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August 14, 2017

$60,700 in Kortlandt grants go to 14 local organizations

The late Nic and Patty Kortlandt established the fund to help those in need.
Fourteen organizations recently received grants totaling $60,700 from the Patricia and Nicolaas Kortlandt Community Fund at Northern Piedmont Community Foundation.

Established in 2013, the Kortlandt fund honors two Fauquier residents who spent more than 50 years giving back to the community they called home. Mr. and Mrs. Kortlandt bought Sunnyside Farm at Rectortown in 1954. Mr. Kortlandt sold the farm in 2003, four years after his wife’s death. He died at age 87 in January 2011.

“The nonprofits selected for funding encompass a wide range of missions, yet aspire to achieve a single goal: provide quality services to those in need,” NPCF Executive Director Jane Bowling-Wilson said.

Two organizations received funding for the first time. Generation Fresh Foundation got $5,000 to continue providing vouchers through their “Farm Fresh Festival + Fresh Bucks” project. That initiative allows children to purchase fresh produce and food at the Warrenton Farmer’s Market, encouraging engagement with local farmers and understanding the importance of making healthy food choices.

Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center also received $5,000 for its “Fauquier Youth Training” program. It incorporates equine assisted therapy with an on-the-job training for young adults with intellectual or developmental challenges. While in the program, students will learn about horse farm management, grooming, basic veterinary care and other skills necessary to work with animals. The program seeks to transition students to internships or future careers in working with animals.

Another nonprofit, the Friends of the Fauquier Library received $5,500 to help set up Early Literacy Stations that will assist young learners build literacy skills with activities that span seven curricular areas, available in English and Spanish. These learning stations help prepare young learners for school and improve readiness in multiple subject areas.

The 2017 Kortlandt grant recipients are:

• Bluemont Concert Series: $2,500
• Fauquier FISH: $10,000
• Fauquier Free Clinic: $4,200
• Fauquier SPCA, Inc.: $3,000
• Friends of the Fauquier Library: $5,500
• Generation Fresh Foundation: $5,000
• Hospice Support of Fauquier County: $5,000
• Kid Pan Alley: $2,500
• Leadership Fauquier: $1,000
• Northern Virginia 4H Center: $5,000
• People Helping People of Fauquier: $5,000
• Piedmont Environmental Council: $2,000
• Piedmont Symphony Orchestra: $5,000
• Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center: $5,000

Established in 2000 as a public charity, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation serves Fauquier, Culpeper, Madison and Rappahannock counties. It strives to build philanthropic capital to enhance and preserve the area’s quality of life and to strengthen the region’s nonprofit organizations.

For more information, call Ms. Bowling-Wilson at 540-349-0631.
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