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Belmont County Enrichment Fund Awards Grants

The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV) and its affiliate, GIVE Belmont County, recently announced grant awards totaling $50,460 to organizations supporting projects in Belmont County.

The affiliate’s grantmaking program, the Belmont County Enrichment Fund, includes a competitive grant opportunity for organizations in and serving Belmont County.

The group, once known as the Smith-Goshen Rice Enrichment Fund, was created in 2013 by a group of Belmont County  landowners and the former Rice Energy who shared a desire to give back to the community.  While the name of the group has changed, the interest in improving the quality of life in Belmont County remains the same.  An exciting milestone will soon be on the horizon as GIVE Belmont County is approaching $500,000 in grantmaking since inception.

“The projects being funded through our affiliate, GIVE Belmont County, will provide needed and meaningful support for a variety of organizations and communities.  We are fortunate to support the advisory committee in their dedicated efforts to make a difference and provide new opportunities through philanthropy,” shared Susie Nelson, executive director of CFOV.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Organization Project Awarded
Bethesda Park District Basketball Hoop Replacement $5,000.00
Bethesda Vol. Fire Department Stryker power cot loading system $10,000.00
CFOV / Belmont County Imagination Library Belmont County Imagination Library $5,000.00
Faith in Action Caregivers Faith in Action Volunteer Match program $3,000.00
First Christian Church 5 LOAVES FOOD MINISTRY $2,000.00
St Clairsville City Schools iPads for Preschool $3,500.00
St. Clairsville Area Soccer Association Light Up Capstone Soccer Complex $10,000.00
The Underground Railroad Museum, Inc. Eyes for UGRRM $1,960.00
Tri-County Help Center, Inc. Peg’s House Improvements $5,000.00
Young Life Young Life Belmont County Healthy Peer Group Initiative $5,000.00

To learn more about GIVE Belmont County and grants available through the Belmont County Enrichment Fund, please call CFOV at 304-242-3144 or visit and click on the Grants tab.