The Warrenton-based PATH Foundation has announced the award of $757,586 in “program and planning” grants to 17 local organizations.
Those grants fund new or existing projects that address PATH’s four priority areas: access to health, childhood wellness, senior services and mental health.
“Each year, Program and Planning Grant recipients create inspiring projects,” foundation President/CEO Christy Connolly said. “We’re looking forward to seeing this year’s recipients enact their programs and know that they will continue to strengthen our area’s health and vitality.”
The grants also create opportunities to collaborate across the community, Ms. Connolly said.
The grant recipients:
• Fauquier Education Farm, $30,150 to support its demonstration gardens and educational programs.
• Fauquier FISH, $98,943 for the Weekend Power Pack program, which provides backpacks of meals to children at risk of hunger, and the Power of Produce program, which promotes farmer’s markets and the purchase of locally grown food.
• Fauquier Enterprise Center, $18,350 to provide two after-school programs and a summer program, which will teach entrepreneurial skills to high school students.
• The Clifton Institute, $39,226 to support half-day field trips and nature hikes for local schools, homeschooling groups and other organizations.
• Friends of the Rappahannock, $45,075 to develop a strategic plan for the upper Rappahannock River Water Trail, including a website, map, river health indices and outreach material, river safety outreach materials, paddle tours, and other aspects of trail management.
• Kid Pan Alley, $16,000 to support “One Little Song Can Change the World,” a project that focuses on the art of songwriting and its potential as a catalyst for change.
• Experience Old Town Warrenton, $32,000 to support community vitality in Old Town through promoting comfort, accessibility, health and economic support.
• Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier, $67,650 for the Emotional Resiliency program, which consists of weekly peer groups that address a variety of mental wellness challenges and enhances social-emotional learning and emotional regulation.
• Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center, $75,000 to fund an early intervention conflict resolution program for non-court involved residents of northern Culpeper, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties through mediation and restorative justice education and services.
• Verdun Adventure Bound Inc., $28,823 for the Adventures in Learning Wellness Program, which uses experiential learning to communicate and implement the Botvin LifeSkills curriculum to students at C.M. Bradley and Margaret M. Pierce elementary schools.
• Artists in Middleburg, $13,710 to supplement and enrich the art program at Claude Thompson Elementary with guest art teachers, additional supplies and field trips to museums and other cultural institutions.
• Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program, $13,000 to support its equine-assisted, hands-on learning program. The program will serve 80 Fauquier County students, helping them to develop skills that will facilitate their long-term personal wellness and leadership abilities.
• Child Care & Learning Center, $50,000.00 to support child well-being outcomes for children in pre-school and after-school programs at CCLC and countywide, through teacher training and additional family supports.
• Rappahannock Pantry Inc., $42,940.00 to build a new safe facility in Washington, Va.
• Fauquier Free Clinic, $64,000 to support the use of dental hygienists in a continuation of its oral health care program.
• Fauquier Habitat for Humanity, $82,718 to support their initiatives to improve the quality of life in the Haiti Street/Eva Walker Park neighborhood of Warrenton.
• Rapp@Home, $40,000 to support their rural senior village serving Rappahannock County. The village aims to facilitate aging in place, allowing residents to lead more connected and comfortable lives.