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Tucker Community Foundation benefits local programs

Submitted photo Runners participate in the Tucker Community Foundation’s annual Run For It race.

PARSONS — The Tucker Community Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization serving the Potomac Highlands region of West Virginia and Garrett County, Maryland.

The Tucker Community Foundation was started in response to the floods of 1985 when a group of Tucker citizens realized the need for more local resources. The Tucker Community Endowment Foundation registered with the state as a formal entity in 1989. In 2008 the name changed to Tucker Community Foundation.

Over the years, their service area has expanded to include seven counties in West Virginia (Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Preston, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker) and Garrett County, Maryland. The Tucker Community Foundation currently manages more than 130 endowed funds serving the region. Assets exceed $24 million.

The Tucker Community Foundation’s mission is to create opportunities for the communities in which they serve. It facilitates charitable donations intended for local use.

The Foundation offers a variety of gifting options that cater to donors of all income levels. Also, it manages endowed funds for donors who want to establish and name a permanent fund for a cause they are passionate about. Donor advised funds are an option.

The Foundation has partnered on collaborative projects with other community leaders for programs and events such as Run For It, Tucker Boulder Park, Youth Philanthropy Initiative and Potomac Highlands Volunteer Center.

The Endowed Funds are invested for growth and income, protecting the original principal donation. The income earned provides annual grant and scholarship awards. Since 1989, the Tucker Community Foundation has distributed more than $11 million in grant and scholarship awards throughout the region.

The Tucker Community Foundation recently accepted grant applications for the 2019 grant season.

This year more than $65,000 will be awarded in grant funding to organizations, volunteer groups and folks working to create positive change in their communities in Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Preston, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties of West Virginia as well as Garrett County, Maryland. To be considered, groups must be working within the Foundation’s eight-county service area.

To make the process easier, applications are divided into two categories – mini-grants and grants.

“For us grant season is always a time of inspiration,” said Kelly Stadelman, interim executive director of Tucker Community Foundation. “Every year we are blown away by the efforts of hard-working folks who are investing their energy and brain power into improving the places they live and work. And as a community foundation, we are honored to get to play a small role in helping grassroots groups and community organizations bring about the change they want to see.”

Grant applications can cover a wide range of charitable service areas including the arts, education, health, emergency services, community development, parks, libraries, historic preservation and more. In past years, grants awarded have helped a high school theater group afford building supplies to construct a set or a church’s food pantry restock its shelves or a search and recovery crew afford new emergency equipment.

The Foundation’s grant funding is due to the generosity of donors who have established and contributed to the more than 130 endowed funds and unrestricted funds established through the Foundation. While some funds are targeted to support specific charitable areas, others are written to have much wider reaches.

For example, the Preston Community Fund is an unrestricted endowment designed to support nonprofits working throughout Preston County. In addition, this is the first year the Randolph Community Fund will be awarding grants to nonprofit organizations serving Randolph County. Applications for the Preston Community Fund and the Randolph Community Fund can be found separately on the Foundation’s website. All grant awards are based on a competitive application process.

To see the full list of endowed funds supporting this year’s grant season, visit www.tuckerfoundation.net/endowed-funds/grants .

In addition to online applications, grant applications can be picked up in-person at the Foundation’s Main Office in Parsons located at 100 Education Lane.

The Foundation’s main office is located in Parsons on the second floor of the Tucker County Board of Education Annex. Tucker Community Foundation is a founding member of WV Grantmakers. For more information, visit tuckerfoundation.net or call 304-478-2930.