Chincoteague Bay Field Station is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from the Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation. The funds will be used to support the upgrading and expansion of its transportation fleet.

The grant allowed for the purchase of two used school buses and a used vehicle for the outreach program. A dedicated outreach vehicle will allow CBFS to increase its outreach programs at local schools, community centers, and events. Specifically, the vehicle will allow the Field Station to expand its Shore People Advancing Readiness for Knowledge (SPARK) after school program into Kegotank, Accawmacke, and Pungoteague Elementary Schools.

Alverne W. Chesterfield, Executive Director, expressed his appreciation to the Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation for selecting CBFS to receive this grant. Mr. Chesterfield stated, “This grant will allow CBFS to enhance its fleet and expand programs and activities offered at CBFS and the surrounding community. The funds provided will have great impact on our ability to better serve our community.”

Julie Badger, executive Director of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation, stated that “ The Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation is a permanent charitable endowment that provides grants to the non-profits in the community. The Chincoteague Bay Field station’s grant to upgrade and expand its program vehicles matched our grant mission of supporting Eastern Shore organizations that provide services to out community and help it grow over the long term. We are delighted to assist the Field Station to meet their educational, environmental. And community service goals and wish them continued success.”