RCCF Honors Community Impact Grant Recipients

River Counties Community Foundation recently honored the 65 nonprofits in Lancaster, Middlesex, and Northumberland counties that were awarded 68 grants totaling nearly $1.2 million.

The community impact grants were in the areas of community vibrancy, economic prosperity, health and wellness, educational success, and environmental stewardship.

Established in 1996 as an affiliate of the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, RCCF became part of a national movement to expand the community foundation model into rural communities. To date, the organization has granted over $15 million to local organizations.

Kathleen Conroy, RCCF board member and grants committee chair, welcomed the representatives from the nonprofits and said: “The work of these organizations, whether in health, education, child development, cultural enrichment, public safety and welfare, or housing, has touched so many individuals in our counties and made our communities a better place to live and thrive.  It is an inspiration to read the grant applications from all of you and learn of all the wonderful work being done.”

Mason Brent, RCCF board chair, thanked “our donors who have entrusted their philanthropic work to us. It is gratifying to be part of RCCF which is the catalyst that brings those who want to make a better world with those who have the talents to make that happen.”

Among the grants:

Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad received support for the purchase of a new ambulance.  MCVRS is the only agency providing Emergency Medical Care in Middlesex County and maintains three stations in the county.

Northern Neck-Middlesex Free Health Clinic received support for a part-time nurse added to the staff this year as well as a portion of medical and dental office supply costs, and support cost for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) dental students who travel to the clinic to provide services.

YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas received support for its youth development programs, nurturing their potential through a regional, year-round preschool, school-age, summer day camp, and teen leadership programs in Lancaster, Middlesex, and Northumberland.

Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck received support for academic success, workforce readiness, and life skills training for teens at BGCNN.

Healthy Harvest Food Bank received support for construction of an educational center and aquaponics production facility to provide fresh, nutritious food to those in need through an innovative aquaponics project.

“This is an amazing accomplishment for rural philanthropy,” said Lincoln Boykin, director of affiliate foundations. “Further, it is a testament to the philanthropic spirit of the residents of our area and the strong relationships RCCF has nurtured over the years.”

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