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Stealey Community Fund Benefits Middlebourne and Tyler County

The Stealey Community Fund has announced its 2019-20 grant awards, which total $317,028.35 and will support 16 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 February 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 $85,600 to support departmental operations and programming opportunities.  The Tyler County Board of Education will receive grants totaling $10,589 for a band instrument and the School Day Plus program.

Other funded projects include:
Adams House Ministries – $20,968 for continuation of outreach services
ArtsLink – $7,307 to support performances by the Sultans of String and Ball in the House
Council of Senior Tyler Countians, Inc. – $76,071.35 for building repairs and fitness equipment
Middlebourne Baptist Church – $5,500 for Community Vacation Bible School
Middlebourne-Tyler County VFD – $18,450 for firefighting equipment
Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council (MOVRC) – $5,000 for the Foster Grandparent Program
Tyler County Emergency Squad, Unit 1 Middlebourne – $30,631 for squad equipment
Town of Middlebourne – $37,450 for repairs to municipal building
Tyler County Public Library – $16,232 to support operating expenses
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