Halifax County Grant Cycle Now Open

Latest news from CFDRR: The Halifax County Grant Cycle is now open. Please click here for more information and a link to the application. Application deadline is September 30, 2020. Plus, view pictures and read about the Coronavirus Relief Fund’s impact through Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania.

Fund for Halifax County grant applications open August 15

(DANVILLE, VA) – The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is currently accepting grant applications from 501(c) 3 charitable organizations serving Halifax County. Applications must be submitted online through the Foundation’s web site www.cfdrr.org. The deadline for all applications is September 30, 2016. One or two grants are typically awarded of $1,000 or less per cycle.

The Halifax County Advisory Committee will review the applications and recommend which organizations will be awarded later this year.

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. Major General Carroll Thackston presented the Foundation with the first gift for The Fund for Halifax County in 2010. Thackston served on the Community Foundation Board of Directors for six years. Other Halifax County representatives have also served on the Foundation’s Board. Logan Young just retired after six years on the Foundation’s Board and Finance Committee and William Kelehar is currently serving on the Board.

Several other funds with The Community Foundation also benefit Halifax County.

• The South Boston Medical Fund was created with The Community Foundation in 2011 to support indigent care in Halifax County and general Halifax County charitable causes.

Benjamin M. Sugg established a fund in 2000 to provide annual grants to the Clover Cemetery.

• The Gideon Miller Cancer Fund was endowed in 2014 and recently awarded first grants to organizations that assist cancer patients and their families in Danville, Pittsylvania County and Halifax County.

• The RiverBank Fund recently awarded two of its first grants to Halifax County Department of Tourism and the Roanoke River Basin Association for projects in Virginia and North Carolina earmarked for the protection and revitalization of the Dan River.

The Community Foundation continues to encourage donations of all sizes and types to help build The Fund for Halifax County or any of these other funds. Checks should be made to The Community Foundation, with the fund specified, and mailed to 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA 24541. Online gifts can be made at www.cfdrr.org. Gifts of stock, life insurance, and personal property can be accepted, as well as will bequests.

The Community Foundation has made over $1,000,000 in grants to Halifax County organizations since its formation in 1996. In 2003, the Chastain Home for Gentlewomen gave a gift of $1,030,000 to The Community Foundation to provide three years of grantmaking to charitable organizations assisting elderly women in Halifax County.

The Community Foundation is a public charity established in September 1996 by a steering committee of civic leaders to meet a variety of social, educational, cultural and other charitable needs in the Danville, Pittsylvania County and Caswell County area, as well as Halifax County and Northern North Carolina.

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. Organizations interested in receiving more information should contact The Community Foundation office at 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA 24541, (434) 793-0884 or visit www.cfdrr.org.

Board member and friend Carroll Thackston passes away

The Community Foundation has lost a great friend with the passing of Ret. Major General Carroll Thackston of South Boston. Carroll served tirelessly on the Foundation Board for six years and was the founder of the Fund for Halifax County with The Community Foundation. He taught us all the meaning of dedication and also made us laugh. We will greatly miss Carroll and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Here is a nice article on Carroll Thackston’s many accomplishments. http://www.timesdispatch.com/obituaries/death-notices/maj-gen-carroll-thackston-dies-at/article_de5c80bc-41be-5a09-92e4-fa5cfd7ccce0.html

The first grant presentations were recently made from The Fund for Halifax County. Shown left to right are: Halifax Fund Advisory Committee members Logan Young, Bill Kelehar and Mayor Carroll Thackston; Community Foundation Director Debra Dodson; South Boston-Halifax County Museum Board President Paul Smith; and Bill McCabe, Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens Board Vice President Bill McCabe and President Dr. Charles Stallard.

The first grant presentations were recently made from The Fund for Halifax County. Shown left to right are: Halifax Fund Advisory Committee members Logan Young, Bill Kelehar and Mayor Carroll Thackston; Community Foundation Director Debra Dodson; South Boston-Halifax County Museum Board President Paul Smith; and Bill McCabe, Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens Board Vice President Bill McCabe and President Dr. Charles Stallard.