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Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation announces grants for arts, education

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- More than $694,024 for arts, culture and education projects was granted Wednesday by the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Board of Trustees.

A news release from the Foundation said it has started this year using a "Community Wealth Creation" framework to evaluate the impact of its grant making. 

"The focus on the seven forms of community wealth is believed to be critical to family and community well being.  Each can be targeted and measured as an outcome of success.  The seven forms of community wealth are: intellectual, individual, social, natural, built, political and financial," the news release said.

According to the Foundation, each grant will create multiple forms of wealth. Organizations will report the success of their wealth creation in their final reports to the Foundation.

The Arts, Culture, and Education Cycle is the first grant cycle for this year. Groups that want to apply for a grant in the areas of health and human services or land use and recreation should visit the foundation's website at www.tgkvf.org.

The foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life and promote philanthropy in Kanawha, Putnam, Clay, Fayette, Lincoln, and Boone counties. 

The recipients of the 41 grants are:

* Appalachian Children's Chorus:  To support the tuition program for students who experience financial difficulty, $3,600.

* Appalachian Community Partners: For The After School Accent Education project, which serves rural, at-risk students in the Upper Kanawha Valley and western Fayette County, $15,000.

* Appalachian Reading Center Inc.: For partial scholarships and technology support tools for dyslexic students and their families, $16,500.

* Arts Council of Kanawha Valley: For The Market, a registry for artists and venues, monthly professional business building workshops, and Square Meal, an artist crowd funding project, $30,000.

* Arts in Action: For education and performance opportunities in Hurricane, Charleston's West Side, and St. Albans through student, classroom and performance supplies, $25,000.

* Big Brothers & Big Sisters: To recruit adult mentors to serve at-risk youth through endeavors like the Ambassador Program, the Speakers' Bureau and year-round marketing, $5,000.

* The Bob Burdette Center Inc.: For an after school program to meet the educational, physical, emotional and social needs of at-risk students on Charleston's West Side, $18,000.

* Boone County 4-H Leaders' Association: To support education of elementary and secondary students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through LEGO Robotics programming, $8,171.

* Boone Madison Public Library: To support Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a program that provides age-appropriate books to children up to age 5, $12,500.

* Bridgemont Community and Technical College Foundation Inc.:  For a 15-week, community-based Distance Earning Program in northern Fayette County in business incubation and telework training, enabling participants to be placed in work-from-home jobs, $15,975.

* Charleston Ballet Inc.: To assist Charleston Ballet with guest artist performance fees, $5,000.

* Charleston Civic Chorus: For its free spring and winter concerts, $2,000.

* Charleston Community and Family Development Corp.: To extend the hours of its Learning Day Program that provides a safe haven, homework assistance, tutoring and enrichment activities to youth, $25,000.

* Charleston East End Main Street Inc.: To help showcase locally owned businesses, public art and community development initiatives and to provide a more efficient and eco-friendly way for tourists, business owners and residents to experience the historic East End, $15,000.

* City of Charleston: To support an arts development fund to rehabilitate Charleston's public art and to seed new public art installations, $20,000. 

* Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences: For renovations to the Gizmo Factor science gallery and the addition of a new creativity lab, $30,000.

* Clay County 21st Century Community Learning Centers: to help in the purchase of mini iPads for students' use, $10,000.

* Clay County 4-H Leaders' Association: To support the 4-H camp, which offers educational classes and assemblies, teamwork and friendship opportunities to children in Clay County, $3,575.

* Clay County Board of Education: For the iREAD program, which allows adults to earn a high school diploma online, $3,000.

* Clay County Middle School: Help with buying Quizmaster sets, enabling students to participate in the regional and state Math Field Day competitions. $2,000.

* CN Newspapers in Education Company: To assist in the publication and distribution of a career guide that helps students discover their skills and interests, and aids them in determining a   career path, $2,000. 

* Coda Mountain Academy of Music: For scholarships for children with financial difficulty to participate in music education opportunities, $11,940.

* College Summit: For the expansion of operations in Fayette County to all grade levels in all high schools. $60,000.

* East End Family Resource Center Inc.: To support Music Mentors, which gives individual and group music lessons to at-risk children, $7,600.

* Education Alliance: To assist with WV eMentoring, which connects high school students to mentors based on career interests, $40,000.

* Festiv-ALL, Charleston, WV Inc.: For support of FestivALL Charleston 2013, $50,000.

* Friends of WV Public Broadcasting: For "Mountain Stage," $10,000.

* Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam counties: For The Homeowner Education and Community Center, which partners families and community members and furthers Habitat's goal of eliminating substandard housing, $46,922.

* Kanawha Institute for Social Research and Action: For the Harambee Learning Center, which provides a year-round, safe and drug-free haven for at least 100 children who attend Kanawha County Schools, $52,664. 

* Kanawha Players Inc.: Assist in funding a youth theater program "From the Page to the Stage" three times a year, $13,000.

* PRO-Kids Inc.: For the after-school tutoring and enrichment program for at-risk children in Charleston, $22,920.

* Read Aloud WV of Kanawha County: For book distribution, specifically high-interest reading material and works that motivate children to read, $3,500.

* Read Aloud Clay County: Support for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which provides children from birth to age 5 with one free book a month and up to 60 free books, $4,657. 

* River City Youth Ballet Ensemble: Support two productions: "The Snow Queen" with outreach to Clendenin and tentatively "Art in Motion," $10,000. 

* River Valley Child Development Services:  For T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood West Virginia, which aims to increase teacher education and wages and to reduce turnover rates in the early childhood workforce, $10,000.

* Southern Appalachian Labor School: For Energy Express, a summer reading improvement program for children in Fayette County, $10,000. 

* West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Inc.: For the Traveling Museum and Band Wagon, which are projects that visit elementary schools, $8,000.

* West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Inc: For three Young People's Concerts and four touring concerts for the general public, $40,000.

* West Virginia Women Work!: To Step-Up for Women, an 11-week skilled trades training class for adult women followed by a job search and placement period, $18,000.

* West Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra: For instruction for sectional and chamber ensembles with professional musicians/coaches, $3,500.

* womanSong: For the free concerts "Diva Moment" and "The Many Moods of Christmas," $4,000.


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