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Stealey Community Fund Grants Support Middlebourne Community

The Stealey Community Fund has announced its 2018-19 grant awards, which total $330,843 and will support 21 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 $87,100 to support facility improvements and programming opportunities.  The Tyler County Board of Education will receive grants totaling $37,856 for band uniforms, the School Day Plus program and farm to school pop-up farmers’ markets.

Other funded projects include:
Adams House Ministries – $19,450 for continuation of outreach services
ArtsLink – $1,500 to support a performance by Danika and The Jeb
Council of Senior Tyler Countians, Inc. – $77,900 for restoration of the building’s main roof
Middlebourne Baptist Church – $1,500 for Family Fun Day and $5,500 for Community Vacation Bible School
Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council (MOVRC) – $5,000 for the Foster Grandparent Program
Shirley Volunteer Fire Department – $3,538 for a thermal camera kit
Tyler County Emergency Squad, Unit 1 Middlebourne – $23,298 for ambulance equipment and training materials
Town of Middlebourne – $39,900 for repairs to municipal building
Tyler County Family Resource Network – $2,500 for “Jump with Jill” music-based nutrition program
Tyler County Public Library – $14,801 to support operation
Tyler County 4H – $7,500 for upgrades to the Assembly Hall roof
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