Community Foundation awards grants from The Fund for Halifax County

DANVILLE, VA- The Fund for Halifax County has awarded its sixth round of grants, thanks to the work of the Halifax County Advisory Committee.  The committee consists of a few prominent members of Halifax County who wish to see the county grow and prosper.  After carefully reviewing the applications received, they chose The Good Samaritan $500 to support fuel/utilities/housing assistance for citizens of Halifax County and Main Street United Methodist Church $500 to purchase food for the Jane Jones Food Pantry.  The committee also chose to award the South Boston Medical Fund in the amount of $900 to the Halifax County Cancer Association.  Checks were presented at each organization’s location on January 25.

The Community Foundation has awarded more than $15,000 to Halifax County organizations through the Fund for Halifax County, South Boston Medical Fund, Gideon Miller Cancer Fund and Benjamin M. Sugg Fund.

The Fund for Halifax County is a unique opportunity for citizens, organizations and businesses to help build an endowment to improve and enrich lives in Halifax County. The Community Foundation hopes to grow this unrestricted fund to enable more grants to be given in the future.  The next cycle of online grant applications for The Fund for Halifax County will be taken in August 2018.

Anyone can make donations to The Fund for Halifax County. Checks should be made to The Community Foundation, with the Halifax County Fund specified, and mailed to 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA  24541. Online gifts can be made through Gifts of stock, life insurance, and personal property can be accepted, as well as will bequests.

For more information on The Fund for Halifax County or establishing a charitable fund of any type, contact the Foundation office at 434-793-0884 or visit the web site

Community Foundation announces over $635,000 in new grants; More than $22.6 million given since formation

DANVILLE, VA- The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region announced today a total of more than $637,000 in new grants to 43 non-profit community agencies at a reception at Ballou Recreation Center. The Community Foundation was incorporated in 1996 and has already returned more than $22.6 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 awarded from various funds as described below:

The Community Impact Fund is made up of the following unrestricted funds: James Russell Anderson and Zora Carter Anderson Endowment Fund, Buck- Wayland Fund, Faith Home Endowment Fund, Clarence L. Giles Fund, Harry Melton Hood Fund, Elizabeth (Betty) W. Jefferson Fund, D. Webster, Jr., and Elizabeth S. Marshall Fund, James A. and Anne V. Robertson Fund, Barbara H. Sater and Herbert W. Sater Memorial Fund, and John C. Swanson, Jr. Fund


Averett University ($25,000) To assist Averett in updating Main Hall to a 21st century living-learning environment for students. (Community Impact Fund)

Caswell County Partnership for Children ($4,120) To provide seven books to each of the children enrolled in the Raise-A-Reader program. (Community Impact Fund)

Caswell Family Medical Center ($17,300) To expand access to the established “House Calls Program”. (Community Impact Fund) 

Chatham Fire Department  ($7,900) To purchase two computer software packages enabling the Chatham Fire Department to digitally manage emergency incident reporting and data.  (W. Earl & Elise M. G. Allen Fund)

City of Danville– Neighbors Helping Neighbors ($48,000) To provide eligible families with assistance to pay utility bills in order to avoid termination of utility services to families considered vulnerable as well as to assist families with the critical need or temporary housing. (Community Impact Fund)

Danville Area Choral Arts Society ($2,000) To purchase music, compensate instrumentalists, compensate music director, pay for marketing, venue rental, and custodian.  (Community Impact Fund)

Danville Area Humane Society  ($1,425) To provide free Critter Camp experiences for at-risk and/or disadvantaged youth. (Faye Carter Fund)

Danville Community College Educational Foundation ($25,000) To  support expansion of Danville Community College’s Cosmetology program. (Community Impact Fund)

Danville Concert Association ($3,500) To offer an unusual one-day Artists-in-Residency Program, conducted by TAO: Drum Heart for area students in three public schools. (Community Impact Fund)

Danville Family YMCA ($12,000) To purchase two Expresso Bikes. (Community Impact Fund)

Danville Science Center ($20,000) To provide science center visitors with engaging educational exhibits and films. (Community Impact Fund; Faye Carter Fund; Daniel Fund)

Danville-Pittsylvania Cancer Association ($40,000) To assist cancer patients in the Danville/Pittsylvania area with the cost of their cancer related prescriptions. (Community Impact Fund)

Danville Pittsylvania Community Services ($15,000) To increase access to disability services directly impacting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who lack funding options for critical needs. (Community Impact Fund)

Danville Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity ($5,000) To help design and implement a modern, mobile-friendly, dynamic website. (Community Impact Fund; Daniel Fund) 

First Tee of Danville ($5,000) To fund 35 participants for the 2018 season. (Community Impact Fund; Ahmed Childrens Fund)

Free Clinic of Danville ($46,000) To underwrite the supply and labor costs of providing care for Free Clinic patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. (Community Impact Fund; Daniel Fund)

HAVEN of the Dan River Region ($1,800) To support residents’ health needs and supplies. (Community Impact Fund)

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia ($18,000) To grant wishes for at least two local children who have been diagnosed with critical illnesses. (Community Impact Fund)

