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Washington and Lee Announces March Community Grants Washington and Lee University's Community Grants Committee has made 13 grants totaling almost $35,000 to non-profit organizations in Lexington and Rockbridge County.

Washington and Lee University’s Community Grants Committee has made 13 grants totaling almost $35,000 to non-profit organizations in Lexington and Rockbridge County. They are the second part of its two rounds of grants for 2021-2022.

The committee chose the grants from 20 proposals requesting more than $122,000. W&L awarded grants to the following organizations:

  • Blue Ridge CASA for Children – Training of new volunteer advocates,
  • Bridge to Hope Food Pantry – Procurement, storage and distribution of food,
  • Buena Vista City Public Schools – Funding to assist with the Backpack Program,
  • The Community Table of Buena Vista, Inc. – Funding to go towards the purchase of food,
  • Greater Rockbridge County Skateboarder Coalition – Half-pipe construction and installation,
  • Lime Kiln Theater – Equipment upgrades at the theater,
  • Rockbridge Area Relief Association – Funds to prevent utility cut-offs for households that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic,
  • Rockbridge Area Transportation System – Purchase of a new or used patient transport vehicle equipped to handle a stretcher,
  • Rockbridge County Girls’ Soccer Booster Club – Additional training gear,
  • Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office – Purchase of an LED Work Light,
  • Rockbridge Christmas Baskets, Inc. – Funds to go towards hams and socks to be included in baskets,
  • United Way of Rockbridge, Lexington, & Buena Vista – Hosting the Jump on Board event, and
  • Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center – Structural improvements for two classrooms.

Established in 2008, W&L’s Community Grants Committee evaluates requests for financial donations and support from Lexington and Rockbridge County. While the university has long provided financial and other assistance to worthwhile projects and organizations in the community on a case-by-case basis, the Community Grants Program formalizes W&L’s role in supporting regional organizations and activities through accessible grant-making. During its 2021-22 cycle, the committee has awarded $60,000.

Proposals may be submitted at any time, but they are reviewed semiannually, at the end of the calendar year and the end of the fiscal year. The submission deadline for the two rounds of evaluations for 2022-23 will be in the late fall and early spring. Interested parties may download the proposal guidelines at http://go.wlu.edu/communitygrants.

Proposals should be submitted as electronic attachments (Word or PDF) via e-mail to kbrinkley@wlu.edu. Please call (540) 458-8417 with questions. If electronic submission is not possible, materials may be faxed to (540) 458-8745 or mailed to Washington and Lee University Community Grants Committee, Attn: Jessica L. Willett, Office of the Secretary, 204 W. Washington St., Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450.