Scholarship applications being accepted

(DANVILLE, VA) – The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is currently accepting applications for 31 different scholarships. Area students who are interested may contact their guidance offices for the appropriate forms or print them from the Foundation’s web site at The deadline for all applications to be received is Monday, February 25, 2013.

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is an independent, public charity established in September 1996 by a steering committee of local civic leaders to gather permanent funds to support our area.

While the Foundation works with donors to establish funds and scholarships to benefit any geographic area, our primary service area is Danville/Pittsylvania County, Virginia and Caswell County, North Carolina. Donations are also being sought to build up resources for South Boston/Halifax County, with consideration being given to other neighboring counties.

Community foundations are established to manage a collection of separate funds created by individuals and corporations – a community of donors – to enhance the quality of life in a local area. These funds are pooled and invested under the direction of a board of directors comprised of community leaders.

The Community Foundation is a fully tax-exempt organization. Individuals, businesses or organizations may establish their own fund or may contribute any amount to existing funds. The Community Foundation may be contacted at 541 Loyal Street, VA 24541, (434) 793-0884 or

2013 Grant Reception

2013 Grant Reception recipients


(Danville, VA – January 15, 2013) – The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region announced today a total of $577,000 in new grants to 44 non-profit community agencies at a reception at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. The Community Foundation was incorporated in 1996 and has already returned more than $15 million in community grants and scholarships.

This year’s grants contain $250,000 in funding made available by a grant from the Danville Regional Foundation. A complete listing of the grants awarded from the Danville Regional Foundation’s support is below.

The following grants were approved by The Community Foundation’s Distribution Committee and Board of Directors and awarded from various funds as described below:

Animal Welfare League of Pittsylvania County– ($1,500) to provide medical care for animals in rescue and/or foster programs to reduce the number of unwanted animals in Pittsylvania County (Animal Welfare Fund, James Russell & Zora Carter Anderson Fund, Audrey Millner Fund)
Arc of Southside – The Hatcher Center – ($90,000) to support the job training facility and program services for its employees (Faith Home Endowment Fund)
Cascade Community Vol. Fire Department– ($13,430) to improve the property and facilities by paving the parking lot (James Russell & Zora Carter Anderson Fund, Faith Home Endowment Fund)
Caswell County Parks & Recreation Department– ($12,500) to air condition the gym so it can be utilized during summer months (Faith Home Endowment Fund)
Chatham First – ($13,675) to develop a walking trail connecting the Pittsylvania County Visitor Center to the Chatham Town Hall (W. Earl & Elise M. G. Allen Fund, James Russell & Zora Carter Anderson Fund)
City of Danville – Department of parks, recreation and libraries – senior transportation – ($5,000) to transport qualified Danville City residents that need life-saving dialysis treatment (that are under the age of 60) (Faith Home Endowment Fund)
City of Danville Division of Social Services“Neighbors Helping Neighbors” – ($21,505) to make available critical and emergency needed financial assistance for home energy needs (James Russell & Zora Carter Anderson Fund)
Danville Area Choral Arts Society – ($1,350) to present the quality choral concert “Rags to Ritz” to general public (Harry Melton Hood Fund)
Danville Church-Based Tutorial Program – ($4,000) to provide educational materials for tutorial sites and summer enrichment activities (Faye Carter Fund, Gamewood Technology Fund, Claudia Vernon Smith Fund)
Danville Concert Association – ($3,500) to bring “6th Floor Trio” to Danville, and have the group’s members conduct a master class with young local music students (James Russell & Zora Carter Anderson Fund)
Danville Historical Society – ($5,000) to help store and preserve invaluable records and collections of Danville’s history (John C. Swanson, Jr. Fund)
Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History – ($3,550) to help support exhibitions of the work of Elizabeth Austin (Faith Home Endowment Fund)
Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber Foundation – ($8,000) to support the improvement of the Leadership Southside program (James Russell & Zora Carter Anderson Fund)
Danville Science Center – ($20,000) to help support the traveling exhibits, “Playing with Time” and “Raise the Roof”(Clarence L. Giles Fund)
Free Clinic of Danville – ($9,820) to replace and upgrade equipment used in patient care services and in patient-related tasks (Ahmed Children’s Fund, Faith Home Endowment Fund, Herbert Sater Fund)
God’s Pit Crew – ($9,920) to purchase a new stretch wrap system for the warehouse operation (James Russell & Zora Carter Anderson Fund)
Institute for Advanced Learning and Research Foundation – ($12,000) to purchase lab equipment to support STEM-based K-12 educational outreach (Faye Carter Fund, Clarence L. Giles Fund)
Keeling Volunteer Fire Department – ($20,000) to purchase equipment for the new fire truck (James Russell & Zora Carter Anderson Fund)
Lady Astor Preservation Foundation – ($18,000) to provide historical restoration of the façade of the Langhorne House (Faith Home Endowment Fund)
Lutheran Family Services of Virginia – ($1,350) to purchase the LeaPad Explore Mobile Learning Center for adult day care clients (Gamewood Technology Fund)
Pittsylvania County Literacy Program – ($1,200) to support “Program Improvement Through Community Outreach” (James A. and Anne V. Robertson Fund)
Preservation Virginia – ($4,000) to facilitate an educational component of Preservation Virginia’s Tobacco Barns Protection Project (James Russell & Zora Carter Anderson Fund)
Riceville-Java Volunteer Fire Department – ($25,000) to purchase and equip an all-terrain vehicle to extinguish wild land fires or to transport injured patients from inaccessible areas (James Russell & Zora Carter Anderson Fund)

The following grants were awarded as a result of The Community Foundation’s grantmaking partnership with the Danville Regional Foundation.

