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Community Impact Grants Awarded

The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV) announced its Community Impact grant awards for 2022.

15 organizations have been awarded grants totaling $115,340.  The Community Impact grant program represents CFOV’s most diverse funding opportunity as it reaches all corners of the Foundation’s eight-county service area and aims to support projects addressing needs that will improve the quality of life in the Ohio Valley.

This year, special interest was given to projects addressing aspects of health and wellness, youth mentoring and recreation.

“The 2022 Community Impact Fund grants support projects that promote the building blocks of healthy and strong communities.  The organizations recognized here are providing critically important services and opportunities across the Ohio Valley,” shared Susie Nelson, executive director of CFOV.

The Community Impact Fund is comprised of several unrestricted funds of the Community Foundation.  These funds were left to the Foundation by donors who entrusted the organization with an accessible and responsive resource to meet the changing needs of our communities.  These partners in philanthropy include members of the Barnes, Boutaugh, Kelvington, Naylor, Schlobohm, Strauss and Weimer families.

“The donors who made these funds possible felt strongly about leaving a legacy through philanthropy and we remain grateful for their generosity and foresight,” Nelson said.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Organization Project Awarded
City of New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Life skills program for teens and young adults $3,340.00
Community Resources, Inc. Food security with an emphasis on quality, healthy options $5,000.00
Family and Community Services, Inc. Funding for a youth mentoring program in Jefferson County $10,000.00
Grand Vue Park Summer leadership camp for middle/high school students $12,000.00
Laughlin Community Center Energy Express program to strengthen literacy skills $10,000.00
Moundsville Middle School Support for mental health and emotional stress during school hours $2,000.00
NAMI Greater Wheeling, Inc Provide virtual conference for local mental health providers $5,500.00
Ohio Valley Recovery, Inc. The Unity Center Operating support $15,000.00
Ohio Valley Youth Network Youth leadership, mentoring and recreation program. $5,000.00
St. Clairsville Area Soccer Association Permanently light all the soccer fields $10,000.00
Weirton Christian Center Life skills, leadership and work experiences for middle school students $7,500.00
Wheeling Health Right, Inc. Funding for new position at WHR, Director of Community Health Education $5,000.00
Wheeling Symphony Support for additional youth orchestra instruction $5,000.00
Wheeling YMCA Summer camp program $5,000.00
Youth Services System, Inc. Support for youth mentoring program $15,000.00

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