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Washington and Lee Announces November Community Grants

Washington and Lee University’s Community Grants Committee has made 16 grants totaling $28,160 to non-profit organizations in Lexington and Rockbridge County. They are the first part of its two rounds of grants for 2014-15.

The committee chose the grants from 25 proposals requesting more than $100,000.

W&L awarded grants to the following organizations:

  • American Red Cross, Central Virginia Chapter – Funding to support the Pillowcase Project and Disaster Action Team emergency preparation in Lexington/Buena Vista/Rockbridge County
  • Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center – Take Home Reading Program for students and their families
  • Boxerwood Education Association – Fee subsidies for Generation NEST school programs
  • City of Lexington – Funds to install WiFi in Lexington City Hall and Police Department
  • The Community Table of Rockbridge – Funds to feed the hungry and to strengthen the Community Table’s organization
  • Enderly Heights Elementary School – Funds to allow the school to purchase books to build its library and to improve students’ reading skills
  • Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center – Funding for rider scholarships and for the purchase of riding helmets
  • Lexington Lacrosse – Funds to purchase youth lacrosse equipment specifically for those who would not be able to purchase it otherwise
  • Natural Bridge/Glasgow Food Pantry – Funds to purchase food for the needy and to support basic operational expenses
  • Rockbridge Area Occupational Center – Funds to assist with improving operational security: new hardware for entry doors and an intercom system connecting the two buildings
  • Rockbridge Area Relief Association – Funds to help provide essential utilities and heat for those unable to afford it otherwise
  • RCHS Parent, Teacher, Student Association – Funds to assist the RCHS PTSA sponsor a drug and alcohol-free after-prom party in 2015
  • The Rockbridge Ballet – Funding to help provide need-based scholarships for tuition
  • Rockbridge Regional Library, Youth Literacy – Funds to help replenish the Gift Book collection, to purchase magazine subscriptions and to provide training materials for reading tutors
  • Rockbridge Strings with FAIR – Funding to help purchase instruments for use by students unable to purchase them on their own
  • Valley Program for Aging Services – Funds to help provide comprehensive training and career advancement opportunities for direct-care workers serving homebound elders in the local area

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 2013-14 cycle, the Community Grants Committee awarded $50,000. Proposals may be submitted at any time, but they are reviewed only semiannually. The submission deadline for the second round of evaluations for 2014-15 will be by the end of the work day (4:30 p.m.) on Friday, April 17, 2015. 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 an electronic submission is not possible, materials may be faxed to (540) 458-8745 or mailed to:

Washington and Lee University Community Grants Committee
Attn: James D. Farrar Jr.
Office of the Secretary
204 W. Washington St.
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450-2116.