The Community Foundation of Greene County (CFGC) recently announced a distribution of fifteen (15) grants totaling more than $25,000 as a part of CFGC’s summer Community grants, E.I.T.C. Educational Improvement Grants and a donor advised fund grant.
Funding for eleven Community Grants was provided through the Foundation’s unrestricted Nancy I. Davis Fund and the Bob Bradford Fund along with several Field of Interest Funds including the Good for Greene Fund, the Fund for Arts & Culture, the Fund for Community and Economic Development, the Harvest Fund, the Kathleen Hamilton Davis & William R. Davis Memorial Fund, the Fund for Children & Youth Services, and the Fund for Health and Human Service and the Cindy’s Wind Fund for Women and Girls.
Three grants were awarded through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (E.I.T.C.) Educational Improvement Fund.
One grant was awarded from the Early Intervention Enrichment Fund, a donor advised fund to support parent and child activities in early intervention programs.
CFGC Board Chairman, Dr. Morris Harper, voiced his excitement regarding this latest distribution: “The Community Foundation of Greene County is honored to be the vehicle to provide these grants that support our local community. These grants are made possible because of people who cared about Greene County established these funds to make grants back to the community, with the ability to meet the changing needs over many, many years.”
The following grants were awarded:
Blueprints – Woodside Manor Greenhouse Project – $1,928.00
Grant funds will be used to construct a small greenhouse at the Woodside Manor community in Carmichaels which will provide the residents with the opportunity to grow their own fresh vegetables. This will in turn improve the well-being and heath of the residents. The grant is with monies from the Harvest Fund and the Good for Greene Fund.
Blueprints – Jefferson Morgan Digital Media Project -$1,500.00
Teaching parents, school agers, and young children the safe and appropriate way to use technology and digital media is vital in today’s society. This grant from the Good for Greene Fund and the Nancy Davis Fund, will help support a partnership of Blueprints, Jefferson-Morgan School District and Trying Together (formerly Pittsburgh Association for the Young Child) to conduct a series of workshops on how to prevent and address cyber bullying in adolescents, teaching safe skills for technology.
Coalition for a Brighter Greene – CASA of Greene County Project – $2,000.00
As an advocate for the best interest of neglected and abused children involved in court proceedings, CASA of Greene County sees the importance of getting children in permanent and safe homes. This grant will facilitate the recruiting, training, and supervising community volunteers who act as court appointed advocates of these children. The project is supported with funds from the Kathleen A. Hamilton Davis and William R. Davis Memorial Fund and the Nancy I. Davis Fund.
Cornerstone Care, Inc. – Smile for Life Oral Health Outreach -$2,000.00
This project will help purchase a Nomad Pro 2 Portable X-Ray Unit to provide dental x-rays to school districts, Head Start programs and community programs in Greene, Washington and Fayette Counties. The project is supported with funds from the Fund for Health and Human Services and the Nancy I. Davis Fund
Flenniken Public Library – Employment Pathways – $2,000.00
Flenniken Public Library seeks to help their patrons find opportunities to job search and get great job training through the library. A series of 6-week courses will be accessible from the updated computers provided through the grant. Support for this grant was provided by the Nancy I. Davis Fund.
Greene County Department of Recreation – 2019 Summer Day Camp -$2,000.00
The Greene County Department of Recreation Day camp program runs for six weeks and provides children in all counties a free and safe place to do activities and have lots of fun. Support from the Nancy I. Davis Fund will enable the 2019 Summer Day camp program to purchase supplies for day camp program.
Greene County Historical Society – Stone to Steel Project-$ 1,500.00
The Stone to Steel Program, scheduled for Saturday, September 22 & Sunday, September 23 10:00 am-5:00 pm at the Greene County Historical Society Museum, will allow visitors to experience Native American Culture first hand through demonstrations and hands on activities. This project is supported through the Good for Greene Fund and the Fund for Community and Economic Development.
Linus Project – Blanketeer Parties Project -$500.00
Providing a security blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need is the primary focus of the Linus Project, with a goal of producing 100 plus security blankets for children in need within Greene County. The project is supported through the Fund for Children Youth and Families and the Nancy I. Davis Fund supported this project.
Nathanael Greene Community Development Corporation – Art Blast on the Mon – $1,000.00
The ability of art to inspire new works of innovation and creativity while bringing individuals together in a common effort is well-known. The Nathanael Greene Community Development Corporation’s Art Blast on the Mon program provides an opportunity for all of these wonderful benefits to take place here in Greene County. Support for this grant is through the Forever Greene Fund.
Waynesburg University – Equipment for Research/ Learning -$1,350.00
As Biology students at Waynesburg University continue to grow in their profession, it is absolutely essential they have the proper equipment to safely evaluate our ecosystem. With support of the Futures Fund and the Nancy I. Davis Fund, Waynesburg University will purchase a GPS unit for students to record sampling paths as part of a full ecological survey along Ten Mile Creek.
Waynesburg University – WU Go Girl Event -$500.00 – Cindy’s Wind Fund for Women and Girls
WU Go Girl is a community-wide mentoring workshop, held in partnership with Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania, to encourage and educate women about the challenges they face both professionally and personally.. This project is funded through a grant from the Cindy’s Wind Fund for Women and Girls.
Early Intervention Enrichment Fund Grant:
STARS Foundation – Early Intervention – $3,000.00
The STARS Foundation was chosen by the donor of the Early Intervention Enrichment Fund to conduct an early learning literacy pilot project to promote and reinforce learning related to literacy and basic life skills for 40 developmentally delayed children ages 0-6 years and their families. The grant will be used to provide books, community outings, snacks and activity supplies.
E.I.T.C. Educational Improvement Grants (for public schools):
Central Greene School District – WCES Fab Lab/Maker Space – $2,000
Waynesburg Central Elementary School is converting their traditional computer room into a smART Room to help students learn how to integrate technology into learning and everyday life. The grant will be used toward the purchase of a 3-D Printer and supplies for the students to combine technology and art.
Jefferson-Morgan School District – Outdoor Learning Center – $2,000
The Jefferson-Morgan Outdoor Learning Center will be used as a portable classroom for various classes from Pre-K through Senior High to engage in outdoors hands on activities through Science, Physical Education, Health, Engineering and Art classes.
Southeastern Greene School District – Artist in Residence Program – $2,000
The Artist-in-Residence program places professional artists in the classroom to to work with students on a daily or weekly visit. Past programs have had students working in mediums such as glass, fabric, metal, clay and ceramics, to create art pieces that are installed in the schools. Approximately 80 students in the middle school will participate in this project during the 2018-2019 school year.
Since 2001, CFGC has been able to award $3 million in grants and scholarships that have helped meet the needs and improve lives of Greene County residents.
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Caption: Representatives of organizations who recently received one of 15 Summer 2018 grants from the Community Foundation of Greene County totaling more than $25,000
Back row from left to right: Matt Blair, Central Greene School District; Lisa Miller, Flenniken Public Library; Joseph Orr, Jefferson-Morgan School District; Jessica Hajek-Bates, Blueprints; Dr. Morris Harper, Chairperson, CFGC Board of Directors; Rich Rinehart, Cornerstone Care; Lucy Corwin, Chairwoman, CFGC Grantmaking Committee.
Front row: Tia Moore, Greene County Parks and Recreation; Pam Blaker, Greene County Parks and Recreation, Genna Steele, Waynesburg University; Donna Simpson, Cornerstone Care; Tracy Pekar, STARS Foundation; Bernice Fox, CASA Greene County/Coalition for a Brighter Greene; Kelley Hardie, Linus Project and Greene County Historical Society.