MCF awards more than $158,000 in 2019 grants

- Posted on Jun 05, 2019 - 02:10 PM

The Mathews Community Foundation celebrated its 20th year at a May 23 reception at Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, announcing that 42 grants totaling $158,861 will be awarded to nonprofits and programs benefitting Mathews County residents in 2019.

The grants are focused in four areas: economic prosperity, educational success, health and wellness, and community vibrancy. The ceremony was especially meaningful to Mathews County residents who served on the original board in 1999, when a $10,000 donation for a scholarship program started the foundation’s work.

The grants were awarded to the following: the Bay School Community Arts Center; Virginia Symphony Orchestra (for programs in Mathews); Mathews County Historical Society, Inc.; Court House Players; Mathews Public Schools; Mathews Department of Social Services; VersAbility Resources; Mathews County 4-H Foundation; Hands Across Mathews Interfaith Council Inc.; Concerts by the Bay, Inc.; Jacob’s Ladder, Inc.; Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory; The Fairfield Foundation (for school programs); Mathews Boys & Girls Club; Mathews County Triad for senior programs; Bay Aging for transit services; Alzheimer’s Association; Gloucester United Emergency Shelter Team (for services impacting Mathews); Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society; Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad; Partners for Mathews Students; Gloucester Baystars (for soccer programs impacting Mathews children); Mathews Family YMCA; Avalon Center, and Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic. Some of these organizations and agencies received more than one grant for different programs.

The grants are awarded through a public application and board-level review process that is announced every spring. A total of $251,834 was requested by local nonprofits this year, which reflects the level of needs in the region, but all available funds were awarded to those chosen through this process, a release stated.

The mission of the MCF is to improve the quality of life for those living and working in Mathews by encouraging local philanthropy, establishing and maintaining endowment funds, providing donors a way to create enduring charitable funds that reflect their priorities, and making grants that meet changing community needs. Donors may establish funds with a specific purpose, or for general charitable purposes. The MCF is one of three affiliates supported by Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond, which serves Central Virginia.

The assets are managed for maximum return and capital preservation so that grants can be made on a continuing basis in perpetuity, or in whatever manner the donor may wish. 

For example, the Elzy Burroughs Fund for the Preservation of New Point Comfort Lighthouse was established in 2010 by Wilbur C. Burroughs and Wilbur C. Burroughs II in memory of their ancestor, Elzy Burroughs, boatbuilder and first keeper of the lighthouse. The Ransone Family Fund for Education was established to honor the lives of Sterling K. Ransone Sr., M.D., and Charlotte Coalter Enslow Ransone, and it supports a range of educational purposes for Mathews County residents. Those are but two of almost 80 funds administered by the foundation.