W&L Announces Fall 2008 Recipients of Community Grants

Washington and Lee University's Community Grants Committee met recently to evaluate the first round of proposals from local agencies and organizations for the 2008-09 fiscal year. The purpose of the community grants program is to support non-profit organizations in the Lexington/Rockbridge community.

Twenty organizations submitted proposals for a total of $185,438.00 in requests. The University has made $34,000 worth of grants to thirteen organizations in the initial round. Those organizations are:

  • Friends of Rockbridge Swimming to assist with completion of locker room construction,
  • Lexington Girl's Middle School Lacrosse Team for equipment and accessibility to the program,
  • Rockbridge Area Free Clinic for breast cancer screening and education for women 40-64 in low-income homes who do not have access to care,
  • RAISE Infant Program (a RACS program) for five specific projects to help provide coordinated, quality, and comprehensive early intervention support and services to families with infants and toddlers, birth to age three, who have developmental delays or disabilities or who are at high risk for delay,
  • Rockbridge Area Relief Association to facilitate an upgrade of the organization's communication system,
  • Rockbridge Area Transportation System to assist in purchasing a new wheelchair-accessible van, including the costs of placing it in service,
  • Rockbridge County Public Schools Foundation, Inc. to help develop a comprehensive proposal to improve teaching of local foods initiatives in the agriculture program at RCHS, greenhouse construction, and introduction of student-grown vegetables in the RCHS cafeteria,
  • Rockbridge County High School Model UN for general program support,
  • Valley Conservation Council to assist with the printing of more copies of Buy Fresh, Buy Local food directory, to encourage more groups to participate in the community food system, and to help development of educational materials for Rockbridge County schools,
  • Valley Program for Aging Services for emergency utilities assistance for senior citizens,
  • Woods Creek Montessori to assist with the construction of its Outdoor Learning Classroom,
  • Yellow Brick Road to assist with the development of YBR's "Teaching Out" program; provide funding for on-site and local training for teaching staff for instruction in an outdoor classroom, and
  • YMCA to assist with the operations of  Coffeehouse, a new program for the disabled.

W&L's President Kenneth P. Ruscio noted, " We remain impressed by the work of so many groups and organizations in the greater Rockbridge area. It is important for the University and the community to build upon its partnership, especially in these difficult economic times. "

Washington and Lee will award a total of $50,000 during the program's 2008-09 cycle. Proposals may be submitted at any time but will be reviewed semiannually. The submission deadline for the second round of consideration is June 12, 2009. Interested parties may access the Community Grants Committee Web site and download a copy of the proposal guidelines on the Community Grants website.

Please call 540-458-8417 with questions. Proposals should be submitted as electronic attachments (word or pdf) via email at kbrinkley@wlu.edu. If an electronic submission is not possible, materials may be faxed to 540-458-8745 or mailed to:

Washington and Lee University Community Grants Committee
Attn: James D. Farrar, Jr.
Office of the Secretary
204 W. Washington Street
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450