Pelham Community Center ($4,850) To have a transfer switch installed by a NC Licensed Electrician to enable Pelham Community Center to be declared a back-up shelter. (Community Impact Fund)

Pittsylvania County ($11,745) To outfit the Pittsylvania Pet Center with a new commercial washer and dryer. (Community Impact Fund; Animal Welfare Fund; Irving H. and Louise Hambrick Scarce Animal Fund)

Pittsylvania County Parks and Recreation ($25,000) To improve surface conditions on the Ringgold Rail Trail in the eastern part of the County. (Community Impact Fund; Allen Fund)

Purley United Methodist Church ($10,000) To provide children with access to safe and convenient playground facilities. (Community Impact Fund)

River District Festival  ($12,000) To support festivities and events associated with the River District Festival. (Community Impact Fund)

Southern Area Agency on Aging ($15,000) To provide emergency services to older individuals. (Community Impact Fund)

SPCA of Martinsville/Henry County ($2,500) To purchase two stainless steel sinks. (Community Impact Fund)

Virginia Dental Association Foundation ($2,500) To provide case management for the DDS program in Danville and Pittsylvania County. (Community Impact Fund)


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

Blairs Fire & Rescue ($25,000) To purchase compliant Self Contained Breathing Apparatus.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area ($10,000) To provide eleven 1.5 hour monthly workshops for youth, parents or volunteers that focus on the prevention of violence.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area ($21,000) To support the continuation and expansion of its STEM programming. (Gamewood Technology Fund)

Caswell County Parish, Inc ($18,000) To provide assistance to families who are threatened with loss of shelter due to catastrophic events.

Caswell Family Medical Center ($20,000) To the Caswell Cancer Resource Fund to deliver support services to residents of Caswell County that have a cancer diagnosis.

Climax Volunteer Fire Department ($3,250) To purchase a high-pressure air lifting bag kit to complement their vehicle extrication equipment.

Community Improvement Council ($11,350) To create a parent education and resource program for the families of children enrolled in the Head Start program.

Danville Church Based Tutorial Program, Inc.  ($10,000) To purchase 20 computers to assist with reading and math skills.

Danville Speech and Hearing Center ($25,000) To provide financial assistance to help cover the cost of speech therapy and supplies for clients that cannot afford them. (Daniel Fund)

Danville Symphony Orchestra ($6,350) To present a series of four live orchestral music concerts for the general public of Danville, Southside Virginia and Piedmont NC (Daniel Fund)

God’s Storehouse ($20,000) To purchase food for the Malcom Huckabee Backpacks Program. (Daniel Fund)

House of Hope ($8,400) To provide 140 backpacks, including essentials, for the area’s homeless citizens. (Daniel Fund)

Just Kids Child Development Center ($10,000) To support the 2018 Summer Camp Program. (Faye Carter Fund) 

Mt. Hermon Volunteer Fire and Rescue ($12,500) To purchase six two-way portable radios specifically made for emergency service workers for mission-controlled communication.

Northern Pittsylvania County Food Center ($20,000) To purchase food from both local markets as well as Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

Providence Fire and Rescue ($20,000) To replace the 1971 wildland/brush fire apparatus.

Yanceyville Volunteer Fire and Rescue ($15,800) To purchase the equipment necessary to complete and place in service an additional first out fire truck.



The following grants were also recognized but have been previously awarded from donor advised and designated funds:

Agency Emergency Fund

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area

Caswell County Public Library

P. L. Anderson, Jr. Family Fund

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area

First Baptist Church

Free Clinic of Danville

Salvation Army

Autism Education Fund

Averett University

Danville Science Center

For the Children Partners in Prevention Coalition

Pittsylvania County Schools

Robert R. Blackwell and Lick Fork Primitive Baptist Church Fund

Lick Fork Primitive Baptist Church

Board Fund

Community Foundation of the Dan River Region

Boys & Girls Clubs Endowment Fund

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area

Gary A. and Sherry M. Carroll “Good for Youth” Fund

Boy Scouts of America, Blue Ridge Mountains Council

Christian Charities Fund

God’s Pit Crew

Grace and Main Fellowship

Transitions Pregnancy Center

James L. Clark and Henrietta Clark Fund

Danville Life Saving Crew and Rescue Squad

Moffett Memorial Baptist Church

Collins ‘Great Outdoors’ Fund

Caswell County Brightleaf Hoedown

City of Danville– Parks and Recreation

Pat & Cathy Daly Family Fund

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area

Philip & Frances Daly Family Fund

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Danville Area

P. Niles and Carol Daly, Jr. Fund

House of Hope

Dan River Inc. Endowment Fund

Averett University

Averett University BSN Nursing Student Scholarship Aid

Danville Community College Educational Foundation

Danville Community College Workforce Success/Student Career Coach Initiative

Danville Community College Educational Foundation-Baseball     Program

Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History

Danville Pittsylvania Community Services- Board Gang Task Force Program

Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber Foundation Ed Steffey Golf Tournament

