Funded by the PATH Foundation, the Community Assistance Grant Program addresses “projects that are immediate in nature and alleviate hardship.” Most awards have an emphasis on health and human services.
Twenty-six organizations applied for grants.
The largest, for $25,000, went to the Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic. The clinic subsidizes dental care for low-income, uninsured children in Culpeper County.
People Helping People, received $20,000 to provide assistance to Fauquier residents who are unable to pay utility bills or cover rent.
“During the first quarter of 2018, we assisted 114 individuals which almost depleted our cash availability,” said Elfie Schmid, president of People Helping People. The organization “is very grateful for this generous grant, as it will enable us to continue our mission as budgeted."
Fauquier FISH in Warrenton received $20,000 to fund their relocation project, which will enable them to move to a larger facility.
A larger facility will allow them to offer additional opportunities to clients such as nutritional classes or cooking demonstrations.
The award will serve as a way to subsidize the cost of preschool for financially disadvantaged children residing in Community Touch’s shelter or in the community.
“Northern Piedmont Community Foundation is delighted to assist our nonprofit organizations as they pursue their mission of making Fauquier County even more vibrant,” said Jane Bowling-Wilson, the Foundation’s Executive Director.
“We are fortunate for the PATH Foundation’s partnership to make Community Assistance Grant awards possible,” Ms. Bowling-Wilson added. “Together, we’ve all made a lasting difference in the lives of individuals and families in the region.”
The grants went to:
• American Red Cross, $5,000
• Belle Meade Montessori School, $3,000
• Bull Run Mountains Conservancy, $5,000
• CASA Children Intervention Services Inc., $10,000
• Community Touch Inc., $10,000
• The Culpeper Christian Community Center, $5,000
• Fauquier CADRE, $7,630
• Fauquier Family Shelter Services, $15,000
• Fauquier FISH, $20,000
• Free Clinic of Culpeper, $22,250
• Girls on the Run Piedmont, $5,000
• Headwaters, Rappahannock County Public Education Foundation, $5,000
• Hospice Support of Fauquier County, $8,000
• Mental Health Association of Fauquier County, $15,000
• People Helping People of Fauquier County, $20,000
• People Inc., $1,500
• Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic, $25,000
• Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, $5,000
• PWH Foundation, $10,000
• Rappahannock County Public Schools, $15,000
• Scrabble School Preservation Foundation, $10,000
• St. Vincent de Paul Society, $10,000
• The Salvation Army, $13,320
• Washington Vol. Fir and Rescue, $4,300
Last year the foundation granted $173,000 to 17 regional nonprofits.
Established in 2000, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation works to build philanthropic capital to enhance and preserve the quality of life in the region and to strengthen its nonprofit organizations.