Mathews Community Foundation Awards Nearly $85,000

Mathews Community Foundation Awards Nearly $85,000

The Mathews Foundation has announced grant recipients for its Spring 2016 funding cycle. These grants were made with the following goals in mind — our community offers a path to economic prosperity; it is a place where young people experience educational success; a community that prioritizes health and wellness; and a region that is renowned for its cultural vibrancy.

2016 Grantees

The Mathews Community Foundation (MCF) Grantee Reception was held on Wednesday, May 25.  Reed Lawson, MCF chair, began the awards by thanking those present: donors, non-profit organizations and business partners, all of whom work together to improve the quality of life in Mathews.  It was noted that $84,500 in grants would be awarded during the afternoon reception.

Following Reed’s introduction, the  grant awards began.  Charlotte Martin, head of the Grants Committee, explained that grants were awarded in four main areas:  health and wellness, educational success, cultural vibrancy and economic prosperity.  

Nearly 50% of grants in 2016 focused on health and wellness.  Grants were awarded to the Alzheimer’s Association, Bay Aging, Gloucester Mathews Care Clinic, Hands Across Mathews, Mathews County TRIAD, Mathews Family YMCA, Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad, and Partners for Mathews Students.

Educational success awards focused on helping children achieve and learn.  Grants included support for Jacob’s Ladder, Mathews Boys & Girls Club, and Mathews County 4-H.  Grants awarded to Mathews County Public Schools included support for the Junior Beta Club, Parent Resource Center, Mathews High School Robotics Team, Nature Camp, and partnership with the Mathews Continentals Society. 

Cultural vibrancy grants focused on the arts.  Recipients included Bay School Community Arts Center, Concerts by the Bay, The Court House Players, and The Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Economic prosperity grants centered on economic and environmental programs.  Grants were awarded to VersAbility Resources, Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory and Friends of the Tiger Beetle and Chesapeake Bay Habitat Foundation.

“Established in 1999, Mathews Community Foundation has grown to over $5.6 million in assets, ” stated Reed Lawson, MCF Advisory Board Chairman.  “We are grateful to the Mathews community for their generosity in support of their neighbors.”


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