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MCF awards more than $158,000 in 2019 grants

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.; Coasta...

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