CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Board of Trustees approved distributing $200,758 for 12 grants that relate to public recreation and land use at its meeting Thursday.
This year, the Foundation began using a Community Wealth Creation framework to evaluate the impact of the grants it gives. The focus on the seven forms of community wealth is believed to be critical to family and community well-being. The seven forms of community wealth are: intellectual, individual, social, natural, built, political and financial.
Each of these grants will create multiple forms of wealth. Individual, social and intellectual capitals are the most prominent.
The 12 projects receiving funding are:
• Boone County Community and Economic Development: Funding will support construction of a community amphitheater, which will provide a venue for artistic performance and offer cultural opportunities. $25,000.
• CADCO Foundation Inc.: Funding will support construction of "Welcome to Charleston" gateway signs to greet visitors, business leaders and future community investors. $15,000.
• CAMC Health Education and Research Institute: Project funding will support "Natural Learning Environments to Grow KEYS 4 Healthy Kids"; project will include access to healthy foods (edible gardens) and physical activity in four day cares. $20,000.
• Clendenin Elementary School: Funding will support the construction of new playground equipment for Clendenin Elementary and the surrounding community. $18,000.
• Coal Heritage Highway Authority: Project funding will support the first phase of restoration and adaptive reuse of a historic structure; the facility will also serve as a place to keep archival documents as well as provide a cultural atmosphere for community gathering. $33,000.