template_clip_image002_0000Tucker Community Foundation
Parsons, WV


November 10, 2008
Press Release


2008 Foundation Grants Announced


On behalf of Tucker Community Foundation (TCF), Rob Burns, Executive Director, recently announced the recipients of 2008 grant awards. As a result, a total of $111,850 will soon be distributed throughout Barbour, Preston, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties in support of a variety of school projects and community   programs.

Area libraries benefiting from grant awards include:  Five Rivers Public Library (Parsons) to purchase chairs for computer stations, Pioneer Memorial Public Library (Harman) to replace juvenile books, and Mt. Top Library (Thomas) for general operations. 

Canaan Valley VFD received $7,500 for a backup generator at their command center, Cortland Acres received $5,000 for operational planning, Tucker County EMS received $2,000 and Tucker County Commission $7,500 to update the mobile command center.

Two entities, Friends of Cortland Acres and Tucker County Senior Citizen Center received $5,000 each for replacement wheelchair accessible vans. The Wellness Center (Parsons) was granted $3,850 to purchase interactive gaming for fitness. A clinic for children with vision problems that serves Barbour, Preston, Randolph and Tucker counties received funding through a grant to the WVU Foundation.

Area schools receiving funds include:  Harman School Band (Randolph) to purchase special chairs for band classes, Tucker County High School to purchase 3 sets of hospital beds and equipment for Health Science Technology Education classes, and the TCHS Environmental Club to help improve the recycling program and to support their effort to create an open air courtyard. Tucker County schools received additional funding to purchase computers for libraries and classroom supplies. 

Many agency programs will benefit from awards: the Randolph County Housing Authority for the purchase of tools for the Youth Build Program, Special Olympics of Tucker County to support attendance at regional activities and the Old Brick Playhouse Company (Elkins) to help youth seeking career paths in theater.  Tucker County 4-H Clubs received a grant for their shooting sports program and summer camp.  The Tucker County Historical Society received funding for digitization of records, Tucker County Starting Points to start a playgroup in Davis, WV Highlands Artisans’ Group (Davis) for a card rack, Tucker County Connections for the Fifth Grade Connections program, Thomas P&R for the community playground, and WV Public Radio and Television in support of general operations. 

The Blackwater Ministerial Association (Tucker), North Central Community Action (multi-county) and the Parsons Ministerial Association (Tucker) received a total of $9,050 designated to benefit the needy. 

With the exception of Designated and Agency Endowed Funds, Foundation grants are awarded in the fall of every year based on a competitive application process. Income produced from TCF endowed funds, general operating funds and pass through donations serve as the funding source for grant awards.  To learn more about endowed funds and grant awards visit www.tuckerfoundation.net. The Grants Committee received 55 applications this year with requests exceeding $300,000. 

For more information about Tucker Community Foundation call 478-2930.


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