Local organizations receive grants totaling $72,000
The Warenton-based PATH Foundation recently awarded nine Make it Happen! grants for projects focused on safety, children’s wellness and family activities.
The latest grants total $72,629. That leaves approximately $150,000 for additional Make it Happen! grants this year.
“We are always excited when new ideas are submitted through the Make it Happen! program, and our latest grants offer fun through ice skating, new methods of learning for students, and support for beginning farmers,” PATH President/CEO Christy Connolly said. “Hopefully others will be inspired to come up with creative ideas that can benefit our community.”
Grants in Fauquier County:
• $24,689 to the county parks and recreation department for a synthetic ice rink installation at the Northern Fauquier Community Park near Marshall. The “iceless” rink is not temperature dependent, and creates winter recreation opportunities for individuals of any ability or age.
• $4,901 to Fauquier Education Farm for a new farmer incubator program, which allocates plots of land and technical support to aspiring farmers for commercial production. The program supports ongoing regional work promoting food security and workforce development while strengthening the local economy.
• $3,750 to Friends of the Rappahannock for the Mobile E-STEM project, which fosters hands-on environmental learning opportunities for students within the classroom setting. Friends of the Rappahannock has a curricula suite that allows teachers to select which lessons best supplement existing plans.
• $3,974 to Mary Walter Elementary School at Morrisville for equipment to complement community engagement within this diverse school population, while promoting goals set by the FRESH program.
• $3,951 to Middleburg Montessori School for Pro Panel Display Boards that supplement schoolwide and community activity, benefitting a range of nonprofits across northern Fauquier County.
• $5,999 to Southeastern Alternative School near Midland for Google Expedition Kits, virtual reality headsets that enable students to “travel” to historically and scientifically significant locations through this experiential learning technology.
• $12,109 to Taylor Middle School in Warrenton for triangular desks that foster collaborative learning spaces for all seventh-grade students.
Grants in Rappahannock County:
• $5,250 to public schools for the Rapp Today, Read Tomorrow program, which encourages early childhood development and promotes kindergarten readiness through literacy outreach to young families across the county. The Rappahannock County Library and Headwaters Foundation collaborate on the program.
• $8,000 to RappU for equipment to expand its healthcare course offerings, including an EKG machine, venipuncture simulators and other supporting supplies that allowed for the launch of Certified Phlebotomy Technician, Certified EKG Technician and Certified Medication Technician course offerings.
Make it Happen! grants 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. It has two categories — one for small projects that can be completed in 90 days with requests of $10,000 or less, and another category 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 that serve Fauquier, Rappahannock and Northern Culpeper counties.