Lykes grants of $58K go to local groups  

The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation last week awarded $57,943 from the Richard Lykes Community Fund to nonprofits serving Rappahannock County. The Lykes Fund, established in 2010 by the late Richard Lykes, provides grant opportunities for nonprofits serving those in the county he loved.

Kathy Grove (left) of RappU accepts a grant award from Northern Piedmont Community Foundation Executive Director Jane Bowling-Wilson. In the center is NPCF board chair Sharon Luke.
Kathy Grove (left) of RappU accepts a grant award from Northern Piedmont Community Foundation Executive Director Jane Bowling-Wilson. In the center is NPCF board chair Sharon Luke. Courtesy photo

The Northern Piedmont foundation itself also learned last week that it would be receiving a new $250,000 grant from the PATH Foundation, to be awarded in turn via grant requests from organizations in Rappahannock, Fauquier and Culpeper counties over the coming year.

This year, NPCF’s Lykes Fund awarded grants to 18 projects. The largest sum, $10,000, was awarded to the Rappahannock Food Pantry, to fund appliances for their new facility in Sperryville. This kitchen will be used for healthy cooking demonstrations. In addition to the Food Pantry, several nonprofits received sizeable grants. The Child Care & Learning Center received $5,000 for their scholarship program, which will allow opportunities for new students to enroll. The Headwaters Foundation also received $5,000 to continue its After-School Enrichment Program.

New initiatives funded this year by Northern Piedmont include $5,000 to Rappahannock County Lions Club to expand free vision testing; $5,000 to Rappahannock Nature Camp, which will provide environmental opportunities for children next summer; $5,000 to RappU for purchasing Google Chromebooks for their classroom; and $4,943 to Rappahannock Animal Welfare League for purchasing new medical equipment for RAWL’s isolation room.

“Northern Piedmont Community Foundation is proud to support each of these initiatives and so many more,” said Jane Bowling-Wilson, the organization’s executive director. “We are humbled by the amazing work each of these nonprofits does on behalf of Rappahannock County.”

Meanwhile, the PATH Foundation, spokeswoman Amy Petty said this week, has committed $250,000 in funds to the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation for “responsive” grant requests from Fauquier, Rappahannock and Culpeper counties.

Christy Connolly, the PATH Foundation’s president and CEO, said the grant was made in an effort to meet needs that oftentimes fall outside of the parameters of PATH Foundation grants. “Responsive grants have a flexibility that our traditional grant cycles don’t — whether it is a faster timeline or need that is outside of our core areas of focus. NPCF is a natural fit to administer this type of grant, and they will have discretion over awarding the funds.”

PATH’s gift is designed for use during a one-year period beginning in January 2017, Petty said.

The 2016 Richard Lykes Community Fund awardees were:

— Child Care & Learning Center, $5,000 to support scholarship support for families in Rappahannock County who would not otherwise be able to send their children to daycare.

— Fauquier Habitat for Humanity, $3,000 to support the building of a new Habitat home in Huntly.

— Foothills Forum, $1,000 to support a summer internship program. This will provide an opportunity for increased research and storytelling within the county.

— George Washington Carver Regional High School Alumni Foundation, $4,500 to support two traveling exhibits which will showcase the history of the only high school in the region for African-American children.

— Headwaters Foundation, $5,000 to support the After-School Enrichment Program.

— Kid Pan Alley, $1,000 to host a songwriting residency. Professional songwriters will work directly with children to develop songs, go through a rehearsal, and exhibit their songwriting skills through two concerts.

— Northern Virginia 4-H Center, $2,000 to support the creation of a disc golf course to encourage outdoor play.

— Piedmont Environmental Council, $1,000 to host the second annual birdwatching walk in Rappahannock County. The walk will educate residents about the diversity of bird life in their community

— Rappahannock Animal Welfare League, $4,943 to update the isolation room for contagious, sick or wounded animals that come to RAWL’s dog shelter.

— Rappahannock County Lions Club, $5,000 to purchase a vision screening machine. This will allow them to expand the number of children tested, and will help detect eye maladies in the county’s school-aged children.

— Rappahannock Historical Society, $1,000 to support the creation and publication of a detailed history of Washington.

— Rappahannock Nature Camp, $5,000, to support summer learning opportunities for children both within and outside of the county.

— Rappahannock Food Pantry, $10,000 to purchase kitchen appliances to host cooking demonstrations for clients. This will promote healthy eating and the best ways to cook the food the Pantry offers.

— RappCats, $2,000 to support its “Family Assistance Program,” which provides veterinary care for homeless cats that individuals have agreed to care for.

— RappU, $5,000 to support the purchase of Google Chromebooks for paperless classrooms. The Chromebooks will also provide expanded opportunities for online or hybrid courses through RappU.

— Smithsonian Institution, $2,500 to support educational workshops promoting sustainable farming and land management practices in Rappahannock County.

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