The Warrenton-based PATH Foundation recently awarded six Make it Happen! grants for projects in Fauquier, Culpeper and Rappahannock counties.
The total of $44,047 awarded leaves $115,000 available for that type of grant in the foundation’s fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
“We have so many interesting projects in this latest group of Make it Happen! Grants, from Books on the Bus to nature programs and civic initiatives,” PATH President Christy Connolly said. “w\We’re very inspired by their creativity. With funds still available, we’re hopeful to continue to receive more great ideas.”
The latest grants:
• $20,072 to Bull Run Mountain Conservancy in partnership with Virginia's Natural Heritage Program to conduct a “citizen science” dragonfly and damselfly survey over the summer with youth campers and BRMC members.
• $3,000 to Cedar Lee Middle School for its “Making Kindness Cool initiative, in which student government representatives perform a random act of kindness for every student before the end of the school year. The initiative culminates with a kindness wall, where students and teachers can leave messages and quotes that inspire kindness.
• $13,025 to Fauquier County Public Schools Virginia Preschool Initiative for BOB’s Summer Adventure, an outreach program designed to engage the community in activities that will support the overall well-being and success of children. Books on the Bus (BOB) will bring weekly movement, music and literacy activities to locations within walking distance of high poverty areas in Fauquier County.
• $3,350 to Culpeper County for a school program promoting voter education and turnout. Students will have the opportunity to create a new “I Voted” sticker, as well as a “Future Voter” sticker for children accompanying family to the polls.
• $2,500 to Special Love for transportation to the Camp Fantastic Farm Day, where 200 pediatric oncology patients and counselors visit Southwind Farm in Culpeper for farm activities and fellowship.
• $3,000 to Rappahannock Nature Camp for its two-week teen summer camp and adult outing program in partnership with Rapp at Home. Rappahannock Nature Camp focuses on nature-based learning through broader, intergenerational community connections.
The Make it Happen grant program is designed to engage the community to develop new, innovative programs. It has a rolling deadline, with $250,000 available annually. The program offers grants in two categories — one for small and rapid projects that can be completed within 90 days with $10,000 or less and one for mid-size projects that can be completed in 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 service Fauquier, Rappahannock and Northern Culpeper counties.