Danville Symphony Orchestra

Free Clinic of Danville

God’s Pit Crew

House of Hope

United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County

United Way of Greater Houston- Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Danville Symphony Orchestra Endowment Fund

Danville Symphony Orchestra

Davis Family Fund

Averett University

Bassett Memorial United Methodist Church

Danville Pittsylvania Cancer

Free Clinic of Danville

Longwood University

Martinsville Cemetery Fund

Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church

Evans Library Fund

City of Danville – Danville Public Library

Gantsoudes Family Fund

Danville Pittsylvania Cancer

St. Peter’s Greek Orthodox Church

Garden Club of Danville Fund

Garden Club of Danville

Juanita G. “Nita” Grant Fund

Averett University’s Library

First Baptist Church

Bobby Hawker Memorial Fund

Caswell Family Medical Center

Pittsylvania County Community Action

Holland Fund

Salvation Army

Wayles R. Harrison Memorial Fund

Danville Pittsylvania Cancer

Peter and Jo Ann Howard L’Dor V’Dor Fund

Temple Beth Sholom

Hospice Support Services Fund

Danville Pittsylvania Cancer

Southern Area Agency on Aging

Larry Donald Huskey Memorial Fund

ARC of the Southside

Danville Speech & Hearing

Free Clinic of Danville

Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation

Kang-A-Rhue Children’s Cancer Fund

Danville Pittsylvania Cancer

Keokee Fund

Galileo High School

Pittsylvania County Schools

Sam and Margaret Kushner Fund

Temple Beth Sholom

Alexander Heath Light & Mary Nelson Light Mission Fund

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area

Main Street United Methodist Church Fund

God’s Pit Crew

God’s Storehouse

House of Hope

Salvation Army

Transitions Pregnancy Solutions

Marshall Family Fund

Averett University

Boy Scouts of America, Blue Ridge Mountains Council

Community Foundation of the Dan River Region

Danville Community College Educational Foundation

Free Clinic of Danville

God’s Storehouse

Grace Design United Methodist Church

Gideon Miller Cancer Fund

Danville Pittsylvania Cancer

Miller Woodbury Fund

Danville Area Humane Society

Audrey F. Millner Memorial Fund

Chatham Fire Department

Danville Concert Association

Moses & Louise A. Merricks Fund

Mount Cross Volunteer Fire and Rescue

Wayles Harrison Cancer Fund

Morotock Arts and Culture Fund

Averett University

City of Danville– Parks and Recreation

Danville Area Choral Arts Society

Danville Concert Association

Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History

Danville Symphony Orchestra

Langhorne House

Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Youth Mission Fund

Mt. Hermon Baptist Church

Mary Neil Literacy Fund

Pittsylvania County Literacy Program

B.C. & Annie Lee Owen Fund

Buffalo Baptist Tabernacle

Clarksville Regional Museum

Mecklenburg County Cancer Association

Southside Virginia Community College Nursing Program

Alma Courtney “Sigie” Perkinson Rose Fund

Garden Club of Danville

Pittsylvania County Animal Shelter Fund

Pittsylvania County

Rippe Fund for Temple Beth Sholom

Temple Beth Sholom

Virginia Elizabeth “Betsy” Robertson Fund

Community Foundation of the Dan River Region

Rotary Club of Chatham

Boy Scouts of America

Danville Community College Educational Foundation

Claudia Vernon Smith Fund

Caswell Friends of the Library

Cora Taylor Younger Smith Fund

American Indian College Fund

Berea College

United Negro College Fund

Stendig Family Fund

Temple Beth Sholom

Benjamin M. Sugg Fund

Halifax County – Clover Cemetery

John C. Swanson, Jr. Fund

Caswell Friends of the Library

City of Danville– Danville Public Library

Halifax County-South Boston Library

Pittsylvania County Public Library

Urban Bible & Ministry Institute/NCP Fund

New Community of Praise, Inc.

Veterinary Emergency Treatment Fund

Danville Area Humane Society

Veterans Memorial Fund

Veterans Memorial Discretionary Trust

The Wednesday Club Endowment Fund

God’s Pit Crew

Wynne’s Falls Fund

Crossroads Reconciliation Services

Yanceyville United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund

Town of Yanceyville


The Community Foundation’s next grant cycle will begin in June for projects to be funded in 2019. 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 their web site at

The Community Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications; Deadline February 28

DANVILLE, VA- The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is currently accepting applications for 48 different scholarships. Area students who are interested may apply online through the Foundation’s web site at The deadline for all applications is February 28, 2018.

Students who are graduating seniors or former graduates from a high school in Danville or Pittsylvania County, Virginia or Caswell County, North Carolina may apply. Each scholarship may also have specific eligibility criteria that were defined by the donor. The online application system will determine your eligibility for each scholarship.

Last year the Foundation awarded 100 scholarships totaling more than $195,000 to area students. Since its formation in 1996, The Community Foundation has awarded 1,052 scholarships totaling more than $2.3 million.

The Community Foundation is a fully tax-exempt organization. Individuals, businesses or organizations may establish their own scholarship or endowment 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


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