A total of 44 nonprofit organizations were recently awarded over $90,000 from the Tucker Community Foundation through its annual Fall Grant Program.

The awards were made possible by resources from the Foundation’s designated and unrestricted endowment funds, agency funds and donor advised funds. The grants support for arts and culture, education, emergency assistance, community and economic development, senior services, recreation and youth.

“Every year it is an honor to distribute the grants that come from people helping people in communities throughout the region,” said Robert Burns, executive director for the Tucker Community Foundation. “We create opportunities for the everyday donor to give ‘bigger’ as a group than what they could achieve and fund on their own. This is what our community foundation is all about.”

The Fall Grant Program is open to any 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit or public agency in one of the eight counties served by the foundation, Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Preston, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties, W.Va. and Garrett County, Md. The grants can support specific projects or general operations for programs that make a positive impact in their communities. The next grant cycle will begin in August 2019.

This year the Foundation received over 100 applications, a record number of applications and making this year’s grant very competitive. The following nonprofits are the 2018 recipients:


  • Kasson School, walking trail, $2,300


  • Grant County 4-H Leaders, benches and shed, $1,000


  • Elk Distric Volunteer Fire Department, Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt, $1,000


  • Town of Marlinton, creating greenspace and outdoor stage, $2,000


  • Preston County Parks & Recreation, rail trail remediation, $2,000
  • Century Transportation Museum, event center construction, $1,700
  • Preston County Development Authority, Preston County Day at the legislature, $500
  • James C McGrew House, assistance with architectural services, $500

Randolph County

  • YouthBuild, initiate an endowed fund, $2,000
  • Read Aloud WV, Backpack Buddies program, $1,600
  • Elkins High School, ski program $500
  • Randolph Co Community Arts Council, mobile lighting bar, $380

Tucker County

  • Tucker County Family Resource Network, Backpack Buddies, $6,500
  • Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School, upgrade outdoor facilities, $5,400
  • Blackwater Ministerial Association, food pantry and clothes closet, $5,000
  • Tucker County High School, arts program, $5,000
  • North Central Community Action, emergency assistance, $5,000
  • Parsons Ministerial Association, emergency assistance, $4,500
  • Tucker County 4-H Leaders, 4-H camp, $4,000
  • Thomas Parks & Recreation Board, community center lighting, $3,600
  • Tucker County 4-H Jets, $3,500
  • Davis Parks & Recreation Commission, rubber mulch, $2,650
  • Woodlands Development Group, Davis-Thomas Comprehensive Plan, $2,500
  • New Historic Thomas, beginner bike trail, $2,400
  • Davis Volunteer Fire Department, paving of lot, $2,000
  • Mountain Laurel Learning Cooperative, afterschool program, $2,000
  • Town of Davis, renovate Davis ballfield, $2,000
  • Town of Davis, small boulder, $2,000
  • Parents as Teachers, training for foster care families, $1,500
  • Tucker County Connection, development of creative arts center, $1,500
  • Tucker County Senior Center, purchase of AED, $1,400
  • John-Paul Castells, poetry book, $1,000
  • ArtSpring, marketing and public relations efforts, $1,000
  • Parsons Volunteer Fire Department, portable pump, $1,000
  • Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School, reading and math software, $500
  • Tucker County Family Resource Network, fatherhood initiative program, $500
  • Tucker County Schools, STEM program, $500
  • Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School, gym walking-geography program, $400


  • The Foundation of Mon General, regional health fair, $3,000
  • Rosenbaum Family House, family lodging, $1,000
  • Mountain Hospice, Good Grief & Community Bereavement Program, $1,000
  • Women’s Aid in Crisis, food and transportation for clients, $2,000
  • Randolph-Tucker Children’s Advocacy Center, prevention training, $500
  • West Virginia Farm Bureau, mobile agriculture science supplies, $500

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