TGKVF Announces Grant Recipients

 The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation serves a six county region that includes Kanawha, Putnam, Clay, Fayette, Lincoln and Boone Counties. 


1st Cycle 2015

Arts & Culture


1. A New Clendenin Inc. - Funding will support the costs associated with architectural services to partially restore the interior of the town’s historic Roxy Theater.  $12,000


2. Arts in Action- Funding will support student classroom and performance outfits for youth that have financial need, recognition awards, and event supplies. $20,000


3. Charleston Ballet, Inc. - Funding will support the 60th anniversary season, assisting with guest artist expenses for 9-10 performances including a varied program for October, Nutcracker performances with the WV Symphony, and full-length THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME with Columbia Classical Ballet, SC.  $15,750


4. Charleston Civic Chorus- Funding will support five performances including the Spring Concert, FestivALL concert, Winter Concert and two concerts for the Charleston GoodNight festivities. $1,500


5. Coda Mountain Academy of Music- Funding will support three high caliber summer music day camps for Appalachian students with faculty who have graduated from top schools. $10,000


6. FestivALL, Charleston, Inc. - Funding will support specific projects including the Dance Gala, Carriage Trail Walk, Children’s Art Fair, Art-for-All, Writers Roundtable, Cashore Marionette, Dance in Davis Park, Public Art projects and the American Shakespeare Center. $20,750


7. Friends of Alban Arts & Conference Center- Funds will support the 2015-2016 schedule of community theatre productions including Dr. Doolittle, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Next 5 Years, The Flick and Urinetown. $10,000


8. WV Public Broadcasting Foundation- Funding will support Mountain Stage to continue to strengthen its community partnerships and continue to bring high quality, affordable live music programming to the Kanawha Valley.  $15,750


9. Partnership of African American Churches- Funding will support Closing the Gap Through Arts Program to provide opportunities for artistic expression to a marginalized youth population in the Greater Charleston area.  $7,000


10. West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, Inc. – Funding will support the Traveling Museum, a project created to visit elementary schools in TGKVF’s six county area.  The museum includes an Interactive Map and a make your own CD recording studio. $14,000


11. womanSong- Funding will support the 2015 season including concerts in April and December. $3,500


12. WV Professional Dance Company-Funding will support the Earth’s Quilt Common Threads-Exploring Subjects Across the Curriculum project.  This projects offers an engaging way to teach students core subjects – like math, science, geography, art and communication through professional dance performances. $10,000



First Quarter Education Grant

WVU Foundation/Extension Services- STEM Ambassador program- $94,000.00


The STEM Ambassador program hires college students pursuing STEM degrees from local higher education institutions, trains them in positive youth development and STEM curricula, and integrates them as summer ambassadors into 4-H and other summer community learning events in each of the six counties in TGKVF’s service region.  Each STEM Ambassador, through a partnership with the six WVU Extension Offices in TGKVF’s footprint, will spend a total of 10 weeks (400 hours) in work related to their designated county and impact 2,000+ youth throughout the course of the program as well as engage with local STEM industry partners.  The purpose of project is to improve STEM skills amongst regional youth and to provide professional development opportunities for college students in STEM-related fields.


First Quarter Civic Leadership Grant

DuBois on Main- DuBois Youth Leadership and Media Academy- $6,100.00


The DuBois Youth and Media Leadership Academy will serve middle-school aged youth of diverse backgrounds in the Mt. Hope area of Fayette County by engaging them in a six-week summer project to document and publicize stories of DuBois High School, while promoting leadership, volunteerism, and civic engagement.  Approximately 12 youth will be matched with an alumnus of DuBois living in the local area, encouraging neighborhood engagement.  They will record video interviews with the alumni about childhood, attending DuBois, racial identity, and leadership.


Second Quarter Civic Leadership Grant

WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition-Our Children Our Future Project-$57,000


The Our Children, Our Future Project will engage community members and young people with the confidence to freely participate in policy work. Civic Engagement Centers (CEC) which are already established within the community, will serve as the point within the county for meeting project goals. Through various activities, community members will learn how to change their community issues to action. Currently there are centers located in 5 of the counties served in the TGKVF area. Each center will:

*organize a local collaborative to complete a local community assessment

*complete a healthy lifestyles project of their choosing,

*participate in the Our Children, Our Future Policy Symposium

*host a community meeting to surface statewide issues

*send at least 20 people to Kids and Families Day at the Capitol

*host a regional forum with legislators during the session

*host leadership development training

*organize a team to attend the 2016 Try This Conference           

*develop a student chapter that is comprised of young people within the community to help with activities


Second Quarter Health Grant

WV Health Right, Inc. - Dental Care for Low-Income Pregnant Women and Veterans-$52,436


The purpose of this program is to improve the oral health status of low-income pregnant women and veterans through access to dental services.  Women's Health Center will incorporate enhanced dental education into its home-based Right from the Start program- it is anticipated that 70 prenatal clients will receive dental screenings and care and 185 pregnant women/parents of infants will receive dental health education.  Additionally, by working with Roark Sullivan Lifeway Center, WV Health Right will provide 60 low-income veterans with screenings, preventative care, treatment, and restorative care.



