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2020-2021 Impact Grant Recipients

2020-2021 Impact Grant Recipients

Education Impact Grants, 2020-2021

Funding Priorities

  1. Children have access to basic needs 
  2. Preschool aged children have access to affordable, high quality, early learning programs that prepare them for kindergarten
  3. Students have access to high quality, enriching out of school programs where students have support and encouragement for educational success from engaged parents/advocates and mentors.
  4. Junior high and high school students have access to age-appropriate college and career preparation and graduate equipped with skills for success.

Organization

Grant Amount

Purpose

Priority Needs Addressed:

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Harrisonburg & Rockingham

$2,875

To provide for the continued support of Big Brothers/Big Sisters' school-based mentoring program in Shenandoah County currently running at Ashby Lee Elementary with a possible expansion to W.W. Robinson Elementary. The goal is to match up to 25 children at each school with volunteer mentors who live or work in Shenandoah County.

3

Community Care & Learning Center

$10,855

To establish an infant room at the center, which requires installation of security cameras and shelving, diapering station, etc. and licensing requirements (background checks, TB testing, CPR training, etc) for new staff in the infant room. CCLC is located in an identified “childcare desert” and aims to help families overcome a primary barrier to employment, prepare preschool children for school, provide nurturing infant/toddler care and enriching summer/afterschool care, and address basic food insecurity. This grant will also cover tuition subsidies to reduce the cost for families with documented need (i.e. free/reduced lunch, Medicaid, WIC) and/or more than one child in the program.

1

Fremont Street Nursery

$18,000

Funds six enrichment programs in order to provide high-quality childcare to low-income and single-parents, new caregivers, and at-risk youths. Funded programs include: physical fitness, gardening, summer enrichment activities, art, music therapy, and early learning assessment.

2

Healthy Families Northern Shenandoah Valley

$4,750

To support the Car Seat Safety Project and Cribs for Kids Service Project which distributes 30 infant car seats and 50 safe sleep survival “kits” annually to families in need in the community through partnerships with the Department of Social Services and the Lord Fairfax Health Department.

1

Reading Road Show – Gus Bus

$2,875

To provide structured learning activities, shelf-stable food bags, and book checkout services to the children and families of Page and Shenandoah counties. The Gus Bus will visit the towns of Stanley and New Market once a week for one hour at each location.

3

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

$11,444

To support scholarships for a summer camp program for 65 children in partnership with the NAACP. To provide two field trips with educational programs for a total of 113 children in HeadStart programs in Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties, three field trips with educational programming for 36 children at Fremont Nursery and three field trips with educational programs for 40 children at Winchester Day Preschool.    

3

Winchester Day Preschool

$7,200

To provide scholarships to families who could not afford a quality preschool education.

2

 

Financial Stability Impact Grants, 2020-2021

Funding Priorities:

Promote financial stability and independence (Income/Financial Stability):

  1. Families in our community are self-sufficient and move from financial instability to financial stability.
  2. Low or no income individuals acquire the skills necessary to secure and retain self and/or family-sustaining employment
  3. Vulnerable seniors are able to access services that improve their quality of life and maintain independence.

Support our most vulnerable neighbors (Basic Needs):

  1. Help people in crisis meet their basic needs and become self-sufficient.

Organization

Grant Amount

Purpose

Priority Needs Addressed:

A Farm Less Ordinary

$28,000

To fund the delivery and distribution of more than 2,000 lbs. of fresh, organically grown produce to families in need in Clarke County, as well as to provide employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities as growers on the farm.

2

AIDS Response Effort, Inc.

$6,500

To provide assistance for transportation, daycare and utilities in conjunction with case management services to area ALICE families who due to governmental program guidelines do not qualify for other assistance programs.

1

Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity

$37,500

To support the critical home repair program in Winchester, Frederick, Clarke and Shenandoah counties, with a focus this year on repairs in the more rural areas of Frederick, Clarke and Shenandoah where the average age of homes is around 50 years old. The program is open to homeowners living at or below 60% area median income, with priority towards aging adults who have mobility and accessibility issues, to help keep homeowners in their homes.

4

Blue Ridge Housing Network

$5,000

Support clients with funding for security deposits and/or first month’s rent to help homeless families secure housing as well as providing financial assistance to cover rent or utility bills during a temporary financial crisis.

1 & 4

 

Blue Ridge Legal Services

$14,000

Provide free legal assistance to low-income residents of NSV.

1 & 3

 

CHOICES

$8,000

To assist victims of domestic violence to become financially stable. This includes assisting with childcare expenses to help women find and maintain employment, helping with car repairs or registration fees, and providing clothing and food to women and children fleeing domestic violence.

