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January 26, 2018

Four groups receive PATH grants totaling $19,000

Four programs awarded Make it Happen grants from the PATH Foundation
The Warrenton-based PATH Foundation recent awarded four “Make it Happen” grants to projects focused on safety, children’s wellness and family activities.

The grants total almost $19,000, leaving the Make it Happen program with $231,000 in available funds for the year.

The latest grants:
• $2,250 to Girls on the Run Piedmont, for a volunteer-led running program that builds social, emotional and physical skills for girls from the Boys & Girls Club at Cedar Lee Middle School. This effort will Girls on the Run serve families that use the extended aftercare options that the Boys & Girls Club provides. 
• $4,146.48 to P. B. Smith Elementary School near Warrenton for “Mindfulness in the Classroom” programming that promotes mental health wellness and improved academic outcomes. Teachers will work toward creating calming classroom environments to help students excel as lifelong learners.
• $9,149.95 to the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office for the Project Lifesaver program. The tracking system locates individuals prone to wandering, such as those with autism, dementia or other cognitive disorders.
• $3,439.36 to Warrenton Youth Sports Club for its “Ping Pong with a Parent” program the fosters multigenerational team building. WYSC will offer weekly club sessions, as well as special tournaments for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
“We love to see new ideas come in through the Make it Happen grants . . . as a great way to quickly get a program up and running,” PATH President/CEO Christy Connolly said. “Congratulations to these organizations for finding interesting ways to make our communities brighter.”
PATH’s Make it Happen grants seek to engage the community to develop new, innovative programs in Fauquier, Rappahannock and northern Culpeper counties. The program has a rolling deadline with $250,000 available annually.

Two categories are offered:

• One for small and rapid projects that can be completed within 90 days with requests of $10,000 or less.

• One for mid-size projects that can be completed within six months with requests of $25,000 or less. Eligible applicants include 501(c)3 nonprofits, government entities and religious organizations for non-religious purposes in the three-county region.
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