In Barbour County the Tactical Search and Recovery Unit’s request for $470 to help with the purchase of a search and rescue drone was approved; and the Mon General Foundation was awarded $3,000 for the regional health fair it hosts in Canaan Valley every year.

New Historic Thomas received $1,550 for construction of a pedestrian bridge to connect trails near downtown Thomas; The ArtSpring project was awarded $4,500 to support a part-time administrative staff person; and Davis Renaissance Group received $400 for the purchase and installation of aluminum cigarette ash receptacles for the new trash bins in town.

Canaan Valley Institute, located in Tucker County, received $3,010 to facilitate a Space and Technology Day for fourth and fifth grade students from Tucker Valley Elementary & Middle School, Davis Thomas Elementary & Middle School, and Union Educational Complex in Grant County. Students will have the opportunity to build simple rockets, learn more about the national space program, and even speak with an astronaut currently residing in the International Space Station orbiting the planet.

Donors who have established endowed funds and unrestricted income of the foundation provide the funding for the grants.

Tucker Community Foundation manages more than 110 endowed funds providing annual scholarships and benefiting nonprofits and charitable causes in Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Preston, Pocahontas, Randolph, and Tucker counties in West Virginia; and in Garrett County, Maryland. A list of funds can be viewed at http://www.tuckerfoundation.net/engage/.

To learn more about creating an endowment or how to support an existing one, contact the TCF Administrative Office at 304.478.2930 or the TCF Development Office at 304.259.5008.

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