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Operating Support Grants Build Capacity


As competition for funding increases, many nonprofit organizations face challenges with securing support for their ongoing programming.  In addition, when organizations face a financial challenge, or are going through a growth period, general operating support can be of great assistance to ensure that resources are in place to maintain programs and services. 

Recognizing this, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation offers operating support grants to nonprofit organizations through its Community Action Grants Program, a bi-annual competitive grant application process.  A number of local organizations have received operating support through this important program of the Foundation, but the need continues to grow.

A $15,000 operating support grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg helped them to provide programs for 946 members in 2018. The Club's services are particularly critical on days of unexpected school closings, such as snow days. 

"Thank goodness you're here today.," said one mother of a Club member at the recent closing of schools for the Day of Mourning in honor of President Bush. "I don't know what I would have done today if the Club wasn't open." 

According to Ben Shuman, Executive Director, "Providing programs on the days schools are closed is unusual for a program like ours - more than half of Clubs across the country close their programs on those days." Operating support helps to ensure that the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg can remain open on those days, providing critical support to children and families.

To learn more about how you can partner with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation to support your favorite area nonprofits with operating support needs, please call us at 304-428-4438.

  • Foundation Announces Spring Grants

    PACF Spring 2019 GranteesThe Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) is once again making an investment in our region by providing $243,171 in grant support to area nonprofits.  A reception was held at the Foundation’s office on Wednesday, May 15 to highlight the grant recipients and the good work they are doing in the community.

    "We had a really strong, and also diverse, pool of grant applicants this cycle,” said Marian Clowes, PACF Associate Director for Community Leadership. “When I look at the grants we have awarded, the word that keeps coming to my mind is service. Our grantees are all deeply dedicated to serving our community and especially to serving those in need.”

    Through the Foundation’s bi-annual Community Action Grants Program, area nonprofits seek grant assistance to address organizational needs and programs.  To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a private, nonprofit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution.  Either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in the Foundation’s eleven-county geographic service area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio).  Submitted applications are considered for support from charitable funds managed by the Foundation that are designed to support a wide variety of projects and causes throughout the region.

    The spring 2019 Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates grant recipients, including those organizations receiving support from the Ritchie County and Doddridge County Community Foundation affiliates, are:

     

