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Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation grants go for land use, recreation

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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.

* City of Hurricane. Funding will support the Trail Project, a plan to construct a 1/2-mile, 5-foot wide, walking/jogging trail around the city park to benefit area families at no cost to participants. $20,186.

* Coal River Group Inc. Project funding will support the publication of 25,000 copies of the Coal River Water Trail Informational Guide, which promotes tourism and river recreation on the Coal River; project also supports economic development and environmental preservation in Southern West Virginia. $6,400.

* Fayette County Education Fund Inc. Grant will support the New River Birding and Nature Center, which will offer three festivals that promote nature-based public recreation and environmental education; funding will help recruit and compensate accomplished nature guides so that the programs are free for participants. $10,000.

* Hurricane High School. Project will improve the baseball facilities, including step installation and hillside seating for spectators. $17,500.

* Kanawha Garden Club. Funding will assist with major revitalization of Davis Park, a 2-acre green space in downtown Charleston. This includes payment for the cleaning, refurbishing and reinstallation of the park's existing tables and benches. $22,000.

* Lincoln County Family Resource Network. Project collaborates with the Woman's Club of Hamlin and Lincoln Economic Development Authority to upgrade and expand the Children's Annex. These funds will provide a safe play area for young children and children with special needs at Lincoln County's Lion's Field Family Recreational Complex. $17,774.

* Oakhurst Child Development Center. Grant will act as matching funds for a safety upgrade to the fall zone of the playground area; project will ensure a nearly maintenance-free, sustainable play area for the future. $10,000.

* Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail Inc. Project will involve planning and facilitating the construction of recreation areas located within the boundaries of Putnam County, including Hometown, Red House, Winfield and Buffalo. $5,000.

* Southern Appalachian Labor School. Grant will support the historic Oak Hill School's gymnasium renovation, including lighting, HVAC, shower rooms and accessibility. $25,000.

* Town of Buffalo. Funding will support the Recreational Infrastructure Project, which involves the planning and installation of a walk trail and renovation of the town's gazebo. $7,000.


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