Seven grants were awarded in the fall 2015 funding cycle, totalling $8,000.
- Charlottesville Community Bikes received $2,500 to support the Free Bike Program. This program provides economically-friendly transportation to community members and promotes bike literacy in the community by offering free bike repair workshops. This grant will help purchase replacement bike parts, helmets, locks and lights to help the program meet its goal of giving away 50 free bikes this year.
- International Neighbors, Inc. received $1,500 to fund the High Five Friend program. This non-profit organization aims to partner with local refugee and immigrant community members in a way that promotes integration and positive citizenship. This program pairs a refugee with a community member who serves as a friend and point-of-contact for the family.
- The Adult Learning Center received $1,000 to purchase books for passports during the Festival of Cultures. Every year, the Festival of Cultures celebrates the Charlottesville area’s cultural and linguistic diversity. At the festival, children obtain a “passport” which can be stamped at each exhibit and can be redeemed for a multi-cultural, age-appropriate book. These funds will help the program purchase these books given out to children during the festival.
- Piedmont Housing Alliance received $1,500 to subsidize the cost of the First Lego League of Friendship Court. This organization strives to create housing opportunities for area residents and support the community through education, lending and development. The First Lego League involves children of the Friendship Court community in a fun, STEM-based educational program. The children prepared in a robotics course at PVCC and this grant will allow them to progress in the competition.
- Girl Scouts of the Virginia Skyline Council received $500 to support the Girls Explore the Outdoors program. GSVSC serves girls and adults across 36 counties in Virginia and is a distinguished leadership development organization for girls. This grant money will be used to to support the “campership” fund” which will provide scholarships to Albemarle County and Charlottesville City girls to attend Girl Scout camp.
- The Haven received $500 to support the Haven Day Shelter. This shelter is a low-barrier day shelter which is operational all year-long. The facility provides a healthy breakfast, bathing and laundry facilities and a place to receive mail and store personal belongings. The funds from this grant will help purchase ingredients for homemade granola served during breakfast.
- The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) received $500 to subsidize the cost of an author visit to an area school during the Virginia Fesitval of the Book. Every year, the Virginia Festival of the Book coordinates author visits to K-12 area schools to promote literacy and excitement about reading. The fees associated with these visits are typically fund-raised by the school’s PTO and many area schools do not have the ability to pay these fees. This grant will facilitate an author visit to an area school at no cost to the school.