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Community Foundation Awards Grants

Wheeling, WV – The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley announced its Community Impact grant awards for 2015. The Foundation awarded a total of $66,549 through the Community Impact Grants Program to organizations within the Foundation’s eight county region of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Tyler, and Wetzel Counties in West Virginia and Jefferson and Belmont Counties in Ohio. Grants awarded through the Community Impact Grant Program are provided through various unrestricted, field of interest, and donor advised funds at the Foundation.

“These grants awarded through a competitive process reflect the priorities of the donors who made them possible,” said Susie Nelson, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Their generosity makes it possible to provide funds for a wide variety of needs in the community. We’re thankful that they trust us to identify critical needs and to select the most qualified programs through the grants process.”

2015 Grants:

  • Augusta Levy Learning Center – $4,423 for sensory room equipment
  • Belco Works – $1,830 for job development
  • Blue & Gold Christian Center – $3,652 for the purchase of two gas ranges to continue preparing meals for children attending free after school care
  • Change, Inc. – $5,000 to expand the medical care expansion
  • City of Steubenville – $750 for an edible schoolyard project at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center
  • City of Wheeling/Arts Commission – $3,000 for free art classes during the annual Arts Festival
  • Crittenton Foundation – $6,000 for staff training in the Teen Matrix Substance Abuse Treatment curriculum
  • Gabriel Project – $7,273 towards Project Safe Nest in the Northern Panhandle
  • House of the Carpenter – $1,500 for the Relatives as Parents Program
  • Junior League of Wheeling, Inc. – $7,501 towards the revitalization of The Janie S. Altmeyer Playground at Heritage Port
  • Labelle Neighbors Who Care, Inc. – $3,700 for an at-risk youth college tour program
  • Marshall County Girl Scouts – $500 towards the summer day camp program
  • Marshall County Family Resource Network – $2,500 towards the Carolyn Dalzell Closet of Hope
  • Oglebay Institute – $3,040 for a Dance Movement for Fitness Program for residents of Crittenton Services, Inc.
  • Clairsville Public Library – $1,380 towards expenses for Job Seekers Program Series
  • West Liberty University Foundation / College of Education – $3,500 for project costs of The Center for Autism Support and Research
  • Wheeling Jesuit University Department of Physical Therapy – $5,000 for new equipment in the Pro-Bono Care Clinic of the Department of Physical Therapy at Wheeling Jesuit University
  • Youth Services System – $6,000 for High-Risk Pregnancy Referral Services


Since 1972, the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley has connected donors who care with causes that matter by making grants to organizations working to improve the quality of life in the Upper Ohio Valley. With assets of more than $35 million, the Foundation assisted in distributing more than $2.2 million in grants and scholarships during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. From strengthening community schools to assisting local arts programs, from building health centers to assisting victims of violence or natural disasters, the Community Foundation continues to enhance our region. To learn more, please visit the Foundation online at