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Stealey Grants Benefit Middlebourne Community

The Stealey Community Fund has announced 2020 grant awards, which total $346,999.38 and will support 23 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 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, benefit residents and support youth recreational and educational opportunities.

The Middlebourne Parks and Recreation Facilities, Inc., received $111,170 to support departmental operations, improvements and programming opportunities.  The Tyler County Board of Education was awarded grants totaling $74,537.98 for renovations and program support.  The Silver Star Ltd. Group received $8,457 for a variety of youth athletic programming and a service project.

Other funded projects include:
Adams House Ministries – $22, 468 for operating support
ArtsLink, Inc. – $12,000 to support performances
Council of Senior Tyler Countians, Inc. – $16,866.40 for equipment and infrastructure upgrades
Middlebourne Ambulance (TC Unit #1) – $20,825 to support vehicle purchase
Middlebourne Baptist Church – $6,300 for Community Vacation Bible School
Town of Middlebourne – $40,000 for completion of Town Hall renovations
Middlebourne Youth League – $6,927 for equipment and operating expenses
Shirley VFD – $2,448 to support the purchase of rescue equipment
Tyler County Public Library – $25,000 for operating support

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