Fauquier Health grants $124,000 to local groups

Rappahannock’s Foothills Forum receives $15,000

The Fauquier Health Foundation announced this week grants to five area organizations totaling $124,000, including a sizeable grant to the Rappahannock County-based Foothills Forum.

Fauquier Health Foundation's Elizabeth Henrickson (right) and program director Kirsten Dueck pose with Foothills Forum board member Bill Dietel (left) and chair Larry "Bud" Meyer after the foundation presented the organization with a $15,000 grant last week. Courtesy photo
Fauquier Health Foundation’s Elizabeth Henrickson (right) and program director Kirsten Dueck pose with Foothills Forum board member Bill Dietel (left) and chair Larry “Bud” Meyer after the foundation presented the organization with a $15,000 grant last week.

The one-time financial infusions were awarded to bolster the efforts of the selected groups to better their communities through different channels affecting overall health and wellness, according to a press release from Fauquier Health Foundation.

The Foothills Forum received $15,000. This Rappahannock group is working to ensure that community engagement and extensive research lead to meaningful discussions of Rappahannock County’s geography, size and economy.

Fauquier County Public Schools received $60,000. The grant will fund a program, modeled after Williamsburg’s School Health Initiative Program (SHIP), which aims to positively impact diet and exercise of school-aged children.

Healthy Culpeper received $20,000. Healthy Culpeper is a nonprofit community coalition devoted to promoting a healthy, safe and educated community. Funds donated to this organization will help them continue to take comprehensive approaches to issues facing their community.

Leadership Fauquier received $20,000. In its inaugural year, funds to Leadership Fauquier will help defray costs associated with the development of this highly anticipated leadership program designed to foster education, awareness and engagement of current and future civic leaders.

Lord Fairfax Community College received $9,000. Funds to Lord Fairfax will assist in the continuation of its Non-Profit Academy, an educational series that benefited many local nonprofits earlier this year.

“Announcing these grants is really exciting for us at the foundation,” said Christy Connolly, Fauquier Health Foundation’s president and CEO. “In addition to what we have granted to area organizations through our grant cycles, these funds will help further our goals to better the overall health and wellness through diverse avenues. Some have a direct correlation to health through better eating and exercise for children, others will affect the health of a community in a broader way through building strong leaders and strengthening communication.”

Elizabeth Henrickson, director of administration and programs, and program officer Kirsten Dueck presented the funds to the grant recipients.

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