The Community Foundation Announces Grant Awards for 2010


The Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. is pleased to announce the award of 35 grants for 2010. The Grants Committee is chaired by Robert Perkinson and comprised of seven members this year, including, Dr. Phyllis Beaver-Horwitz, Kathleen Blaydes, Carole Dodson, Doris Sue Kantor, Susan Cooper-Snyder, Bettye VanDyke and Pat Whittaker.


These awards totaling $44,768.66 represent the Foundation's 14th annual grant cycle supporting local nonprofit groups.  A total of over $85,000 was requested from the Foundation.  With the inclusion of the 2010 awards, the Foundation has returned more than $670,000 to the area since 1997 in grants and scholarships.


The Board of Directors of the Foundation unanimously approved the following grants on September 7, 2010:



Bluefield College - $600 for the second Annual Speech Contest (Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Fund and Unrestricted Fund)

Bible in the Schools - $875 Donor-Designated for the Mercer County Program (B.G. and Rachel Blalock Family Fund)

Clinch Valley Community Action Project Discovery - $2,000 for Project Discovery Program (Unrestricted Fund)

Mountain Kids, Inc. - $1,500 Walk Across America Project (Charles A. and Marjorie M. Peters Fund and Unrestricted Fund)



Bluefield Lions Club - $500 for the WV Lions Sight Van Program (American Electric Power Community Service Fund and Unrestricted)

Generation Gap - $2,000 for the Healthy Kids Program (Jeffrey Edward Shott Fund and Unrestricted Fund)

Mercer Health Right, Inc. - $560 Donor-Designated for the program (Charles E. and Jerry Ann Myles Fund)

Planet X-treme Teen Center - $895 for the Prime for Life Training (Jeffrey Edward Shott Fund, Community Action Grant Fund and Fund for Mercer County)



Bluefield, VA Chargers Football - $1,500 in support of the little league program (Judge Jerome and Hilda R. Katz Memorial Fund and Unrestricted Fund)

Center for Christian Action, Inc. - $1,400 for school supplies for K - 12 of low-income families (Warren Ashby and Elizabeth Featherstone Thornhill Memorial Fund and the Unrestricted Fund)

Christ Episcopal Church - $553 Donor-Designated for the Food pantry and kerosene program (James and Rebecca Steorts Fund)

City of Bluefield Parks and Rec - $1,500 for youth football helmets for the little league program (Judge Jerome and Hilda R. Katz Memorial Fund and Unrestricted Fund)

City of Bluefield, WV Police Dept. - $1,400 for body armor for police officers (The Anonymous Fund)

City of Princeton, WV - $1,000 for the Recycle Program (Unrestricted Fund)

Dollar Energy Fund - $2,000 for utility assistance program for low-income in Mercer County (Fund for Mercer County)

Mercer County Humane Society - $1,000 for resurfacing the parking lot (Unrestricted Fund)

Mercer County Opportunity Industries, Inc. - $1,997.31 for the purchase of a printer and accessories (Sandra Gayle Monk Memorial Fund and Unrestricted Fund)

Pikeview High School Track Fund - $1,000 to purchase a high jump landing pit (Unrestricted Fund)

Pisgah Community Playground Assoc. - $1,000 for phase II of the playground equipment and improvements project (Unrestricted Fund)

Princeton Fire Dept. - $2,000 for a stainless steel gear washer (Unrestricted Fund)

Salvation Army in Bluefield - $1,621 for seniors activity project (Rotary Club of Bluefield, WV and Fund for Mercer County)

Second Chance for Cats - $500 for the program (Unrestricted Fund)

Tender Mercies Ministries, Inc. of Princeton - $1,800 for the replacement of 2 computers and to upgrade the current system (Fund for Mercer County)

The Wade Center - $547 Donor-Designated Fund (Sylvester C. and Janice Myers Fund)

WISE (WV Community Services for Women, Inc.) - $516 for clothing racks (Ruth Creasy and A. Elmo Fleshman Fund)



Community Concert Assoc/Blue Mountain Performing Arts - $2,000 for the WV Symphony Orchestra concert (Fannie Kate and Betty Gardner Bailey Fund and Unrestricted Fund)

Beautification Commission of Bluefield, VA - $1,000 for rubber mulch around the fountain (Unrestricted Fund)

Bluefield, WV Beautification Commission - $1,500 for the welcome sign at the west end of town (Ammar Family Memorial Fund)

Chuck Mathena Center - $1,000 for the Share the Dream Program (Unrestricted Fund)

City of Bluefield Fine Arts Commission - $1,000 for a mural in downtown Bluefield, WV depicting the City at the turn of the century (Janie Poteet Light Fund for Art Studies and the Unrestricted Fund)

John Chapman Chapter DAR - $2,000 for improvements to the 213 year old Davidson home near Mitchell Stadium (Unrestricted Fund)

Princeton Senior High School Band Boosters - $2,000 for the second annual marching band competition for trophies and plaques (Community Action Grant Fund and Unrestricted Fund

Princeton Public Library - $1,000 for audio books for young readers (Bluefield Daily Telegraph Literacy Fund and Unrestricted Fund)

South Bluefield Merchants & Professional Association - $2,000 for the Lemonade Days Program (Unrestricted Fund)

Southwest Community College Educational Foundation - $1,000 for the Camerata Virtuosi New York concert to be held in Bluefield (Unrestricted Fund)


The Board of Directors of the Foundation is gratified to share this report with the community and those whose support and encouragement have made it possible.  Be assured of the Foundation's continued best efforts in the year ahead. 


Organizations may request and submit grant application packets for the Year 2011 during the months of April, May and June.  Evaluations will be conducted in July and August; the Board will finalize approval of grants in September.  Grant payments will be made upon request, thereafter. 


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