PATH grants $501,283 to area nonprofits

Foundation’s 2017 operations grants includes $85K to Rappahannock’s CCLC

The PATH Foundation this week announced the recipients of its general operations grants. Fifteen organizations, including Rappahannock County’s Child Care and Learning Center, received a total of $501,283 to use for efforts to strengthen and grow their organizations.

Christy Connolly, president and CEO of the PATH Foundation, said the grants rewarded nonprofits operating at the top of their game. “We created these grants for area nonprofits that are making the effort to have the policies and procedures in place that can lead to strong, healthy organizations. In the coming years, we look forward to recognizing even more nonprofits that follow these best practices.”

Nonprofits eligible to apply for these general operations grants were those that are previous grantees of the PATH Foundation. The grant applicants were rated on adherence to best practices related to governance, finance, public disclosure and programming principles, as well as their commitment to strategic planning.

Grant applications were assessed on a list of 21 criteria related to best practices. Each applicant’s work was also required to fall into one or more of the four areas of focus for the PATH Foundation: access to care, childhood wellness, mental health and senior services. Three nonprofits — Child Care and Learning Center, the Fauquier Free Clinic and the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County — were singled out for special acknowledgement as meeting 90 percent or more of the rigorous list of national standards for thriving nonprofits. The grants are designated for general operations use in 2017.

“Our area is fortunate to have so many strong nonprofits serving a broad spectrum of needs,” said PATH’s senior programs officer, Kirsten Dueck. “All nonprofits — new or established, small or large — can work to match a passionate sense of mission with effective practices. Offering general operations funding is a way for PATH to recognize area organizations that are committed to this high standard, and to empower them to do what they do best.”

PATH’s 2017 General Operations Grant Recipients were:

The Arc of North Central VA, $1,000; Child Care and Learning Center, $85,053; Fauquier Community Child Care, Inc., $50,000; Fauquier Community Food Bank and Thrift Store, Inc., $67,000; Fauquier Education Farm, $11,600; Fauquier Free Clinic, $99,350; Fauquier FISH, $15,000; Fauquier Habitat for Humanity, $62,500;

Friends of the Rappahannock, $10,000; Girls on the Run Piedmont, $7,000; Healthy Culpeper, $8,000; Hospice Support of Fauquier County, $15,000; Mental Health Association of Fauquier County, $18,280; Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, $35,000; Windy Hill Foundation, $16,500.

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