June 22, 2003 – The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has awarded 79 mini-grants totaling $40,000 to support projects that focus on improving the lives of children and families throughout the territory.
The awards, to organizations, schools and individuals, range from $300 to $1,000.
The wide variety of programs and projects that they support reflect a diversity of outreach efforts within the community. Grants will help with the purchase of special equipment for nursing mothers and young campers with asthma, emergency response radios, a sewing machine and a concession stand for young entrepreneurs.
Others will provide funding for summer camp programs, marine and athletic activities, visual and performing arts projects, and programs focusing on reading, science, math, foreign languages, historical research, fire safety, nutritional education, computer literacy and parenting skills. One will help fund a cemetery cleanup project. Several are to underwrite the cost of field trips and to provide scholarships for youth programs.
"Developing leadership skills, confidence and academic competency are the goals of many of these programs," a Community Foundation release stated.
"Generous donations from the Angels of CFVI and The Prosser/ICC Foundation source the funding for this annual program," the release said.
Since initiating the mini-grant program in 1997, CFVI has distributed a total of $179,000 to fund the development and implementation of educational programs and community services addressing the needs of youth and families.
CFVI was established in 1990 with an endowment of $500,000. It currently has assets of nearly $2 million. For more information, visit the Community Foundation Web site, e-mail to CFVI, call 774-6031 or write to PO Box 11790, St. Thomas VI 00801.
Mini-grants and projects funded
Carabana Ensemble Theater Co. Inc. – $400 for a partnership with Guy Benjamin School for third and fourth graders.
Friends of the Elaine I. Sprauve Library – $600 for reading logs, books, field trips, cameras and prizes.
Guy Benjamin School – $445 for developing a school choir and purchasing risers.
Julius E. Sprauve School – $300 for equipment and supplies for inquiry-based science enrichment program.
The Safety Zone Inc. – $300 for contests on drawings into murals.
St. John Rescue Inc. – $300 for radios for quick emergency response.
Addelita Cancryn Junior High School's Arts in Education Program – $500 for materials for arts and crafts projects.
Blue Turtle Gallery – $300 for fundamentals of painting in watercolor.
Catholic Charities of the V.I. – $750 for art materials, T-shirts, field trips and a stipend.
Charlotte Amalie High School – $400 for books and/or magazines.
Charlotte Amalie High School English Department – $400 for publishing the newspaper The Reflector.
Charlotte Amalie High School – $300 for improving students' skills through historical research.
Cheetah's Tracks Racing Team Inc. (Charlotte Amalie High School) – $600 for uniforms, running shoes, certificates and awards and possibly travel expenses.
Christian Fellowship Ministries Center – $440 for English, Spanish and French classes.
Church of God of Prophecy – $500 for instructional materials.
Claudette Potter – $400 for staff, supplies and materials for summer camp for children ages 5-13.
Coral World – $425 for educational programs for elementary school children.
Divine Life Enrichment Center – $400 for educational instruction materials and field trips.
Downstreet After-School Program – $500 for field trips.
Estate Bordeaux Summer Camp – $400 for materials, supplies and transportation for preserving ancestors' cultures and traditions.
Family Resource Center – $750 for cellular phones and items for victims and for printing posters.
The Friends of the St. Thomas Public Libraries – $500 for puzzles, games, special books, arts, crafts and snacks.
Future Business Leaders of America. Chapter 11885 – $500 investment in a concession stand.
Michelle D. Geary – $300 for education in nutrition and healthy eating habits for low- and moderate-income families.
Girl Scouts – $400 for camping supplies and materials for troop.
Joseph Gomez Elementary School – $500 for uniforms, equipment and production of 2004 calendar.
Junior League Baseball – $350 for equipment and supplies for games at Kirwan Terrace and meetings and practices at the McBean Center.
KidsCope Inc. – $300 for a portable CD player and headphones.
Leo Club (Charlotte Amalie High School) – $500 for supplies for projects: Adopt-a-Bus-Stop, Adopt-a-Little-Brother-and-Sister, and assisting elderly at Lucinda Millin Home and Ebenezer Gardens.
Marine Kids Corps Inc. – $750 for marine industry educational outreach including swimming and boating classes.
Michael J. Kirwan Elementary School – $500 for sports equipment and supplies for a mentoring program.