Second Quarter Leadership Grants

Lincoln County Schools-Afterschool and Community Learning Centers- $65,000

The Lincoln County Afterschool program will serve approximately 200 children at two afterschool sites: West Hamlin and Duval PK-8 for two days a week for 25 weeks.  The afterschool centers will focus on STEAM education through programs such as Lego robotics, mad science, Zulu science, and scholastic literacy.  The centers will also increase family participation through programs like Dropout Prevention and events such as family movie night.


Southern Appalachian Labor School- Accent Education- $28,650

This project will have summer and school year components that will provide STEAM relevant education to elementary and middle-school aged students throughout western Fayette County.  The after-school component will serve approximately 30-40 at-risk students with a focus on homework help coupled with STEAM education, including a trout classroom project, water quality monitoring, horticulture, and aeronautics.  The summer component will serve approximately 40 students through Energy Express coupled with artistic expression explorations.



2nd Cycle 2015

Basic Needs


1. American Red Cross-Funding will support providing disaster relief in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties. This funding will serve approximately 70 families and would give this organization approximately $7,500 per county to assist with needs beyond natural disasters, such as homes destroyed by fire.  $45,000


2. Community Development Outreach Ministries-Funding will support Heart & Hand South Charleston and Heart & Hand Putnam County Basic Needs Programs, which provide emergency assistance to support low income families with their basic need of shelter, food, and clothing.  $20,000


3. Daymark, Inc.-Funding will support the Patchwork Program which provides food, clothing, shelter and other support for youth who are homeless, or at-risk of becoming homeless. $20,000


4. Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam County-Funding will support a needs assessment for a Home Preservation Program. The focus of this potential program will be for low income families that may need repairs to either stay in their home or to make the home safe enough to be habitable.  $23,700


5. Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home, Inc.-Funding will support this home for men in recovery from addiction by providing them with food and shelter while the men focus on becoming sober, productive and healthy.    $20,500


6. Manna Meal, Inc.-Funding will provided support for  Manna Meal, Covenant House and Roark Sullivan to work together to remove some of the barriers that prevent residents  from having shelter, nutritious meals, and clean clothing.  $61,000


7. REA of Hope Fellowship Home, Inc.-Funding will support this program which provides women affordable housing in a homelike environment that is focused on recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction.  $25,000


8. Southern Appalachian Labor School-Funding will support food programs, utility assistance, and shelter services to eligible families in need with rural areas of Fayette County. $6,450


9. Tyler Mountain/Cross Lanes Community Services-Funding will support direct assistance to clients in the form of food, clothing, and shelter needs.  TMCLCS assists low-income households in Cross Lanes and surrounding areas with basic needs through a food program, utility assistance, and a weekend snack program. 15,000



10. United Way of Central West Virginia-Funding will support the Backpack Buddy Summer Food program which will provide meal supplements to eligible students throughout Putnam County. Food boxes will be delivered bi-weekly during the summer months.  $10,000


11. United Way of Central West Virginia-Funding will support the Backpack Buddy Summer Food program which will provide meal supplements to eligible students throughout Boone County. Food boxes will be delivered bi-weekly during the summer months. $6,000


12. WV Food and Farm Coalition-Funding will support the creation and support of Kanawha Valley Mobile Markets. The mobile markets will delver local food to communities that lack healthy local food access, which includes physical access, limited purchasing power and lack of nutrition knowledge. The markets will not only distribute food, but offer educational programming and accept payment of SNAP/WIC benefits.  $18,700


13. YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program-Funding will support the YWCA Resolve Hope House, which provides emergency shelter, case management, and other supportive services for victims of domestic violence in Boone, Clay, and Kanawha Counties. $14,000


14. YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women & Families- Funding will support the YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter; a 75 bed certified facility providing shelter and direct supportive services 24 hours a day. Services are provided to single women, women with children, men with custody of their children, veterans, and intact families. The shelter averages 60 individuals per night. $21,580


15. WVU Eye Institute (WVU Foundation, Inc.)-Funding will support The Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program (CVRP) of the WVU Eye Institute and WV SenseAbilities (SA) which provides access to the visual environment for school-aged children in West Virginia with incurable vison loss and provides tools to facilitate independence for the visually impaired now and in the future. $137,750


Foundation Announces Third Quarter 2015 Grants



Children’s Therapy Clinic- $44,325.00 (HEALTH)

Children's Therapy Clinic and Bright Futures Learning Services will work together to provide appropriate therapy services for children with disabilities who have insufficient insurance coverage and/or income. Bright Futures Learning Services will provide behavioral treatments to children with autism and related disorders.  Funding will support staffing, collaborative workshops, and materials.

