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Field of Interest Grants Provide Community Support

As part of its commitment to supporting nonprofits in the Ohio Valley, the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV) has awarded grants totaling $29,100 to 17 organizations.

The grants are made possible through CFOV’s field of interest funds.  These funds were established by donors who had an affinity for an area of focus or location, rather than a specific organization, and entrusted the Foundation to identify beneficiaries.  By design, field of interest funds can provide responsive opportunities which allows Foundation staff to use knowledge of community needs when making grant recommendations.  Honoring the charitable intention and structure of each fund is required.

As the Ohio Valley adapts to the challenges presented by COVID-19, organizations across the Foundation’s eight-county service area continue to rise to the occasion by supporting needs of all types that improve the quality of life for all.  This year’s field of interest grants support a wide range of opportunities including early literacy, cultural awareness, animal care and transportation.

“The very nature of a field of interest fund allows for fluid and flexible grantmaking.  The donors behind these funds have entrusted us with a meaningful tool that exists to support the concepts and causes they cared about most.  It is an honor to recognize just some of the incredible breadth of work happening all over the Ohio Valley through these grants,” shared Susie Nelson, executive director of CFOV.

Funds and grantees are described here:
The Jefferson County Fund is for the benefit of organizations in Jefferson County.  Urban Mission Ministries, located in Steubenville, will receive $403 to support its mission to provide food, shelter and other essential services to Ohio Valley residents with low incomes.

The Joseph & Marilyn Fraker Animal Care Fund is for the benefit of animal protection in Marshall, Ohio and Wetzel counties. The Marshall County Animal Rescue League, Ohio County Animal Shelter and Wetzel County Animal Welfare League will each receive $2,623 for program support.

The Kenneth R. Dennis Fund is for the benefit of Ohio Valley organizations serving children in ways that encourage positive development.  Belmont County Imagination Library, Foster Hope Ohio Valley and St. Clairsville Parks and Recreation will each receive $2,145 for the benefit of programs that serve youth.

The Kathryn B. Snively Fund is for the benefit of Belmont County residents in need.  The Salvation Army of Bellaire will receive $2,025 to support programs and services.

The Marilyn A. Collett Memorial Fund is for the benefit of general charitable purposes in Sistersville.  The Sistersville Ferry, Sistersville Public Library and Tyler County Family Resource Network will receive $1,220 to support programs and services.

The MGC Fund is intended to support the needs of area pre-teen children.  The YWCA – Wheeling will receive $1,530 to support cultural awareness programming and opportunities.

The Margaret Dankworth Memorial Fund supports historic preservation in Belmont County.  The Great Stone Viaduct Historical Educational Society, Inc. will receive $3,140 to support programs and services related to the history of Belmont County.

The Marshall County Area Fund is for the general benefit of the county.  Feeding Body and Soul Community Kitchen and Helping Heroes will each receive $1,000 to support residents of Marshall County.

The Williams Fund is for the benefit of organizations working to fulfill basic human needs of children.  The North Wheeling Community Youth Center will receive $2,038 to carry out this work through its programs and services.

To learn more about CFOV’s grantmaking or opportunities for your charitable giving, call 304-242-3144 or email