More than half a million dollars in Community Participation Grants, financing a variety of projects in the 9th Senatorial District, have been approved over the last two fiscal years.

The largest one of $65,250 went to the Raleigh County Commission on Aging in Beckley for building improvements. Combined, the grants totaled $566,250.

“It is a great honor to be able to help these great and deserving organizations throughout the district,” Sen. Mike Green, D-Raleigh, said.

Green said he and the other 9th District representative, Sen. Daniel Hall, D-Wyoming, get numerous requests for financial aid from entities in the two counties.

“We try to prioritize the requests and give assistance to the projects we feel will have the most impact on our communities,” Green said.

“We have a high concentration of grant awards to organizations that help develop our youth and assist with our seniors. Our seniors have done so much for our communities, state and nation while today’s youth will be tomorrow’s leaders. We have to equip our young people with the tools to succeed in tomorrow’s work force.”

Hall said the grants approved reflect only a part of the actual costs involved for each project.

“The organizations have to have skin in the game and a financial commitment in order to be considered for grant monies,” Hall said.

“These requirements go to ensure the communities are committed to seeing the project through.”

Other organizations targeted to receive funding include:

 - Beckley Little League, $50,000, for field improvements; Baileysville Youth Football League, equipment and improvements; Children’s Home Society, Southern West Virginia Youth Emergency Shelter, $25,000 for building improvements;

- City of Pineville, $35,000, street truck, equipment and improvements; Daniels Elementary, $30,000, playground equipment;

- Fairdale Elementary, $10,000, equipment improvements; Independence High  School, $20,000, athletic field improvements; Liberty High School, $15,000, archery program and library upgrades; Lillian James Center, $10,000, delivery van; Marsh Fork School Alumni Memorial Park, $5,000, basketball court;

- Mullens Opportunity Center, $15,000 each for building improvements and facility upgrades; Mullens Volunteer Fire Department, $5,000, equipment upgrades;

- Oceana Fire Association, $4,000, equipment upgrades; Oceana Fire Department, 47,000, equipment; Pineville Little League, $15,000, field improvements; Raleigh County Public Library, $14,000, bookmobile upgrade; Raleigh West Football, $20,000, equipment upgrades; Raleigh West Wrestling, $10,000, equipment upgrades;

- Shady Spring, $14,000 for scoreboard and field improvements and $5,000 for girls softball; Shady Spring Little League, $20,000, field upgrades;

- Shady Spring Tiger Youth Football League, $20,000, equipment upgrades and field improvements; Slab Fork Community Group, $15,000, park improvements; Trap Hill Little League, $10,000, field and equipment upgrades; Trap Hill Middle School, $5,000, archery program upgrades;

- Westside High School, $10,000, tennis court; Woodrow Wilson High School, 45,000, wrestling program equipment upgrades;

- Wyoming County 4-H Camp, $15,000, facility upgrades; Wyoming County Council on Aging, $32,000, building renovations; Wyoming County Fire Department, $5,000, equipment upgrades; and Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, $35,000, equipment upgrades.

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