Foundation Announces 1st Quarter 2017 Grant Recipients
FIRST QUARTER 2017 FUNDING CYCLE
21st CENTURY ENDOWMENT FUND
FOUNDATION FOR THE TRI-STATE COMMUNITY, INC.
Barboursville Convention & Visitors Bureau (West Virginia)
Project Play is a collaboration between the East Huntington Kiwanis Club, the Village of Barboursville, and the Barboursville Convention & Visitors Bureau to construct an all-inclusive playground in Barboursville Park. The playground will feature equipment usable by children of all abilities as well as outdoor fitness equipment that can be utilized by adults.
Lawrence County Educational Service Center (Ohio)
SEE THE WORLD AND FIND MY PATH
This project will prepare middle school students for choosing a college and/or career path by exposing them to college and career experiences, including college and office visits. Students will also participate in financial literacy and entrepreneurship courses. Math teachers and volunteers from local banking institutions will teach the students basic financial literacy skills, and the students will be asked to develop a product and manage a business to demonstrate mastery of these skills.
Wayne County Board of Education (West Virginia)
SUPPORTING LITERACY IN WAYNE COUNTY
Through 4-H and the WVU Extension Service, three elementary schools in Wayne County offer Energy Express, an AmeriCorps program designed to curb loss in reading achievement over the summer months. A grant from FTSC assisted with efforts to expand the program to Buffalo Elementary. This program is funded, in part, by the West Virginia Neighborhood Investment Program Endowment Fund.
Ashland Independent School District (Kentucky)
GONOODLE - ASHLAND
Kentucky "strongly recommends" students get 150 minutes of physical activity per week. With funding from another grant, the Ashland Independent School District has provided a P.E. teacher at each elementary school. However, that grant ends at the end of the school year, and the district will likely revert to having one or two P.E. teachers who rotate through the schools. To continue providing physical activity for the students, the district applied for a FTSC grant to purchase "GoNoodle Plus," software that helps classroom teachers incorporate elements of physical activity into their lessons. If purchased, classroom teachers would be required to use the program at least 10 minutes per day.
America's Best Communities Fund (West Virginia)
AMERICA’S BEST COMMUNITIES COMPETITION
As Huntington goes up against seven other communities in the America's Best Communities competition, this grant will assist the ABC team with the purchase of design services and printing costs for the final version of the revitalization plan to be submitted for judging. The final prize of $3 million will be used by the winning community to implement the economic revitalization plans it has proposed. Huntington’s projects, located in three distressed neighborhoods, have been bundled together as the "HIP (Huntington Innovation Project) Plan."
Coalfield Development Corporation (West Virginia)
WEST EDGE FACTORY ACCESSIBILITY IMPROVEMENTS
This grant will assist with the construction of a wheelchair ramp and signage for the West Edge Factory, to assist in efforts to make the facility ADA compliant. Coalfield acquired the vacant factory to accelerate job creation and serve as a workforce training center for a variety of job sectors. In addition to workforce development contributions, increased use of the building itself has already reduced neighborhood crime rates and increased local property values. ADA compliance will make the building an even greater asset to the region.