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Washington and Lee Announces November Community Grants

Washington and Lee University’s Community Grants Committee has made 11 grants totaling $26,837 to non-profit organizations in Lexington and Rockbridge County. They are part of the first of its two rounds of grants for 2011-12.

The committee chose the grants from 18 proposals requesting more than $106,000.

W&L awarded grants to these entities:

  • CASA for Children: $1,361 to offset expenses associated with recruiting and training CASA volunteers serving child victims in Lexington and Rockbridge County.
  • Community Financial Freedom: $3,000 to help fund start-up costs in establishing low-cost, short-term credit opportunities, credit education and a savings-match plan for the underserved of Rockbridge County.
  • The Community Table: $1,200 for the purchase of a washer/dryer.
  • Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center: $672 for the purchase of a public-address system.
  • Kling Elementary School: $3,240 for the purchase of 18 wireless Internet routers for classrooms.
  • Natural Bridge/Glasgow Food Pantry, Inc.: $2,500 to assist with food purchases and operational expenses.
  • Rock Bridge Family Services: $1,600 to support quarterly Respite Nights for families dealing with autism-spectrum disorders.
  • Rockbridge Area Free Clinic: $4,000 to provide group medical visits for diabetic patients in low-income households who live in the Rockbridge area and do not have access to care.
  • Rockbridge Area Relief Association: $5,000 to assist with the purchase of fuel oil, kerosene, propane and other heating products for needy families and individuals.
  • Rockbridge Strings Program/FAIR: $2,200 for the purchase of instruments and music.
  • Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center: $2,064 to purchase eight new cribs for the infant program to ensure compliance with the 2012 Consumer Product Safety Commission’s changes for child-care cribs.

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 2011-12 cycle, the Community Grants Committee will award $50,000. Proposals may be submitted at any time, but they are reviewed only semiannually. The submission deadline for the second round of consideration is June 1, 2012. 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.

News Contact:
Jeffery G. Hanna
Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs
(540) 458-8459