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Stealey Community Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Stealey Community Fund will open the application process for the 2017-18 grant year on March 6.

The fund has been making grant awards in the Middlebourne area for the past 20 years, allocating more than $2 million since its inception.  The Stealey Community Fund is administered by The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley Inc., with the advice of the Stealey Community Fund Advisory Board.

Grant applications are available online at  Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. on April 13, 2017 at the law office of Frederick M. Dean Rohrig, 504 Cherry Street, Middlebourne.  The office is located on the 2nd floor of the Senior Citizens building.

Funds will be available to grant recipients in June.

Created by Ruth Stealey Green, a retired school teacher who died at the age of 84 on Feb. 14, 1996 at her home in Middlebourne, the fund honors Green and her brother, Philip Stealey, who died in 1993.  The Stealey family had a long history in the development of the town of Middlebourne and its activities. Interest accrued from the endowment is awarded annually to qualified and approved applicants.  It was Green’s desire that when grant awards are made, 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 stipulated that Rohrig serve on the Stealey Community Advisory Board, along with the superintendent of Tyler County Schools, the mayor of Middlebourne, and the president of the Tyler County Public Library.

Eligibility for grant funds requires the applying organization to be qualified as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a similarly exempt government entity.  Organizations not recognized by the IRS as exempt may have their grant application presented and sponsored by an exempt organization that will be responsible for receiving and administering the grant funds.