Fairfield Foundation receives $30,000 grant

- Posted on Jan 30, 2019 - 02:01 PM

The Fairfield Foundation in Gloucester has received a $30,000 grant from the Richard & Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. 

Foundation co-director David Brown said in a release that the funds will support the foundation’s popular educational outreach programs, new technologies, and building an archaeological park at Fairfield Plantation located in White Marsh.

“This is a transformative gift in support of our education outreach,” said Brown. “Not only will it help us sustain our programming in public and private schools in Gloucester, Middlesex and Mathews, but it will allow us to expand our reach to Essex, King and Queen and King William students, too.”

Funding from the Gwathmey Memorial Trust comes on the heels of a $100,000 one-to-one challenge grant from the Cabell Foundation to support development of the archaeological park at Fairfield. 

Brown said the Gwathmey grant will help the Fairfield Foundation match the Cabell Foundation grant and provide the organization with funds to achieve a long-term goal of providing educational programs to every public and private school on the Middle Peninsula. 

Brown also said the foundation is close to its fundraising goal, and all funds raised in the next couple of months, up to $30,000, will be matched by a generous donor in order to help the organization complete the challenge grant. 

The Richard & Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust was established by Elizabeth Gwathmey Jeffress in 1981 in memory of her parents. Jeffress was particularly interested in the history, literature, art and architecture of Virginia.