The Culpeper Wellness Foundation announced that Healthy Living Grants have been awarded to twelve area organizations, totaling over $100,000 for health and wellness projects serving Culpeper, Madison, and Orange counties.

“Once again the Foundation’s Community Grants Advisory Committee was given the privilege of awarding grants to local nonprofits that are working to improve health and wellness in our communities,” said Laura Grigsby, the committee’s chair.  “It is inspiring to learn about the many worthy programs and projects that are happening locally.  The requests for funds totaled nearly three times the funding available which made our job a difficult one.”

Culpeper Wellness Foundation established the Healthy Living Grants program in 2015 to support local organizations in their work to improve health and wellness.   “This year we were able to award $100,000, up from $75,000 in 2017,” said Shari Landry, the Foundation’s president.  “Our volunteer grants committee certainly had their work cut out for them as it wasn’t easy to say no to so many worthwhile efforts.  Ultimately, the committee chose to fund the organizations and projects that will have the greatest chance for success and impact on our communities.”

2018 Healthy Living Grant recipients include:

Orange County Free Clinic – To provide dental care for economically disadvantaged residents.

Piedmont Regional Dental Care – To provide dental care for Winter Heat Shelter Program participants

Friends of Culpeper County Library – To offer a 3 month health and wellness program, “Let’s Get Healthy Culpeper,” in collaboration with other local organizations.

Girls on the Run – To train volunteer coaches to offer Camp GOTR, a one week program designed to build confidence and competence among 8-11 year old girls.

Culpeper Literacy Council – To implement an award winning health literacy program, HEAL, for adult English language learners.

Manna Ministry – To replace kitchen equipment, purchase supplies and offer fresh fruits and vegetables to provide healthier meals.

Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia – To provide programs that promote healthy lifestyles in  Madison and Orange.

Lake of the Woods Fire & Rescue – To acquire two Automated Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation devices.

Sex, Drugs & God – To provide addiction recovery coaching services.

Culpeper Mid-Day Lions Club – To provide hearing aides for low income Culpeper residents.

Paul Stefan Foundation – To replace a fire escape as required to house women and children who are facing homelessness.

Rappu, Inc. – To provide scholarships for Culpeper and Madison students applying for healthcare training courses.

About The Foundation

The Culpeper Wellness Foundation is an independent 501 (c) (3) non-profit that invests its time and resources in community initiatives that improve health and promote wellness in Culpeper, Madison, and Orange Counties. The Foundation operates the Free Clinic of Culpeper, Powell Wellness Center and Culpeper Sport & Fitness. To learn more about the Foundation or how you can invest in keeping our community healthy, call 540-445-5414.