Beckley Area Foundation’s annual community grant program accepts applications from Raleigh County schools, 501-c-3 nonprofit organizations and government institutions. These groups submit requests addressing emergent needs, program services and community projects in the areas of arts, education, civic beautification, public recreation, health and human services.
The Beckley Area Foundation Board of Directors has approved recommendations made by the 2013 Distributions Committee funding for 48 grants and six special projects totaling $196,825.
This committee comprised of 30 citizens representing a cross-section of Raleigh County’s population and led by Chair Leslei Syner Hinzman, spent long hours considering requests totaling more than double the amount of dollars available for awarding.
Hinzman noted how “these individuals demonstrate an inspirational selfless dedication when evaluating how to best fulfill our citizens’ needs as expressed in the applications.”
Crucial to this grant program are the donors who established unrestricted and field of interest endowments, the organizations and volunteers which devote time and research to submit an application and the distribution committee volunteers as they provide the manpower for reviewing and recommending awards.
In addition to the 55 named and four general unrestricted endowments, a number of charitable donors established field of interest funds specified to benefit an area of need such as arts, children or environment, rather than a particular charity. Field of interest funds supplementing 2013 grant awards are Flying Eagle Economic Development Fund, Lewis McManus Fund, Nick & Daley Rahall Memorial Fund and the David Bledsoe Tieche Fund.
The 2013 grant awards, recommended by the committee and approved by the BAF Board of Directors are as follows:
Quota International of Beckley Inc., materials for sculpting vessels for “Empty Bowls” fundraiser, $1,150; School of Harmony, sound/projection system for instructional programs, $5,828;
Tamarack Foundation, website development for Raleigh County Arts Trail, $1,500; Theatre West Virginia Inc., educational touring company sound system, $5,148.95; West Virginia Dance Company, marketing material production, $1,875;
West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Inc., Traveling Museum to Raleigh County elementary schools, $3,500; Woodrow Wilson High School Band Boosters, equipment trailer, $5,230; Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia, internal wireless communication system, $1,462.