Air Force Association, Chapter 240 – ($1,500) to provide a “matching grant” proposal from K-12 science teachers to focus on STEM-based classroom projects (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
American Red Cross – ($15,000) to continue to be prepared to provide relief for clients of disasters throughout Danville and Pittsylvania County (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
ATT Search & Rescue Dogs of Virginia, Inc.– ($1,500) to assist in conducting the International police working dog association recertification workshop (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
Averett University – ($21,500) to provide a “classroom of the future” on Averett’s North Campus (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
Bachelors Hall Volunteer Fire Department – ($3,700) to purchase a Toughbook 19” computer to enable complete, accurate, and timely reporting of medical emergency calls to the office of emergency services (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
Brosville Community Volunteer Fire Department– ($5,500) to assist with purchase of a new Thermal Imaging Camera (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
Cascade Community Center – ($6,000) to replace the windows to help with heating and cooling the building (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
Caswell County – Family Services – ($7,000) to purchase playground equipment for the outdoor play area (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
Casville Volunteer Fire Department – ($8,000) to upgrade the vehicle extraction equipment through the purchase of a rescue spreader (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
Danville Cancer Association – ($25,000) to assist with the cost of cancer-related prescriptions for local cancer patients (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
Danville Community College Foundation – ($15,000) to purchase a welding simulator (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
Danville – Pittsylvania Community Services – ($9,500) to provide Crisis Intervention Team training for Danville and Pittsylvania County law enforcement to enhance their capacity to identify and respond appropriately to individuals with mental illness (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
Danville – Pittsylvania Habitat for Humanity – ($18,000) to purchase building materials and contract labor needed to construct a new four bedroom, two bathroom home at 114 Brush Arbor Court (Danville Regional Foundation Fund, Pat & Cathy Daly Fund)
Danville Speech and Hearing – ($25,000) to provide speech/language pathology services and supplies to uninsured, undersinsured and/or low/no income citizens of the Dan River Region who present a communication disorder (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
Danville Youth GROW (First Tee of Danville) – ($10,000) to promote The First Tee Nine Core Values and Life Skills Curriculum through an outreach effort to the community (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
Gretna Little Theatre – ($10,000) to provide live theatre performances for Gretna residents, featuring local actors, students, and senior citizens (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
Mt. Hermon Volunteer Fire & Rescue – ($8,000) to purchase safety gear and high visibility parkas/jackets for emergency responders (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
Northern Pittsylvania County Food Center – ($20,000) to provide food to those in need in the northern portion of Pittsylvania County (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
Ringgold Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad – ($20,000) to re-chassis the 2004 ambulance with a new 2012 Ford F-450 4×4 (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
Southern Area Agency on Aging – ($21,000) to provide emergency assistance to older adults in Danville or Pittsylvania County with income at or near poverty level (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)
640 Community Rescue Squad – ($6,500) to acquire a Stryker Lift assisted ambulance cot (Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

The following grants were also recognized but have been previously awarded from donor advised and designated funds:
Gary A. and Sherry M. Carroll “Good for Youth” Fund
Westover Christian Academy
Christian Charities Fund
God’s Pit Crew
God’s Storehouse
Little Life Pregnancy Center
James L. Clark and Henrietta Clark Fund
Danville Life Saving Crew and Rescue Squad
Moffett Memorial Baptist Church
P. Niles Daly, Jr. Fund and Philip & Frances Daly Fund
Boys and Girls Club of the Danville Area
Dan River Inc. Endowment Fund
Averett University
Danville Community College Educational Foundation
Danville Concert Association
Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History
Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber Foundation
Danville Symphony Orchestra
Free Clinic of Danville
God’s Storehouse
House of Hope
United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County
Davis Family Fund
Averett University
Bassett Memorial United Methodist Church
Danville Cancer Association
Longwood University
Martinsville Cemetery Fund
Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church
Evans Library Fund
Danville Public Library
Gantsoudes Family Fund
Danville Cancer Association
St. Peter’s Greek Orthodox Church
Garden Club of Danville Fund and Alma Courtney “Sigie” Perkinson Rose Fund
Garden Club of Danville
Fund for Halifax County
South Boston-Halifax County Museum
Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens & Environmental Education Center
Bobby Hawker Memorial Fund
Pittsylvania County Community Action
Holland Fund and Wynne’s Falls Fund
Cross Roads Reconciliation Services
Larry Donald Huskey Memorial Fund
Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation
Piedmont Access to Health Services
Kang-A-Rhue Children’s Cancer Fund
Danville Cancer Association
Keokee Fund
Hannah Ricketts to attend the University of Virginia Summer Enrichment Program
Alexander Heath Light & Mary Nelson Light Mission Fund
Oak Grove Residential Care
Herman and Helen Melton Historical Fund
Pittsylvania County Historical Society
Miller Woodbury Fund
Cape Fear Academy
Moses & Louise A. Merricks Fund
Mount Cross Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Sharon Baptist Church
Wayles Harrison Cancer Fund
Morotock Arts and Culture Fund
Averett University
Danville Area Choral Arts Society
Danville Concert Association
Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History
Danville Symphony Orchestra
Irving H. and Louise Hambrick Scarce Animal Fund
Animal Welfare League of Pittsylvania County
Cora Taylor Younger Smith Fund
American Indian College Fund
Berea College
St. Paul’s College
United Negro College Fund
Benjamin M. Sugg Fund
Clover Cemetery
Urban Bible Fund
New Community of Praise
Veterans Memorial Fund
City of Danville

The Community Foundation’s next grant cycle will begin in June for projects to be funded in 2014.

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is a public charity established in September 1996 by a steering committee of civic leaders to improve and enrich area lives through the generosity of donors.

The Community Foundation office can be reached at 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA, 24541, (434) 793-0884 or at