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Stealey Community Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Stealey Community Fund has opened the application process for 2015/2016 grants.

The Stealey Community Fund has been making grant awards in the Middlebourne area for the past 18 years, allocating more than $2 million since its inception. The fund is administered by the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley with the advice of the Stealey Community Fund Advisory Board.

Grant applications are available online at Completed applications must be received by noon, Friday, April 17, 2015 at the law office of Frederick M. Dean Rohrig, 504 Cherry Street, Middlebourne, which is located on the 2nd floor of the Senior Citizens building. Following the expiration of the deadline, all applications will be reviewed and considered by the Advisory Board. Grants are expected to be awarded in June, 2015.

This fund, created by Ruth Stealey Green, a retired school teacher who died at the age of 84 on February 14, 1996 at her home in Middlebourne, honors both 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.

Since 1972, the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley has connected donors who care with causes that matter by making grants to organizations working to improve the quality of life in the Upper Ohio Valley. With assets of more than $33 million, the Foundation assisted in distributing more than $2.2 million in grants and scholarships during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. From strengthening community schools to assisting local arts programs, from building health centers to assisting victims of violence or natural disasters, the Community Foundation continues to enhance our region. To learn more, please visit the Foundation online at