Above: Frances Emerson (left) and Grant Gerlich (right) from the Wytheville Department of Museums receive a grant check from CFNRV board president, Pat Hyer (middle) at the Grantee Reception on November 16.

Christiansburg, Virginia; November 17, 2022: This fall, the Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV) awarded a total of $208,366.99 through its Responsive Grants program to 71 nonprofits serving the New River Valley. This total represents the most the CFNRV has ever given out during its competitive grants process. Since 2002, the foundation has awarded nearly $7 million in grants.

These grants are for operating support, which allows organizations maximum flexibility in how they use the funds. The applications came from organizations that support localities across the New River Valley with missions that focus on a variety of areas: animals, arts and culture, community and civic affairs, education, environment, health and wellness, poverty, and support, parenting, and care.

“The CFNRV grant process is both intuitive and a pleasure to work through,” said Andy Kegley, Executive Director of Helping Overcome Poverty’s Existence, Inc. (HOPE, Inc.) in Wytheville. “HOPE will be using this grant to support the expanded production of locally grown food for our innovative ‘donate-what-you-can restaurant, the Open Door Café.”

These grants are made possible by many generous donors. Individuals, families, and businesses establish endowed funds with the foundation that match their charitable interests; the funds are invested with the goal of awarding grants for generations to come.

This year, 54 different funds contributed to the $208,000+ total, with several making grants to multiple organizations. Through each step of the grants process, the CFNRV team works with its grants distribution committee to read and score each application and help match applicants to the funding available.

The foundation also engaged the public in the grant-making process by encouraging community members to make donations through its online Grant Catalog throughout the month of October. Through these combined efforts, 74% of applications were partially or fully funded.

At a lunch reception on Wednesday, November 16, the CFNRV recognized each of the 71 grantees. Hosted at the Wytheville Department of Museums, 65 guests attended the event. The event was sponsored by Atlantic Union Bank, First Bank and Trust Company, HHHunt, and National Bank of Blacksburg.

Above: Donors, CFNRV board members, and grantees celebrate at the Grantee Reception.

A full list of this year’s grantees can be found below. The Responsive Grant application will open again in summer 2023. More information on the application process can be found at cfnrv.org/grants or by contacting the CFNRV team at cfnrv@cfnrv.org or 540-381-8999.

2022 Grant Awards

Adaire Theatre: $4,000 total from the Loving Care Fund, Litschert Family Fund, & the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund

Beans & Rice: $4,000 from the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund

Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation: $1,000 total from the Gerus Blieszner Fund, 4-17 Fund, & the Community Services Fund

Bland Ministry Center: $2,000 total from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund & the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia: $4,000 total from the Young Women’s Life Experiences Fund, the Janice Woodard Endowment, & the Piscura Family Fund

Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia: $3,170 total from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund, the Hazelton Family Fund, & the Jacobs Family Fund

Brock Hughes Free Clinic: $4,000 total from the Ghia Borg Memorial Health Care Fund & the Wythe County United Legacy Fund

Calfee Community & Cultural Center: $4,000 from the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund

Cayambis Institute for Latin American Studies in Music: $500 total from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund & public contributions

CHIP of the NRV, New River Community Action (NRCA): $2,000 total from the Endowment for Giles County, Gerus Blieszner Fund, & the Nelle Oakey Ryan Gardner Fund

DePaul Community Resources: $2,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund

Emergency Assistance Program (NRCA): $2,000 total from the Endowment for Giles County, Endowment for Floyd County, & the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund

Engagement Center for Creative Aging at Virginia Tech (formally VT Adult Day Services): $3,100 total from the Bell Family Fund & the Jacobs Family Fund

Family Resource Center: $3,500 from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund

Feeding Southwest Virginia: $2,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund

Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley: $2,000 total from the Rosina & Dean Carter Fund for the Visual Arts & the Sarah Lee Alderson Memorial Fund

Floyd Community Center for the Arts: $1,000 from the Endowment for Floyd County

Floyd County Humane Society: $4,000 total from the Beverly A. & Homer T. Hurst Family Fund

Free Clinic of Pulaski County: $4,000 from the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund

Giles Animal Rescue: $4,000 from the Endowment for Giles County

Giles County Christian Service Mission: $4,000 from the Endowment for Giles County

Giles County Shelter: $4,000 from the Endowment for Giles County

Giles Health & Family Center: $4,000 from the Endowment for Giles County

Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley: $4,000 total from the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund & the Warren Lloyd Holtzman Merit Grant Fund

Head Start (NRCA): $4,000 total from the Luba Fabyrcky Memorial Endowment, the Janice Woodard Endowment, & the Endowment for Giles County

