Wythe-Bland Foundation recently awarded $1.6 million in 33 grants to not-for-profit groups providing services to residents in Wythe and Bland counties.
This brings the total community investment made by the foundation since its creation to $27,647,830.
In addition, the foundation has budgeted $425,000 for the Wytheville Community College Scholarship Program. The scholarship ensures residents and graduates of Wythe and Bland schools have the opportunity to receive a certificate or degree from the college tuition free. To date, the foundation has provided funding to 1,066 students for a total of $3,469,789. As a condition of the scholarship, students are required to volunteer 40 hours of service to a not-for-profit organization providing service to Wythe and Bland County residents. This has resulted in approximately 44,640 hours of community service.
The grant investments by the foundation further its mission to provide opportunities to promote collaboration among not-for-profit service providers and create a healthier community. The foundation awarded the following grants for fiscal year 2018:
Bland County Farmers Market: Market Operations – $4,000
Bland County Parks & Recreation: Park Fitness Equipment – $15,000
Bland County Rescue Squad: Portable Transport Ventilator – $5,000
Bland County Public Schools: STEM-UP Program – $107,100
Bland County Medical Clinic: Equipment and Clinical Operations – $109,400
Bland Ministry Center: Dental Clinic – $166,000
Brain Injury Services of SWVA: Case Management & “CLiC” Project – $44,000
Brock Hughes Medical Clinic: Operations – $325,000
Family Resource Center: Therapy Services Program – $54,000
Feeding America SWVA: Mobile Food Pantry – $18,900
HOPE, Inc.: Nonprofit Bookkeeping Project – $74,000
HOPE, Inc.: HOPE Packs – $130,000
Lead Mines Rescue Squad: Cardiac Monitor & Defibrillators – $33,000
Mount Rogers Health District: Vaccine Program – $115,500
Mountain CAP: Emergency Transportation Program – $16,000
One-on-One Literacy: “Eat for Life” Project – $8,500
Rural Retreat Depot Foundation: Market Operations – $8,000
Rx Partnership: Medication Access for Brock Hughes Medical Clinic – $10,000
Town of Wytheville: Rock House Kitchen Project – $10,000
Town of Wytheville: “Fit for Life” Program – $62,000
Town of Wytheville: Pass Plan Scholarships – $30,000
United Way of Southwest Virginia: Family Outreach Project – $4,000
United Way of Southwest Virginia: “Ignite” Project – $21,100
United Way of Southwest Virginia: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance – $5,000
United Way of Wythe County: Matching Funds – $10,000
WCPS Foundation for Excellence: Summer Enrichment – $95,800
Wythe County: “Shape Up at Sheffey” Project – $15,800
Wythe County Rescue Squad: Cardiac Monitor for EMS Vehicle – $33,000
Wythe County Sheriff’s Department: “Operation Heart” Project – $44,000
Wythe County Breast Cancer Coalition: “Ladies’ Night Out” – $7,200
Wytheville Farmers Market: Market Operations – $7,100
Wytheville Lions Club: Hearing Project – $1,500
Wytheville Lions Club: Vision Project – $10,100
The foundation’s next deadline for applications is Aug. 1, 2018. All Wythe and Bland not-for-profit organizations that provide health, education and welfare in those service areas are invited to submit an application. For assistance with a grant application or to obtain additional information, contact the Wythe-Bland Foundation office or visit their website at www.ebfoundation.com.
This story was originally published in the SouthWest Virginia Today on October 19, 2017.