The Tucker Community Foundation has awarded $3,130 in minigrants since the start of 2012. The popular program is designed to benefit projects needing less than $500.
A $500 grant to the Tucker County Hi-Y program helped offset expenses for eight students who attended the Youth and Government Conference in Charleston.
Canines 4 Christ received $500 to defray transportation expenses for a group of teens traveling to Knoxville, Tenn., to help distribute food from a soup kitchen. Canines 4 Christ is a youth group in Tucker and Randolph counties that helps train therapy dogs to make a difference in the lives of others.
West Virginia Highland Artisans Group received $500 for ArtSpring, a countywide festival held Memorial Day weekend that featured artist demonstrations, musicians and local art/craft galleries.
The Five Rivers Public Library received $100 toward replacement costs of staff chairs and a camera.
A $250 grant was awarded to Preston County Caring Council Inc. to help with renovations of their Child Advocacy Center.
Tucker County High School received two minigrants: $330 to purchase three golf team bags and $200 for the Health Science Occupations students traveling to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the National Leadership Conference.
The Log Cabin Quilters Guild based in Randolph County received $250 to help defray costs associated with venue rental, insurance and marketing of its Mountain State Forest Festival display.
Mountain Laurel Learning Cooperative received $500 for a Community Children's Garden; a project that will teach horticulture skills and encourage artistic impression while creating a community attraction.
Minigrant applications can be filed any time during the year. The Foundation's Fall Grant cycle starts the first week in August; applications are due Sept. 21.
Tucker Community Foundation serves Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Preston, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties in West Virginia and Garrett County, Md. More information is available at www.tuckerfoundation.net or 304-478-2930.