The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation (NPCF) awarded $75,357 in grants last week to local nonprofit organizations from the Richard Lykes Rappahannock Community Fund, including a $25,000 grant for an education-outreach program at next summer’s Castleton Festival.
At a ceremony hosted last Thursday (Dec. 11) by John Anderson and Kathleen Robertson, friends of Richard Lykes, a short video highlighted the late Lykes, his love of Rappahannock County and his perpetual gift to it in the form of grants to organizations that benefit county citizens.
“I think we overgave a little bit last year,” said NPCF executive director Cole Johnson, when asked about the slight decrease in Lykes-grant funding from last year’s $85,000. “This year we gave exactly 5 percent of the 12-quarter average,” she added, referring to the three-year average of the fund’s investment returns, which guides how much the foundation distributes each year from Lykes’ $2 million endowment.
“We’re managing this fund so that it will last forever,” Johnson said.
Of the 10 grant recipients, Castleton Festival received the largest sum, $25,000 for an education outreach program during its two-month summer season. One element it will fund is a series of enrichment workshops for kindergarten through seventh-grade summer-school students in Rappahannock County. This program already served about 50 students last year, when Castleton interns worked with them on improvisation, music and other theatrical components. The grant will cover this program, and others, in 2015.
Two additional large grants will help area children as well. Headwaters Foundation and Rappahannock County Public Schools were awarded $16,000 for their COOL (Children and Community Organized for Outstanding Learning) School, to erect a shelter and stage structure and to supply surrounding ground cover. Rappahannock’s Child Care & Learning Center (CCLC) will use a $15,000 grant toward tuition support, fresh and healthy food options and capital project needs for its daycare, preschool and afterschool students. On the other end of the spectrum, Aging Together will use a $3,824 grant to purchase two caregiver training programs and materials in support of its mission of increased and enhanced services for older adults.
Three organizations were awarded $3,000 each: CASA’s Children Intervention Services will continue to help abused, abandoned or neglected children by providing an advocate for a full year to five children whose cases are currently before the court. The Rappahannock Historical Society will use funds in support of its Archival Record Digitation and Interpretation project. And RappCats will use the financial boost for its Putting Animals with Seniors (PAWS) program.
The Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Board (RRCSB) will use a $2,500 grant to install Guardian Alert system devices and provide instruction on their use for 230 seniors and individuals with disabilities. And the Bluemont Concert Series and Kid Pan Alley were awarded $2,000 each, to be used for Bluemont’s artists-in-education program and Kid Pan’s “Across the Ages” songwriting residency program.
The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation is a public charity that builds philanthropic capital to enhance and preserve the quality of life in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock counties and to strengthen the region’s nonprofit organizations. For more information on establishing a charitable fund, contact Cole Johnson at 540-349-0631 or P.O. Box 182, Warrenton, VA, 20188.