    • Adolescent Health Initiative, Region V - $8,000 to support leadership development programs for area teens.
    • Alzheimer’s Association - $6,500 to expand services in Wood and surrounding counties through recruitment and training of volunteer educators.
    • Artsbridge - $4,000 to support the expansion of the ArtCart program, an in-school art program for Wood County 4th graders.
    • Blennerhasset Historical Foundation - $1,500 to install guttering on the front of the 1802 Putnam Houser House.
    • Calhoun County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office - $2,300 to install Calming Corners at Pleasant Hill and Arnoldsburg Elementary Schools to provide a safe and calming space for trauma-affected students.
    • Catholic Charities West Virginia - $15,000 to support the operations of the Mobile Wellness Works Food Pantry at sites in Calhoun, Doddridge, Ritchie, Roane, and Wirt counties.
    • Children of Promise in Action - $2,000 to support costs of using the facility and equipment at the Harrisville Gym for youth sports programming.
    • City of Ravenswood - $2,600 to purchase and install accessible stairs in the city swimming pool.
    • City of Vienna - $7,700 to purchase equipment related to the construction of an outdoor adult fitness area at Jackson Park.
    • Coplin Health Systems - $5,000 to create a “farmacy” program where physicians distribute vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables that patients can purchase at on-site farmers markets.
    • Doddridge County Starting Points Center - $7,500 to support Doddridge County Prevention Partners and prevention outreach activities.
    • Dora B. Woodyard Memorial Library - $3,600 to expand the makerspace station by creating a separate area for school-aged children.
    • Elizabeth Baptist Meals to Go - $2,000 to support the purchase of food provide to Wirt County students during school breaks.
    • EVE Incorporated - $5,000 to install flooring on the lower, accessible level of the facility, which was previously removed due to foundation repairs.
    • Fourth Circuit Public Defender Corporation - $5,000 to provide safe, effective, affordable transportation for clients with substance use disorders to and from treatment facilities.
    • Gilmer County Family Resource Network - $3,000 to develop a safe walkway and bridge to adjoin the Gilmer County Elementary School and Geneses Health Care, promoting opportunities for intergenerational activities.
    • Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $11,200 to launch a pilot “Aging in Place” minor home repair program to serve low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
    • Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department - $7,500 to purchase personal protective gear for firefighters.
    • Health Access, Inc. – $5,000 to purchase dental supplies to support the addition of on-site dental services, benefitting Doddridge County residents.
    • Heartwood in the Hills - $1,000 to purchase a human flexible skeleton for use in class instruction.
    • Mid-Ohio Valley Adult Drug Court - $12,750 to purchase dentures for those who are successfully completing drug court programs.
    • Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company - $1,000 to support rental costs for performances of the Nutcracker Ballet.
    • Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home - $9,750 to replace 25 bedroom chests of drawers in the organization’s men’s and women’s facilities.
    • Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department - $15,000 to support the oral health program, which provides services to children and adults.
    • Mountaineer Creative Arts Council - $1,750 to support the spring production of the play “Shrek, Jr.” at the Doddridge County High School auditorium.
    • Parkersburg Area Coalition for the Homeless, House to Home - $1,821 to purchase four security cameras for the organization’s facility.
    • Project Yoga MOV - $2,500 to provide instruction and yoga mats for veterans, enabling them to benefit from yoga classes.
    • Ritchie County High School - $1,150 to support teacher professional development.
    • Ritchie County Integrated Family Services - $3,200 for paving repairs at the organization’s facility.
    • Roane County Committee on Aging - $6,500 to replace a heating/cooling roof unit.
    • The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $7,500 to install new carpeting and paint offices, enabling the organization to move and reduce rental costs.
    • The Education Alliance - $3,500 to support the Americorps on the Frontline program, which provides mentors to help at-risk students in Pleasants, Ritchie, and Wood Counties improve attendance, behavior, and course performance.
    • Voices of the Streets, Essentially Yours - $1,500 to purchase hygiene items and cleaning products to provide to those transitioning from homelessness to a permanent residence.
    • Washington County Career Center - $15,000 to purchase equipment needed to complete the second phase of an Outdoor Training Facility used to prepare students for employment as operators, mechanics, and welders.
    • Waverly Volunteer Fire Department - $5,350 to replace an outdated portable tank and personal protective equipment used for emergency response.
    • West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition - $1,500 to purchase a new commercial stove.
    • West Virginia University Extension Service, Wirt County - $4,000 to provide STEM enrichment activities for school-aged youth served by extension.
    • West Virginia University Extension Service, Family Nutrition Program - $6,000 to support the Kids Koupon project, which enables school children to purchase produce at pop-up farmers markets at schools in Ritchie and Wood counties.
    • Williamstown Elementary School - $7,500 to support the construction of a track, soccer field, basketball court, outdoor learning center, and playground at the new elementary school.
    • Williamstown High School - $10,000 to develop a robotics program for students.
    • Wood County Parks and Recreation Commission, Mountwood Park - $15,000 to replace roofs on cabins in the White Oak Village Section of the park, which houses a treatment and recovery center for individuals with substance use disorders.
    • WVU Foundation on Behalf of Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program – $5,000 to support the mentor program, which provides services to students from the Mid-Ohio Valley who have visual impairments.
  • Community Foundation Awards Spring Grants

    The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) announced today its grant awards for spring 2016.  The Foundation awarded a total of $143,740 through its Spring Community Action Grants Program to organizations within the Foundation’s eleven-county service region of Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants, and Jackson Counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio.

     The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) awarded grants totaling $142,740 to 36 different organizations, and its Ritchie County affiliate, Ritchie County Community Foundation affiliate (RCCF), awarded $1,000 in grant support.  On Thursday, June 2, representatives of organizations receiving grants from the PACF and RCCF and other supporters of the Foundation attended a Spring Grant Award Program at the Foundation’s central office location in Parkersburg. Grant recipients had an opportunity to discuss their grant-funded projects with the attendees.

     Grants awarded through the PACF’s Community Action Grants Program are made possible by generous individuals/businesses who have established a charitable fund with the PACF.  The Program uses the resources available through the Foundation’s Unrestricted and Field of Interest Funds to meet the ever-changing needs of its service region.  The Foundation works with volunteers region-wide to review the grant applications and select the recipients.  Additionally, the Foundation consults with individuals who have established Donor Advised Funds through the PACF and works with these individuals to provide additional grant support for the projects proposed through the Community Action Grants Program.  To learn more about the Program, individuals should call the Foundation at 304.428.4438 or email info@pacfwv.com.

      Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Grants

    •  American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia - $6,400 for veteran outreach through the Services to Armed Forces program
    • Arnoldsburg Elementary School - $3,900 to assist with construction of a parking lot to provide parking for community events
    • Children’s Home Society of West Virginia - $7,500 to provide direct support for basic needs for youth enrolled in the Parkersburg Transitional Living Program
    • Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $1,700 to provide stipends as incentives for individuals and families in poverty to attend training classes
    • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $4,500 to provide equipment and resources to implement a student loan counseling program
    • Creed Collins Elementary School - $2,400 to provide renovations for safe access to a restroom at the school playground
    • Doddridge County Community Educational Outreach Service - $4,000 for the development of a heritage art quilt trail to encourage tourism and preserve Appalachian heritage
    • Doddridge County High School - $4,790 to encourage lifetime recreation habits by providing archery and Frisbee golf equipment for high school physical education classes
    • Doddridge County Parks and Recreation - $5,000 to assist with the purchase and installation of a weatherproof yurt at the Park’s campground
    • East Wood Volunteer Fire Company - $4,125 for the purchase of air cylinders
    • Ely Chapman Education Foundation - $2,500 to assist with start-up costs for new pre-school program
    • Friends of Charles Fork Lake - $6,000 to construct a disc golf course
    • Humane Society of the Ohio Valley - $1,500 for the acquisition of the ShelterPro Records Management System
    • Julia-Ann Historical Community Association - $4,700 for the restoration and preservation of Riverview Cemetery
    • Lubeck Elementary School - $2,500 for the purchase of playground equipment for Pre-K students
    • Martin Elementary School - $2,000 to provide books for students for the summer to improve literacy
    • Middle Island VFW Post 3408 - $5,000 for the construction of a picnic pavilion at the Doddridge County Park to honor veterans
    • Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Society/West Virginia Symphony Orchestra – Parkersburg - $600 to purchase a laptop computer to improve ticketing at concerts
    • Parkersburg High School - $2,000 to equip the Moderate MI Apartment Classroom to teach life skills
    • Parkersburg High School Foundation - $2,000 to purchase equipment and software to support fundraising efforts
    • Planned Parenthood South Atlantic - $1,000 to install a security system at the Vienna health center
    • Pleasants County Parks and Recreation - $5,000 for ADA upgrades to the aquatic center
    • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy - $5,000 to develop an economic impact report for the North Bend Rail Trail
    • Ritchie County Schools - $7,500 to develop and equip a video production lab at the high school
    • Roane County 4-H Leaders Association - $3,500 to construct a roof over a picnic shelter at the Roane County 4-H Camp
    • Schrader Youth Ballet Company - $2,000 to support the production of “Nutcracker: Clara’s Dream”
    • TEAM for West Virginia Children, Inc. - $5,000 to support the Say YES to Safe Sleep for Babies Hospital and Home Visitation Program
    • The Education Alliance - $3,500 to support the AmeriCorps on the Frontline student mentoring program in Doddridge, Pleasants, and Wood County schools
    • West Virginia Health Right, Inc. - $4,000 to provide oral health care and education
    • West Virginia University Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program - $3,975 to support mentoring program for students with visual impairments
    • West Virginia University School of Public Health - $3,000 to support a student-led community health project
    • Westbrook Health Services - $4,500 to assist women who have completed the Genesis Residential Substance Abuse Program by providing them with items needed for new housing
    • Wirt County 4-H Leaders Association - $5,000 to support the meals-to-go program, which provides food for Wirt County students during holiday breaks
    • Wood County Parks and Recreation Commission/Mountwood Park - $8,150 to replace the original roofs on three restrooms at Mountwood Park
    • Wood County Senior Citizens Association, Inc. - $2,500 to purchase computers for an educational lab for seniors
    • West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation - $6,000 to assist with the Center for Early Learning’s summer camp program

    Ritchie County Community Foundation Grants

    • Ritchie County Schools - $1,000 to develop and equip a video production lab at the high school

     



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