Miracle Babies Support Foundation Inc. – $1,000 to purchase a Medelsa Symphony breast pump.
Miss Lorraine's Kidz – $400 for support services, educational field trips and activities.
New Horizons Program (Addelita Cancryn Junior High School) – $500 for materials for research, experiments and hands-on projects in science and for field trips.
One Swim Inc. – $400 for paying instructors, aides and lifeguard.
Project HOPE – $500 for a printer and software for after-school tutorial computer lab.
Reformed Church Future Leaders – $750 for academic tutoring and enrichment activities for second and third grade pupils.
Reichhold Center for the Arts – $800 for youth moviemaking workshop scholarships.
The Rock Collective – $500 for travel expenses for poets and artists.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church – $750 for new texts for 9th and 10th graders. Sts. Peter and Paul School – $500 for CD-ROM's for the Science Department.
School Security Bureau – $400 for transportation to and from field trips, lunch and certificates.
Sigma Theta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. – $600 for Signature after-school program for at-risk students in first through third grades.
Teenagers Bible Club Inc. – $750 for summer day camp activities including arts and crafts, computer training, swimming, field trips, hand and sign language.
Ulla F. Muller Elementary School – $400 for tuning 20 musical instruments.
University of the Virgin Islands Family Life Center – $500 for T-shirts and arts and crafts supplies.
University of the Virgin Islands Humanities Division – production of project portfolios and original books by young authors.
V.I. Institute for Teaching and Learning Inc.- $500 for books, materials and a training workshop.
V.I. Junior Firefighters Corps. – $750 for training in fire prevention, safety, law enforcement, first aid and rescue.
Virgin Islands Resource Center for the Disabled Inc. – $375 for start-up costs.
We From Upstreet Inc. – $500 for arts and crafts supplies.
Wesleyan Academy – $500 for math and reading tutorials and homework assistance for pupils in grades K4-5.
Alfredo Andrews Elementary School – $600 for band flutes, snare drum kits and an instrument repair kit.
Alfredo Andrews Elementary School – $500 for art supplies.
Alfredo Andrews Elementary School – $500 for art supplies to create projects and prizes.
Alfredo Andrews Elementary School – $450 for Jumpstart software for fourth and fifth grades and headphones.
Alfredo Andrews Elementary School – $400 for character-building and inspirational reading materials for teen-agers.
Alfredo Andrews Elementary School – $300 for three Hooked on Phonics Master Readers.
Alfredo Andrews Elementary School – $300 for three Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Kits.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. – $500 for curriculum materials, books and reading software for after-scho
ol tutorial / mentoring program.
CASA of the Virgin Islands – $563 for printing brochures and placing newspaper ads.
Charles H. Emanuel Elementary School's School Improvement Team – $500 for training materials and instructor fees.
Country Day School – $540 for scholarships.
A Creative Adventure Summer Program – $660 for scholarships for low-income students to attend summer program.
Divine Universal Brotherhood and Sisterhood Inc.- $300 for a multimedia exhibit.
Evelyn M. Williams Elementary School – $500 for steelpan replacement and maintenance.
Eulalie R. Rivera Elementary School- $500 for a field trip to Coral World on St. Thomas. Future Business Leaders of America – $300 for materials for cleaning St. Paul's Cemetery.
Good Hope School – $500 for transportation for students to attend an exhibit.
Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center – $500 for crayons and coloring and activity books in English and Spanish.
Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center Asthma Camp – $1,000 to purchase peak flow meters, coolers, lunches and activity gear.
Marley Homes Tenant Council – $400 for a sewing machine, thread, zippers, materials and patterns.
Music In Motion – $500 to create a 20-minute video.
Red Dragon Tae Kwon Do Academy – $500 for training equipment.
St. Ann's Catholic Church Boy Scout Troop No. 112 – $400 for computer parts and software for project technology.
St. Croix (Mary C. McIntosh) – $300 for music and producing concert programs.
The Village VI Partners in Recovery – $400 for transportation to and from schools for youth and for meals.
Westside and Co. Inc./Custom Woods and Creative Designs – $500 to market mahogany clocks, candleholders, jewelry etc.
Women's Coalition of St. Croix – $560 to pay stipends to parents and facilitator for a parenting skills program.
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