Community Foundation awards over $138,000 in grants to 45 NRV projects

Last month the Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV) awarded $138, 134 in grants to 45 projects throughout the region through its Responsive Grant Program.

The CFNRV manages over $10 million in assets in 185 endowed funds created by NRV individuals, families, and businesses to award grants to charitable organizations and scholarships to students. The Responsive Grant Program awards up to $3,000 in operating support to charitable organizations and up to $5,000 to specific programs focused on issues like poverty, natural resource conservation, education, the arts, and housing. The CFNRV received nearly one hundred applications, and staff and volunteers then vetted the applications and made grant awards from dozens of endowed funds managed at the foundation.

Grant recipients and donors gathered in Floyd to celebrate the awards. During the celebration, executive director Jessica Wirgau shared the foundation’s gratitude for the work each grantee organization does for the community, “You solidify for me the central message we share with all of our donors, that each grant we give and each gift they make is an investment in our community. This audience knows that grants are not handouts, nor simply nice gestures. They are investments in the good work your organizations do, in each of you as professionals, and most importantly, in improving the quality of life for all NRV residents now and for generations.”

A complete list of grant recipients is below. The 2019 Responsive Grant Program will open online in May 2019 with a deadline in late July. Anyone interested in starting an endowed fund to support charitable work in the New River Valley should contact the CFNRV at 540-381-8999 or email jessicawirgau@cfnrv.org.

American Red Cross: $1,480 from the 4-17 Fund and the Giles Fund for operating support. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia: $1,000 from the Ann and H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund for thePulaski County School Based Mentoring Program. 

Blacksburg Refugee Partnership: $5,000 from the Loving Care Fund, the Luba Fabrycky Memorial Endowment Fund, and the Litschert Family Fund for an Intensive English Course for College-Bound Refugees. 

Blue Mountain School: $1,500 from the Floyd Fund for operating support. 

Brain Injury Services of SWVA: $1,300 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Health Care Fund for CLiC Forward Yoga in the NRV.

CERC aka Floyd Community Educational Association: $5,000 from an Angel Grantor for Heart of the Child Music Program for At-Risk Floyd County Preschoolers. 

Children’s Museum of Blacksburg: $5,000 from the Loving Care Fund, the Childrens’ Shelter Home Endowment, the Beatrice Kalka Fund, the Mary P. Risacher Fund  and the Virle and Al Payne Fund for the CMB: Sensory Space. 

Children’s Trust: $3,000 from the Childrens Shelter Home Endowment, the David and Lillian Francis Charitable Fund, and the North Family Fund for the Children’s Advocacy Center of the New River Valley. 

Christiansburg High School Black Student Awareness: $1,145 from the New Mountain Climbers Fund for theChristiansburg High School Black Student Awareness Club Activities 2018-2019. 

College Mentors for Kids: $3,780 from the Luba Fabrycky Memorial Endowment Fund and the Stoop Fund for theCollege Mentors for Kids Mentor Program at Virginia Tech and Radford University. 

Free Clinic of Pulaski County: $5,000 from the Ann and H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund for the Pulaski Free Clinic Bridge Program. 

Giles Animal Rescue, Inc: $2,000 from the Giles Fund for operating support. 

Giles County Shelter, Inc.: $3,000 from the Giles Fund and the Homer T. and Beverly A. Hurst Family Fund for operating support. 

Giles Health and Family Center: $1,700 from the Giles Fund for operating support. 

Giles Health and Family Center: $5,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Health Care Fund and the Giles Fund for Non-Emergency Medical Transport. 

Humane Society of Pulaski County: $3,000 from the Ann and H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund for operating support. 

June Bug Center: $3,000 from the JJ Fund, the Youth Awareness Fund, and the Arts Alliance Fund for After-School Programs. 

Justice and Peace Committee, Holy Family Catholic Church: $2,000 from the Giles Fund for Infant Care Supplies, Formula, Diapers, And Wipes For The Needy Of Giles County. 

Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley: $5,000 from the Ann and H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund, the Giles Fund, the Virle and Al Payne Fund, and the Shuler Reading Fund for  Skill UP NRV. 

