The Stealey Community Fund is continuing its tradition of supporting projects and programs that make a difference in Middlebourne.
The fund, which is a component of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley Inc., has announced awards totaling $276,724 for 2013. The funds will be divided among 13 organizations, benefiting 19 different projects.
Ruth Stealey Green, the fund's benefactor, required that any project receiving funding must benefit the Middlebourne-area community. Green was a retired school teacher who died at age 84 on Feb. 14, 1996, at her home in Middlebourne. She created the fund in honor of herself and her brother, Philip Stealey, who died in 1993.
The Stealey family had a long history in the development of the town of Middlebourne and its activities. Interest accrued from the endowment is awarded annually to qualified and approved applicants.
It was Green's desire that when grant awards are made, special consideration be given to programs and projects that will improve the quality of life of the residents of Middlebourne, such as improved library, recreational, municipal and youth services.
This year's allocation will bring the total amount of grant awards to nearly $3 million since the fund was endowed in 1998, according to Susie Nelson, executive director of the Community Foundation. The CFOV annually distributes and administers the Stealey fund.
"This is a tremendous asset for the community of Middlebourne," said Nelson. "To have this type of funding available annually has made a marked difference in the areas targeted by Mrs. Green."
The two largest awards, of $50,000 each, were allocated to the Middlebourne Emergency Medical Services squad for the purchase of a new ambulance and the town of Middlebourne for its bicentennial celebration.
The town of Middlebourne will celebrate its 200th birthday this year during the June 20 weekend celebration of the 150th birthday of the State of West Virginia. Middlebourne officials have planned three days of festivities in honor of the town's heritage.
Other projects funded for 2013 include: