Washington and Lee University's Community Grants Committee has made 8 grants totaling $25,500 to non-profit organizations in Lexington and Rockbridge County. They are the second part of its two rounds of grants for 2013-14.
The committee chose the grants from 19 proposals requesting more than $96,000.
W&L awarded grants to the following organizations:
- CASA for Children – for the training, supervision and support of CASA volunteers specifically serving child victims in Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County;
- Concerned Citizens of Glasgow, Inc. – to assist with the purchase of a new water heater and upgraded plumbing;
- Lexington Police Department Foundation – to assist with the funding of the Brushy Hill firearms training facility;
- Main Street Lexington – towards funding of the downtown Lexington bike racks;
- Parry McCluer High School Girls' Basketball Program – to assist with the purchase of new warm up tops or equipment;
- Rockbridge Area Health Center – towards the dental care program for underserved children in the Rockbridge area;
- Rockbridge Area Hospice – to support the RAH Connections program;
- Rockbridge County Public Schools Foundation – to assist with the funding for the purchase of iPads for the Maury River Middle School English Department.
Established in 2008, W&L's Community Grants Committee evaluates requests for financial donations and support from Lexington and Rockbridge County. While the University has long provided financial and other assistance to worthwhile projects and organizations in the community on a case-by-case basis, the Community Grants Program formalizes W&L's role in supporting regional organizations and activities through accessible grant-making.
During its 2013-14 cycle, the Community Grants Committee awarded $50,000. Proposals may be submitted at any time, but they are reviewed only semiannually, at the end of the calendar year and at the end of the fiscal year. The submission deadline for the two rounds of evaluations for 2014-15 will be: by the end of the work day (4:30 p.m.) on Friday, November 7, 2014, and Friday, April 17, 2015. Interested parties may download the proposal guidelines at http://go.wlu.edu/communitygrants.
Proposals should be submitted as electronic attachments (Word or PDF) via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call (540) 458-8417 with questions. If an electronic submission is not possible, materials may be faxed to (540) 458-8745 or mailed to Washington and Lee University Community Grants Committee, Attn: James D. Farrar, Jr., Office of the Secretary, 204 W. Washington St., Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450-2116.