Community Foundation Announces $714,000 in New Grants

DANVILLE, VA- The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region announced today a total of $714,000 in new grants to 47 non-profit community agencies at a reception at Ballou Recreation Center. The Community Foundation was incorporated in 1996 and has already returned more than $23.9 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, Doug Massey 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 present a Cyber-UP symposium of key industry advisors, Dept of Homeland Security leaders, and computer experts to inform the region of key trends and workforce needs. (Community Impact Fund)

Blairs Fire & Rescue ($34,000) for a replacement project for three cardiac monitors. (Community Impact Fund; Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area ($10,000) to support the continuation of current STEM programming. (Ahmed Children Fund; Community Impact Fund; Faye Carter Fund)

Caswell County Public Library ($40,000) to purchase shelving for the Caswell County Public Library. (Community Impact Fund)

Caswell Family Medical Center ($2,000) to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). (Community Impact Fund)

City of Danville – Transportation Services ($15,000) to pay for patients under 60 years old to ride one-way trips for dialysis. (Community Impact Fund; Gamewood Technology Fund)

Cone Health dba HomeCare Providers ($7,500) to deliver In Home Nursing Assistant respite care services to patients and their families in Caswell County. (Community Impact Fund)

Dan River Basin Association ($6,000) for promotion of conservation and education programs and services that will increase public knowledge and inspire engagement for children and families in the Danville, Pittsylvania and Caswell County area. (Community Impact Fund)

Dan River Nonprofit Network ($7,000) to offer the Financial Leadership in Practice training course program presented by OrgForward to area nonprofits. (Community Impact Fund)

Danville Area Humane Society ($5,000) to purchase two banks of cat cages. (Animal Welfare Fund; Community Impact Fund)

Danville Church-Based Tutorial Program ($15,000) to increase the skills of tutors during the 2018-2019 school year. (Community Impact Fund)

Danville Concert Association ($3,500) to bring the Russian National Ballet to Danville for a performance of the classic ballet, “Sleeping Beauty.” (Community Impact Fund)

Danville Public Schools Education Foundation ($25,000) to support the Lab Exploration classes that will focus on hands-on applications, providing students exposure to the following:  IT/Cyber-security, Automation/Robotics, Precision Machining, Welding, and Advanced Materials. (Community Impact Fund; Faye Carter Fund; Gamewood Technology Fund)

Danville Science Center ($20,000) to bring the community educational films to encourage the development of life skills within the context of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education. (Community Impact Fund; Daniel Fund)

Danville Social Services ($30,000) to support the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program. (Community Impact Fund; P. Niles and Carol Daly, Jr. Fund)

Danville Symphony Orchestra ($7,000) to support four live orchestral concerts for the public, using the auditorium at GW High School. (Community Impact Fund; Daniel Fund)

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

The First Tee of Danville ($6,500) for participants on full scholarship for the 2019 season. (Community Impact Fund)

The Free Clinic of Danville ($25,000) to support the programs conducted by the Nurse Practitioner at the Free Clinic. (Community Impact Fund)

God’s Pit Crew Crisis Response Team ($28,000) to expand the equipment fleet with a second tool and equipment trailer. (Community Impact Fund)

Grace-A-Lot ($2,000) for children’s winter coats and school backpacks for Fall 2019. (Community Impact Fund)

Keeling Volunteer Fire Department ($30,000) to purchase 8 complete SCBA units and 8 medium facepieces. (Community Impact Fund)

Mount Hermon Volunteer Fire Department ($9,500) to purchase 5 sets of Firefighter Turnout Gear (Bunker Gear) to replace sets that have reached their limit of use by safety standards. (Community Impact Fund)

Piedmont Community College Foundation ($10,000) to purchase equipment to add Phlebotomy to course offerings aimed at providing more opportunities for career pathways in Allied Health Careers. (Community Impact Fund)

Pittsylvania County Fire Marshal’s Office ($9,100) to purchase an OHD QuantiFit Respirator Fit Tester System. (Community Impact Fund)

Pittsylvania County Parks and Rec ($25,000) to renovate the Ringgold Rail Trail surface. (Community Impact Fund)

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church ($15,000) to purchase food items to be packed in bags, delivered to G.L.H. Johnson Elementary School, and distributed to children in the Kindergarten and 1st grade classes to provide nutritious meals over the weekends. (Community Impact Fund)

Virginia Dental Association Foundation ($2,600) to help provide case management for the DDS program in Danville and Pittsylvania. (Community Impact Fund)

Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation ($2,500) to support Virginia Museum of Natural History education programs for public elementary schools in Danville and Pittsylvania County during the spring 2019 and fall 2019 academic terms. (Community Impact Fund)

Yanceyville Volunteer Fire and Rescue ($21,500) to equip Caswell County’s first ladder truck with necessary hose, fan and RIT packs. (Community Impact Fund)

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

Boy Scouts of America- Blue Ridge Mountain Council ($10,000) to support the Boy Scouts of America scouting program in Danville/Pittsylvania County.  

Casville Volunteer Fire Department ($13,500) to replace SCBA bottles.

The Caswell County Parish ($22,000) to enable families to safely stay in their homes by preventing termination of electrical service or through purchase of non-electric heating sources.

Caswell County Partnership for Children ($4,000) to provide ten books to each of the 64 children enrolled in the Raising-A-Reader Program to build the children’s home libraries.

Danville Life Saving Crew ($8,000) to replace the existing outdated analog audiovisual system in the Meeting/Training Room with a modern digital system.

Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History ($15,000) to provide Danville Museum staff with computer hardware and software.

Danville Neighborhood Development Corporation ($28,000) to help elderly, veteran, disabled, and low-income homeowners in Danville make needed improvements to their homes’ exteriors. (Community Impact Fund; Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

Danville Speech and Hearing Center ($20,000) to provide scholarships and supplies for clients who do not have the means to pay for needed speech therapy services. (Daniel Fund; Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

Danville-Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity ($14,500) to retrofit the lighting in the ReStore with new light-emitting diode (LED) lights that are more energy efficient and cost effective. (Daniel Fund; Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

House of Hope ($4,000) to provide prepackaged lunch kits for the area’s homeless citizens. (Daniel Fund; Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

Just Kids Child Development Center ($10,300) to support the 2018 Summer Camp Program. (Danville Regional Foundation Fund; Faye Carter Fund)

Pelham Volunteer Fire Department ($17,000) to purchase new SCBA(Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus) for personnel to replace aging equipment that no longer meets NFPA requirements for safety and use.

Providence Fire & Rescue ($9,500) to purchase new personal protective equipment.

Revitalization for a Greater Gretna ($20,000) to be used for Phase 1 of construction of a walking and biking trail in the Town of Gretna (W. Earl & Elise M.G. Allen Fund; Danville Regional Foundation Fund)

The Salvation Army of Danville ($4,500) to rebuild and renovate the Corps Community Center’s Family Recreational Room.

Southern Area Agency on Aging ($20,000) to assist older individuals (those 60 years of age and older), who are at risk of losing their independence, or possibly being institutionalized.

The Wendell Scott Foundation ($15,000) to be able to provide housing, food, travel and supplies for children from Danville, VA to attend a 3-day summer camp at Virginia State University.

*Donor advised and designated fund grants are made throughout the year. For a listing of those grants, please look at the Annual Report.

The Community Foundation’s next grant cycle will begin in June for projects to be funded in 2020. 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