Helping Overcome Poverty’s Existence (HOPE): $3,750 total from the Robert & Emily Stuart Grassroots Leadership Fund & the Wythe County United Legacy Fund

Inmate Family Assistance of the NRV: $1,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund

InStill Mindfulness SWVA: $2,000 total from the Blue Roads Educational Fund & the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund

Iris Brammer Public Library: $4,000 total from the Lydia Roeske Wright Memorial Fund, the Endowment for Giles County, & the Hazelton Family Fund

Literacy Volunteers of America – New River Valley: $4,000 total from the Shuler Family Reading Fund, Dan & Beverly Fleming Family Fund, Fund For Equity & Compassion, & the Piscura Family Fund

Live, Work, Eat, Grow: $2,380 total from the Piscura Family Fund, the Gerus Blieszner Fund, Ghia Borg Memorial Fund, & the MANISTAL Fund

Millwald Theatre: $2,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund

Montgomery County Christmas Store: $2,000 total from the Talbot Family Fund & Litschert Family Fund

Montgomery Museum of Art & History: $2,600 total from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund & public contributions

Mountain Community Action Program: $3,000 from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund

Mountain View Humane: $4,000 total from the Paws & Claws Fund, Beatrice S. Kalka Fund, the Highlands Fund, & the Nelle Oakey Ryan Gardner Fund

New River Conservancy: $4,000 total from the Piscura Family Fund, the Susan Garrison Memorial Fund, & public contributions

New River Family Shelter: $2,000 total from the Diana, Princess of Wales Fund, the Gerus Blieszner Fund, & the Nelle Oakey Ryan Gardner Fund

New River Valley Agency on Aging: $4,000 from the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund

New River Valley Community Services: $2,000 total from the Matthew Allen Special Memorial Fund & the Highlands Fund

New River Valley Disability Resource Center: $2,000 total from the Endowment for Giles County & the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund

New River Valley Home: $2,100 total from the Hazelton Family Fund, Ghia Borg Memorial Fund, & public contributions

New River Valley Senior Services: $4,000 total from the Worthington-Dolloff Cancer Treatment Fund

New River Valley Youth Cycling Alliance: $1,000 total from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund

NRV CARES: $2,000 total from the Parenting Skills Fund& Ghia Borg Memorial Fund

One-on-One Literacy Program of Wythe & Grayson Counties: $3,000 total from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund

Plenty!: $4,000 total from the Endowment for Floyd County & Litschert Family Fund

Pulaski Community Youth Center: $4,000 from the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund

Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread: $4,000 from the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund

Roanoke Wildlife Rescue: $2,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund

Rural Retreat Depot Foundation: $2,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund

Rx Drug Access Partnership: $4,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Health Care Fund

Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary: $2,000 total from the Susan Garrison Memorial Fund & the Litschert Family Fund

Springhouse Community School: $4,000 total from the Mary E. Sanders Family Fund & Sarah Lee Alderson Memorial Fund

St. Michael’s Micah’s Backpack Program: $4,000 total from the Children’s Shelter Home Endowment Fund & the Loving Care Fund

The June Bug Center: $4,000 total from the JJ Fund, Kathy & Bill Sanders Family Fund, & The Children’s Shelter Home Endowment Fund

The Mayapple School: $4,000 total from the Loving Care Fund, the Piscura Family Fund, the Gerus Blieszner Fund, the Nelle Oakey Ryan Gardner Fund, & the Wellness Fund

To Our House (NRCA): $4,000 total from the David & Lillian Francis Charitable Fund & the Piscura Family Fund

Town of Wytheville Department of Museums: $1,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund

Valley Interfaith Child Care Center: $4,000 from the Luba Fabyrcky Memorial Endowment

Virginia Cooperative Extension – Pulaski: $2,086 total from the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund & public contributions

Virginia Hunters Who Care: $4,000 total from the Ann & H.W. Huff, Jr. Family Fund, Miller Family Fund, & The Community Services Fund

Warm Hearth Foundation: $2,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund

Wilderness Road Regional Museum: $2,480.99 total from the Piscura Family Fund, the Nicholson Family Fund, the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund, & public contributions

Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley: $2,700 total from the Hawk’s Ridge Fund & the Endowment for Giles County

Wonder Universe, A Children’s Museum: $4,000 from the Loving Care Fund

Wythe County Breast Cancer Coalition: $1,000 total from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund

Wythe County Public Schools Foundation for Excellence: $2,000 total from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund & Ghia Borg Memorial Fund

Wytheville Training School Cultural Center: $4,000 total from the Wythe County United Legacy Fund & the Stoop Family Fund

Virginia CARES (NRCA): $2,000 total from the Endowment for Giles County & the Litschert Family Fund

YMCA at Virginia Tech: $2,000 total from the Cottingham Stuart Fund & the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund