The board of directors of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation recently met and awarded the Spring 2018 round of community grants to several local non-profit organizations.

The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company was awarded funds to assist with a new fire station being built on the island. The station, which has been in existence for over 92 years, has been working on a capital campaign to construct a much-needed new station and the Foundation contributed to their efforts. The new station will provide improved fire and safety services to the Town of Chincoteague.

The Chincoteague Bay Field Station was awarded grant funds to assist with the acquisition of additional vehicles used in their educational programs. Founded in 1968 as the Marine Science Consortium, the organization has been doing business since 2013 as The Chincoteague Bay Field Station. CBFS’s program include school residential and day field experiences, college summer and weekend courses, family and adult programs and workshops, summer camps, outreach, and citizen science volunteer programs for local community members. The Field Station provides a unique set of educational and research experiences including; research collaborations among member Universities, NASA Wallops Flight Facility, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and additional local public and private partners.

 

Eastern Shore Rural Health was also awarded funds to assist with the purchase of digital x-ray equipment needed for the new Eastville Community Health Center. The new facility will have more than 24,000 square feet compared to the 13,700 square feet that the current Bayview and Franktown have combined and will offer Northampton County new and expanded medical services.

Also awarded funds was the Eastern Shore Habitat for Humanity which received funds for office equipment and a delivery truck. The organization was incorporated in November 1988 and since then has completed a total of 45 homes for families on the Shore. All of these families formerly lived in substandard housing and worked 350 hours on their homes and other Habitat homes or events. The combination of a lower cost to the home, due to using volunteer labor and the interest free mortgage makes the home affordable to low income families.

 

Funds were also approved and awarded to The North Street Playhouse. The non-profit theater received funds for additional back stage renovations as well as audio and lighting upgrades for the facility. The Playhouse was established to promote and encourage the appreciation of and participation in the performing arts, particularly the theatre arts, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Founded in 1986, the North Street Playhouse is celebrating 32 years of theatre in Onancock. NSP is the only theatre to produce year-round live theatre year on the shore and has produced 208 productions for more than 40,000 audience members since 2000.

The final award this Spring was to the Central Accomack Little League for funds to assist in the construction a community playground honoring Tiffany Smith. The playground will provide a better and healthier option for extracurricular activity. Central Accomack Little League has an average of 300-400 children playing throughout the year.

The Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation is a permanently endowed charitable organization established in 2005 that provides grants to nonprofits on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. A community foundation connects people with causes they care about– education, the arts, human services or any other area of concern.

Our purpose is to enrich the lives of the people of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. These grants meet a broad range of needs by:

  • Enabling donors to meet their charitable goals through prudently administered, permanently endowed funds.
  • Offering a comprehensive array of services to encourage, advance and educate donors concerning effective philanthropy.
  • Making critical grants to meet current and emerging community needs and opportunities.

For more information on becoming a donor or applying for grants from the Foundation, please visit our website at http://www.esvcf.com or contact Julie Badger, Executive Director at 757-789-0910 or esvcf2016@gmail.com.

 

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