The Board of Directors of the Beckley Area Foundation has approved $233,236 to fund 58 projects between April 2018 and March 2019.
BAF makes annual discretionary grants to charitable organizations serving Raleigh County in education ($45,373), health and human services ($105,975), the arts ($36,709), economic development ($21,500), public recreation ($18,315) and civic beautification ($5,364). Using the pooled income from its discretionary funds, BAF addresses the community’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities. A distribution committee reviews all proposals and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors, who make the final decisions on all grants.
The 2018 BAF Distributions Committee, under the leadership of Chair Lee Milam and Vice Chair Kym Cox, consisted of 28 volunteers representing a diverse group with regard to age, occupations, concerns and residency within the county.
The 2018 grant awards, recommended by the committee and approved by the BAF Board of Directors, are as follows (*= Challenge grant):
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