Lyric Council, Inc.: $3,000 from the Rosina and Dean Carter Fund for the Visual Arts, the Virgil Speaks Fund, and the Arts Alliance Fund for operating support. 

Macy Backpack Ministries: $1,164 from the Giles Fund for the Macy Backpack  Ministry. 

Macy McClaugherty Elementary Middle School: $505 from the Giles Fund for the Macy Library STEAM Outreach Program. 

McHarg Elementary School: $2,250 from the Nicholson Family Fund, the Hazelton Family Fund, and the Litschert Family Fund for McHarg’s One School, One Book Program. 

Montgomery County Christmas Store: $1,000 from the Talbot Family Fund for the Underwear for low-income senior and disabled men. 

Mountain View Humane: $2,060 from the Paws and Claws Fund and the Litschert Family Fund for operating support. 

New River Community Action: $3,000 from the Ann and H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund, the Giles Fund, the Litschert Family Fund, the Jackson S. Copenhaver Fund,  and the Virle and Al Payne Fund for the Emergency Assistance Program.

New River Community Action, Head Start: $5,000 from the Childrens’ Shelter Home Endowment, the Early Childhood Education Teachers Fund, and the Newcomb Parenting Skills Fund for Trauma Informed Training and Care. 

New River Community College: $5,000 from the Ann and H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund for the Great Expectations Program. 

New River Family Shelter: $3,000 from the David and Lillian Francis Charitable Fund, the Homer T. and Beverly A. Hurst Family Fund, and the Litschert Family Fund for operating support. 

New River Valley Agency on Aging: $5,000 from the Bell Family Fund, the Ghia Borg Memorial Health Care Fund, the Giles Fund, the Silver Care Fund, the Jacobs Family Fund, and the Litschert Family Fund for the Respite Care Program.

New River Valley Friends of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra: $1,500 from the Arts Alliance Fund for Artists-In-Residence Series (AIRS). 

New River Valley Home: $5,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund, the Margaret and Samuel Tollison Family Fund, the Hulannie Jenkins and Kimberly Atherton-Jenkins Fund, and the General Endowment for the Tool-Lending Library.

Partnership for Floyd Inc: $5,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund and the Susan Garrison Fund for thePioneer Trail. 

Plenty!: $5,000 from the Floyd Fund, the Homer T. and Beverly A. Hurst Family Fund, Joann and JB Sutphin Fund, the General Endowment, and the Nelle Oakey Ryan Gardner Fund for Building On Tradition ~ Establishing a Firm Foundation. 

Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread: $3,000 from the Ann and H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund for operating support.

Springhouse Community School: $1,500 from the Floyd Fund for the New River Valley Parent Education Program.

St. Mary’s Catholic – NRV Glean Team: $3,000 from the Homer T. and Beverly A. Hurst Family Fund and the Gerus Blieszner Fund for operating support. 

St. Michael Lutheran Church: $2,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund for Micah’s Caring Initiative. 

SustainFloyd: $2,000 from the Cabell and Shirley Brand and SEEDS Mini-Grant Fund and the Susan Garrison Fund for the The Personal Climate Pledge Video Project. 

To Our House: $3,000 from the Diana, Princess of Wales Fund, the Todd Family Fund, the Community Service Fund, and the Giles Fund for operating support. 

Town of Floyd: $3,964 from Robert and Emily Stuart Grassroots Leadership Fund,the Warren Lloyd Holtzman Merit Grant Fund, and the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund for the Leadership Floyd Program.

Warm Hearth Foundation: $2,386.21 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. 

Warm Hearth Foundation: $3,900 from the Benjamin Eiss Memorial Fund, the Homer T. and Beverly A. Hurst Family Fund, the Community Services Fund, the Highlands Fund, the Wellness Fund, and the Miller Family Fundfor  S.K.I.P. (Seniors & Kids in Play). 

Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley, Inc.: $3,000 from the David and Lillian Francis Charitable Fund, the Giles Fund, and the Homer T. and Beverly A. Hurst Family Fund for operating support. 

YMCA of Pulaski County: $5,000 from the Ann and H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund for the Calfee Community Center Planning Project.