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Community Impact Grantees Announced

The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV) announced its Community Impact grant awards for 2017.

This year, 17 organizations have been awarded grants totaling $76,378. The Community Impact Fund continues to enhance Ohio Valley communities and improve the quality of life through assisting local arts programs, supporting youth development, strengthening health/wellness and social support services, supporting economic development programs and educational initiatives in the Foundation’s eight-county service area.

“The Community Impact Fund consistently attracts quality projects seeking funding through a highly competitive process. As is the case with many grant programs, applications exceed what’s available to distribute,” related Susie Nelson, executive director of CFOV.

“Community Impact grantee organizations are striving to improve the communities they serve. An important part of our mission is honored through the projects supported by this program.”

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Organization Project Amount
Belmont County Student Services Taking on the Challenge – alcohol literacy curriculum $3,363


Brooke County Library Foundation Job Readiness Training Program $5,000
Catholic Charities West Virginia Crisis Prevention Institute Training $1,617
Gabriel Project of West Virginia Helping Hands and Hearts in Hancock County $4,500
Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council Girl Scout Summer Day Program in Marshall County $500
Marshall County Animal Shelter Expansion of spay/neuter program $7,400
Marshall County Schools Support for Drug-Free Club $2,500
Martins Ferry High School College Road Trip 2017 $5,270
New Day Christian Center Dream Big After-School Music Program $2,400
Ohio County 4-H Leaders Association Expansion of 4-H Robotics Program $5,000
The Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center “Social Networking: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” School Assembly $4,000
The Salvation Army – Wheeling Support for School of Performing Arts $5,000
Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center, Inc. “Love and Logic” Parenting Skills Course $2,328
West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation Soldiers & Sailors Monument Move and Restoration $5,000
Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation Blue Church Roof Repair and Replacement $10,000
Youth Services System, Inc. Serving Youth: 54 Indiana Street Project $10,000
YWCA – Steubenville The Lift-Off Project – Job Search and Life Skills Training $2,500

Letters of Intent from organizations seeking Community Impact Fund support are accepted each Fall. To learn more, please call CFOV at 304-242-3144 or visit and click on the grants tab.