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Stealey Community Fund Awards Grants

The Stealey Community Fund has announced its 2017-18 grant awards, which total $353,471 and will support 26 projects in the Middlebourne area.

The fund has made grant awards for more than 20 years, allocating more than $3 million since its inception.  The Stealey Community Fund is administered by The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley with the advice of the Stealey Community Fund Advisory Board.

Ruth Stealey Green, the fund’s benefactor, stipulated projects must benefit the Middlebourne-area community and special consideration be given to programs and projects that will improve the quality of life of the residents of Middlebourne, such as improved library, recreational, municipal and youth services.  Green was a retired school teacher who died at the age of 84 on Feb. 14, 1996 at her home in Middlebourne.  She created the fund in honor of herself and her brother, Philip Stealey, who died in 1993.

This round of grants represents a wide variety of projects that will enhance the community and benefit residents.

The Middlebourne Parks and Recreation Facilities, Inc., will use $152,160 to support facility improvements and programming opportunities.  The Town of Middlebourne is receiving $77,000 for projects related to accessibility, improvements to Main Street, seasonal and holiday festivities.  The Tyler County Board of Education will receive $34,920 for audio/video equipment, the School Day Plus program and instruments for the band program.

Other funded projects include:
Adams House Ministries – $17,737 for continuation of outreach services
ArtsLink – $3,350 to support a performance by the Akropolis Reed Quintet and related workshops
Council of Senior Tyler Countians, Inc. – $11,767 for the purchase of kitchen equipment and building signage
Middlebourne Baptist Church/Middlebourne United Methodist Church – $6,000 for Vacation Bible School
Middlebourne Baptist Church – $1,500 for Family Fun Day
Middlebourne Youth League – $14,800 for upgrades to baseball field
Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council (MOVRC) – $5,000 for the Foster Grandparent Program
Tyler County Public Library – $16,367 to support operation
Tyler County 4H – $10,000 for exterior upgrades to the Assembly Hall
Tyler County 4H Leaders’ Association – $3,500 for camp educational programs

The Stealey Community Fund accepts applications on an annual basis.  To learn more, please visit