Foundation gives grant to Abel Pregnancy Resource Center
In the 2020 Grants Cycle, the Foundation
awarded $2,525.00 to the Abel Pregnancy
Resource Center for inventory to support
newborns and their parents.
Abel assists women facing an
unplanned pregnancy, which can be a
lonely, overwhelming experience.
Many women & men feel anger, fear,
confusion, regret, anxiety, panic
and rejection when realizing they're
experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.
Abel can help by providing:
*Confidential pregnancy testing
& limited ultrasound
confirmation of pregnancy
*Education about all pregnancy
options including: parenting,
abortion & adoption
Referrals for other available
resources you may need
Personal peer counseling
Information on STI's (sexually
Parenting classes for men and
The photo above shows the inventory and the
Foundation Executive Director James Shott
presenting the award to Abel Center's
Director, Matthew Schaetzle.
Shown above are Center staff members, left
to right: Elain Tiller, Board member; Diana
Lockhart, Counselor and Patient Advocate;
Matthew Schaetzle; Cheryl Hunter, Secretary;
and Susan Blevins, RN-FNP, Nurse Manager.
Bluefield, West Virginia Fire Department receives grant
The Foundation presented a grant
award to the Bluefield, West Virginia Fire Department for
renovations to Fire Station 3 on Cumberland Road. The $35,800
grant came through the Community Impact Project, and was funded
by the Payne-Cofer Fund for Bluefield, West Virginia.
grant will cover a new roof, new gutters, and a new HVAC system,
which are essential to getting the station back up and running,
Bluefield Fire Chief Adrian Conner stated. “This station is key
to the residents and businesses located along the Cumberland
Road area, and plays a vital role in the development of the Exit
1 property, John Nash Boulevard, Mercer County Industrial Park,
and as a primary “mutual aid” responder to the East River
Mountain Tunnel,” he said.
Pictured above, from the left:
Marie Blackwell, City Ambassador/Grant Administrator/Veteran
Liaison with the City of Bluefield; Fire Chief Adrian Connor;
and Foundation Executive Director James Shott.
in partnering with the City
of Bluefield on these renovations may send their tax-deductible
City of Bluefield, Attn: Marie Blackwell,
200 Rogers Street, Bluefield, WV 24701.
Board approves grants in 2020 Grants Cycle
Grants Committee reviewed 45 applications in the 2020 Grants Cycle.
recommendations were presented to the Foundation Board of Directors
at its September 8th meeting, and 41 Grants totaling $186,276.83
In addition to the
grants awarded from applications, three Donor-Designated Grants were
awarded, totaling $3,842.16 and two Donor-Advised Grants were
awarded, totaling $1,000.00.
Those five grants bring
the total of all grants awarded in the 2020 Grants Cycle to
An additional $35,800.00
Community Impact Project grant was awarded to the City of Bluefield,
West Virginia Fire Department for work on Station 3 on Cumberland
The Foundation would
like to recognize the members of the Grants Committee, chaired by
Bob Perkinson, and including Mary Jo Babbitt, Gene Bailey, Marie
Blackwell, Kathleen Blaydes, Carole Dodson, Craig Hammond, Kermit
Moore and Peter Taylor.
Foundation's Board of Directors met Tuesday, June 9th and
approved 153 scholarships for 101 applicants. The scholarship
awards totaled nearly $284,000. Award notices have been sent to
would like to recognize and thank the members of the
Scholarships Committee, chaired by Carole Dodson and including
Gene Bailey, George Brooks, Mary Raub and Cathy Zimmerman for
their time and diligence in evaluating the applications.
Scholarships were awarded to students from the following area
high schools, as well as some college students.
Bluefield High School; Graham High School; Montcalm High School;
Pikeview High School; Princeton Senior High School; Richlands
High School; River View High School; and Tazewell High School.
Community Foundation grants to assist
nonprofits supporting COVID-19 services
organizations have been approved for emergency grants
expenses incurred in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Public Works Department, Labor of Love Mission, Golden Girl Group
Sacred Heart Food Pantry, Tender Mercies Food Pantry,
Fire Department, Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition,
Rescue Squad, Communities In Schools, Bluefield Police Department,
Princeton Police Department, Bluefield Fire Department
The Community Foundation of the
Virginias is now accepting grant applications from nonprofit
organizations to provide vital services to the Mercer
County/Tazewell County area due to the coronavirus crisis
through its Community Impact Project (CIP).
Services provided by the nonprofits could
include child care, elder care, patient care, emergency response
services, financial assistance to people out of work, nutritional
assistance, and other similar services.
Grant requests will be accepted on a
rolling basis and reviewed every two weeks to ensure quick
decisions and timely programs. The next two deadlines are
Wednesday, April 22 and May 6, with funding decisions on
approval and the amount approved to be announced as soon as
Before applying, please read the
details below. If you have questions, call the Foundation at
304-324-0222 to discuss your project.
The primary goal of the CIP-COVID-19
grants is to enable nonprofits to adapt, expand, or initiate
vital services to the local area during the coronavirus period.
To be eligible for a CIP-COVID-19
grant, programs must be related to the COVID-19 crisis, either
directly (e.g., care for virus patients) or indirectly (e.g.,
assistance to working parents without child care). We will also
consider grants that would allow a nonprofit to adapt its
existing programs in the face of the ever-evolving COVID-19
landscape (e.g., modifications to a food program to allow for
In all cases, special emphasis may be
given to efforts that help the most vulnerable and/or the most
people in our community.
Any nonprofit organization serving the
Mercer/Tazewell County area is eligible. Local organizations may be
given priority for funding.
Schools and government agencies may be
eligible to apply, if it is demonstrated that financial support is
not available from other sources.
Churches and faith-based organizations
are eligible to apply for projects assisting the wider community
(i.e., not just members of their own faith or congregation), and
if their outreach does not include the promotion of religious
CIP-COVID-19 Grants will be awarded to
support the direct costs of a charitable project or program
(e.g., supplies, equipment, food, educational materials, program
staff). Operating, overhead, and indirect costs are not eligible
for grant funding. Grants will be awarded for up to $10,000.
Depending upon how long the COVID-19 crisis lasts, there may be
the opportunity to apply for a second grant.
Contract help and/or additional
program staff may be eligible if used for extra personnel that
was hired or augmented to meet a need related to the COVID-19
crisis. Grants are to be used for program staff only; neither
administrative nor management staff time is eligible.
All grants will be paid on a
reimbursement basis for actual costs incurred. Grant expenses
must be substantiated by third-party documentation (e.g.,
receipts, statements, invoices). These documents should be
generated from vendors, not from your organization, with the
exception of documentation of staff time. Grants for staff time
will be paid upon the furnishing of timesheets.
Applications should consist of a one-
or two-page letter briefly describing your nonprofit’s mission,
the project at hand, the dollar amount requested, the local need
it would meet, and the beneficiaries of the proposed program.
Please be as specific as possible in terms of the number and
demographics of the people you would serve with the grant.
Attached to your letter, please
include a project budget and, if you’ve never received a grant
from the Community Foundation, your IRS 501(c)3 designation
letter, or other nonprofit explanation/justification.
The process will work as follows:
Email your application to the Foundation
Following each deadline, applications will
be evaluated, and you will be notified if your application has been
approved and the amount approved for the grant
As grant funds are utilized, submit
documentation; reimbursement will follow as quickly as possible
If you have spent nearly all of your
original grant amount and still have project work to do, you may
reapply for another grant, so long as funds remain available
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