College Summit- $15,000.00 (EDUCATION)

College Summit's Future Corps program will provide tools, training and support to influential students at Sissonville High School, Herbert Hoover High School, and Lincoln County High School to lead campaigns that promote college enrollment for 9th-12th grade students in 2015-2016 academic school year.  Funds will support staff, student training, and campaign materials in this pilot, peer-driven project.

East End Family Resource Center- $27,690.00 (EDUCATION)

In partnership with Kanawha County Schools and the Education Alliance, the East End Family Resource Center will provide the Frontline Dropout Prevention program at Piedmont Elementary, Stonewall Jackson Middle School, Horace Mann Middle School, and Capital High School.  Through intensive mentorship, this program will increase high school graduation rates by working with at-risk youth to improve student attendance, behavior, and course performance.  Funding will help support six AmeriCorps member mentors, volunteer recruitment and community engagement, and STEAM education materials.

Human Resource Development Foundation- $51,272.00 (HEALTH)

The Ready-Set-Grow program will offer educational activities centered on healthy choices with regard to recreational opportunities and locally grown foods.  Activities will assist in promoting healthy lifestyles for 200 students attending after school centers located in the East End and West Side of Charleston, WV.  This collaborative effort amongst Human Resource Development Foundation, The Bob Burdette Center, Pro-Kids, and the Girl Scouts of the Black Diamond Council will include the 4H Junior Master Gardner program and the Girl Scouts Healthy Habits curricula.  Funding will help support  program coordinators, classroom materials, and curricula booklets.

Mission West Virginia- $61,318.00 (EDUCATION)

In collaboration with TEAM for WV Children's Fostering Futures program and other partners, Mission WV's pilot project The Bridge will serve foster children and their caretakers in TGKVF's six county region through mentorship, advocacy, and support services.  Funding will assist with educational advocacy, academic support, mentoring, self-sufficiency coaching, enrichment opportunities, and scholarships for foster youth.


Foundation Announces Fourth Quarter 2015 Grants



Appalachian Reading Center- $55,541.00 (Education)

As a coalition, the Appalachian Reading Center and The Bridge of Mission WV will partner with Clay County Schools to provide outreach in Clay County.  The coalition will identify and tutor dyslexic and reading deficient students within foster or kinship care; services will be provided at no charge to participants. Funds will help support training and stipends for tutors, materials for students and families, and scholarships for regional youth to attend the Reading Center.


CADCO Foundation/ Charleston Area Alliance- $11,705.00 (Civic Engagement and Leadership)

Funds will support the Leadership Kanawha Valley (LKV) Program a multi-disciplinary leadership identification, enrichment and networking program in the Kanawha Valley dedicated to developing a robust pipeline  of diverse civic leaders to serve the region.


Coalfield Development Corporation- $74,200.00 (Health)

Refresh Appalachia, a regional economic and workforce development initiative, will establish a sustainable training and development program to increase the success of beginning farmers in Lincoln County.  By working with Step by Step, Unlimited Future and Lincoln County Schools, the project will strengthen local food systems, increase access to healthy food, and aggregate and distribute produce to meet regional markets.  Funding will support staffing, training, and building materials.

KEYS for Healthy Kids- $53,954.00 (Health)

This project will increase exposure of WV children in child care centers to edible gardens and outdoor natural learning environments. KEYS will work with 8 childcare centers to train them in the KEY 2 a Healthy Start program (which is a primary obesity prevention strategy in early care and education) and provide them with edible gardens. They will also be providing 3 centers who are previous graduates of KEY 2 a Healthy Start with natural learning environments that will be open to the community. Funding will support staffing and materials as well as construction of the gardens and natural learning environments.

Regional Family Resource Network- $71,728.00 (Special Initiative)

This project partners with organizations in each of TGKVF’s six counties to meet the basic needs of families with babies. The assistance will be offered through a range of series such as: an intake process at each pantry that will assist families with unmet needs, provision of diapers and formula as needed, the obtainment of an official birth certificate as needed, and each pantry will offer at least one family education component at each visit.

River City Youth Ballet- $39,750 (Special Initiative)

The partners for this collaborative project are the River City Youth Ballet, Appalachian Children’s Chorus, and the West Virginia Youth Symphony.  Funding will assist with the production of “A World of Imagination” at the Clay Center which will showcase all three groups and be open to student audiences from Boone, Clay, Fayette, Lincoln, Kanawha and Putnam counties. River City Youth Ballet and the West Virginia Youth Symphony will also offer classes at the Clendenin Middle School to children in the northern section of Kanawha and Clay counties who would like to take classes in ballet and violin.


Organizations Serving Those Experiencing Homelessness-$50,000 (Special Initiative)

Field of Interest funds designated to help those experiencing homelessness will be split between five organizations that service the homeless within TGKVF area. The organizations that will receive funding are YWCA Sojourners Shelter, Roark Sullivan Lifeway Center, Manna Meal, Daymark and Covenant House. 




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