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Smith-Goshen Rice Enrichment Fund Awards Grants

The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV) and its affiliate, the Smith-Goshen Rice Enrichment Fund, recently announced grant awards totaling $50,500 to organizations supporting projects in Belmont County.

The funding cycle also celebrates a grant totaling $25,000 made in support of the Richard L. Doan Emergency Department at Barnesville Hospital.

The Smith-Goshen Rice Enrichment Fund was created in 2013 by a group of landowners and Rice Energy in Belmont County, Ohio to give back to the community.  The fund awards annual grants addressing a variety of community needs through a competitive application process.

“The Smith-Goshen Rice Enrichment Fund has made tremendous strides towards philanthropy in Belmont County.  We encourage others to learn more about how they can become involved in the giving process by contacting a committee member or CFOV directly,” shared Susie Nelson, executive director of CFOV.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Organization Project Amount
5 Loaves Food Ministry Program Support $1,500
Barton Volunteer Fire Department Extrication Equipment Fund $5,000
Belmont County General Health District Belmont County WIC Child Literacy and Retention $2,500
Belmont Fire Department Turtle Cribbing $1,800
Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department Protective Safety Clothing $2,500
Bridgeport Volunteer Fire and Emergency Department Bridgeport Safety Project $2,000
Challenger Learning Center Emergency Response Training Distance Learning Experience $2,500
Cumberland Trail Fire District #4 Vests for Firefighters $1,200
Faith in Action Caregivers Volunteer Match Program $1,500
Gabriel Project of West Virginia Safe Nests for Belmont Babies $2,000
Glencoe Economic Development Committee Glencoe Community Center After School Program $3,000
National Trail #348 of Questers, Inc. Tin Ceiling Replacement – Great Western School $2,000
Oglebay Institute REACH Environmental Education Program $3,000
St. Clairsville City Schools Technology Makes Learning Real $5,000
Sunset Heights Volunteer Fire Department Belmont County Foam Trailer $5,000
Tri-County Help Center, Inc. Peg’s House Shelter Procedure Update and Repairs $5,000

To learn more about the Smith-Goshen Rice Enrichment Fund, please call CFOV at 304-242-3144 or visit and click on the grants tab.