1

 

Faithworks

$9,000

To supplement the emergency financial assistance program (Pay it Forward) available to families experiencing temporary crisis. Funds will support ALICE families in paying rent/mortgage, utilities, or utility payments when an unexpected emergency occurs.

4

Family Promise of Shenandoah County

$6,000

To provide support services to homeless families in crisis towards financial stability including help finding employment, childcare assistance, required document assistance, transportation assistance, and rental assistance.

1, 2 & 4

 

Highland Food Pantry, Inc.

$6,000

To provide personal care items to families including toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant and lotion. In addition, a supply of feminine hygiene items would also be purchased to be distributed as requested to clients.

4

 

Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area

$19,480

To expand computer classes via increased support to instructors; as well as to support citizenship/naturalization test preparation courses; and to continue working with Winchester Rescue Mission clients on resume development, interview skills, and case management.

1 & 2

 

Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter

$14,000

To support the management of Centralized Housing Intake (CHI) and its coordinated entry process by responding to calls for financial housing assistance within a 24-hour time period and increasing walk-in hours.

1

 

Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging

$7,500

To provide the local cash match for one of the three vans applied for in the FY 20/21 Department of Rail and Public Transportation Van Replacement Grant.  This van is needed to replace a 2011 van with almost 160,000 miles on it.

3

The Laurel Center

$20,000

To support the 24/7 emergency shelter as it feeds, clothes, and houses its residents along with providing protection, and services and resources that enable women and their children to recover from violence.

4

The Salvation Army

$30,000

To support the food costs to serve 3 meals a day to residents and the community, as well as to provide residents with bag lunches and bus tickets as they venture out to start working in order to become more self-sufficient.

1 & 4

Winchester Area Temp Thermal Shelter

$10,000

To provide safe, reliable bus transportation of homeless guests to temporary shelter locations in the mornings and evenings for at least 14 weeks, going between Winchester’s downtown and 14 locations operated by partnering host organizations in Winchester, and Frederick and Clarke counties.

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Health Impact Grants, 2020-2021

 

Funding Priorities

  1. Families and individuals are able to access quality and affordable health care which includes: physical, dental, mental health, and wellness.
  2. Children and Youth have access to emergency and ongoing mental health and counseling services. 
  3. Aggressively address the substance abuse crisis in our community.
  4. Prevent and respond to domestic violence.

Organization

Grant Amount

Purpose

Priority Needs Addressed:

AbbaCare, Inc.

$10,000

To provide free pregnancy testing, pregnancy counseling/education, prenatal vitamins, and diagnostic ultrasounds for low-income women and families without insurance and who have not yet qualified for Medicaid through the Early Pregnancy Care Stopgap Program.

1

Blue Ridge Hospice

$15,000

To supplement the continuation and further development of the Grief and Loss Support Services Program which provides grief counseling, support groups, educational workshops, children’s grief programs, telephone outreach, and resource materials, while developing new programs designed to support those who have experienced a loss in hospice care, as well as anyone in our community affected by death, dying, and grief.

1 & 2

Child Safe Center CAC

$20,000

To provide child abuse assessments, trauma screenings, and mental health treatment services for abuse victims and their non-offending caretakers at both the Winchester and Shenandoah County locations.

1, 2 & 4

 

Concern Hotline

$3,000

To conduct community trainings focused on recognizing suicidal behaviors, initial intervention with potentially suicidal individuals, and understanding how to assist someone experiencing suicidal thoughts or actions.

1 & 2

DementiaMatters

$5,000

To provide quality training to individuals serving as caregivers for family members living with dementia and to give them the tools to better understand the world their loved ones are living in now.

1

Dental Clinic of NSV

$7,000

To provide dental services to individuals without insurance or that cannot pay for services and to provide dental screenings during the Healthy Living Events in exchange for a healthy food voucher.

1

 

Faith In Action (Wheels for Wellness)

$6,000

To provide non-emergency medical transportation to residents living in the City of Winchester and Clarke, Frederick and Shenandoah counties.

1

Healthy Families Shenandoah and Page County

$6,000

To provide free in-home health and wellness screenings and education to families who are ALICE or in poverty and lack the transportation needed for medical and prevention services.

1 & 2

 

Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition

$10,000

Provides funding to continue the Peer Support Specialist Program which provides assistance and support to those suffering with addiction.

3

 

Shenandoah Dental Clinic

$20,000

To provide one day of dental care monthly to uninsured children and adults with incomes below the ALICE threshold.

1

 

Shenandoah Free Clinic

$42,000

To provide 40 hours per week of counseling services for students in Shenandoah County Schools by a professional counselor.

1 & 2

 

Sinclair Health Clinic

$35,000

To provide direct patient care of up to 200 ALICE families in Winchester, Frederick and Clarke counties by a primary care clinician.

1