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Headline:CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Board of Trustees approved 13 grants totaling $168,360 at its Sept. 19 meeting.
The grants are for land use and recreation, the third distribution cycle from the foundation for 2012.
Groups that want to apply for a grant during the 2013 cycles in the areas of arts and education, health and human services, or land use and recreation should visit the foundation's website at www.tgkvf.org.
The mission of the foundation is to improve the quality of life and promote philanthropy in a six-county area: Kanawha, Putnam, Clay, Fayette, Lincoln and Boone. The foundation's vision is to collaborate with and enrich the lives of those it serves -- contributors, beneficiaries and communities -- by being the premier provider of philanthropic and charitable services for all citizens in its region.
The 13 projects receiving awards are:
* "Beyond the Backyard." A Bobby Warner Charitable Youth Foundation-Funding will assist with marketing and recreational equipment in addition to lunch for outdoor workshops for youth and their families. The goal of the outdoor workshops is to teach youth safe ways to recreate outdoors through fishing, archery, shooting, backpacking and hunting as well as to give families the opportunity to spend quality time together. $10,000.
* Capital City Striders. Grant will support scholarships that cover the membership and entry fees for disadvantaged youth to participate in track and field activities. This organization also hosts the Annual Capital City Striders Invitational and State AAU and USATF Championship at Laidley Field. $7,500.
* KEYS 4 Healthy Kids/Youth Being Active. Funding will support scholarships for disadvantaged youth to participate in a variety of sport/recreational activities on the East End and West Side of Charleston. This is a pilot project that will offer a field day in each of these neighborhoods. Field days will expose area youth to different sports/recreational activities and let them choose an activity to engage in for six to eight weeks. $10,000.