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CFVI Awards $336,367 in 2021 Youth Summer Program Grants

Campers shake the percussion rattles they made during the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts’ 16-day Theater, Music and Social Justice Camp, which taught 15 adolescents ages 10 to 13 years-old about music, theater, drumming, African crafts and the meaning of social justice. (photo: Susan Ellis)

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has awarded more than $336,000 in summer program grants to 25 USVI organizations to support a variety of programs serving children and older youth throughout the territory.

Of the total, more than $137,000 was distributed throughout the St. Thomas/St. John District and more than $152,000 on St. Croix. In addition, $47,000 was designated for territory-wide programs.

Funding priority was focused on applicants who were able to demonstrate the ability to serve children of lower-income families, essential workers and other families experiencing COVID-related challenges.

“While virtual, in-person and hybrid programming were all considered, we are pleased to announce that a majority of the summer programs and camps receiving funding were able to find safe ways to serve children in a full-day in-person format,” said CFVI President Dee Baecher-Brown. “Ultimately, that was our hope all along, especially given how much the pandemic has disrupted and changed everything over the past year or so,” she said.

Organizations were able to apply for funding to support operational costs and/or costs associated with providing scholarships for students. Grants ranged from $1,500 for scholarships up to $29,812 for operational costs.

The following is a list of the organizations that received a grant from CFVI for 2021 summer youth programs:

Align Community Inc.

All Saints Cathedral School

Antilles School – scholarships

Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Thomas/St. John

Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts

Center for Educational Growth

Community Action Now

Community R.E.S.T.O.R.E. Inc.

Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism (CHANT)

Education Connections VI

Golden Age Ranch Horse Sanctuary

Island Therapy Solutions – scholarships

Leap and Learn Academy

Marine Vocational Program

My SISTAHS Keeper

Personal Success Network – scholarships

Project Promise

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School – scholarships

St. Croix Environmental Association

St. Croix Montessori School

St. John Revolving Fund (as fiscal sponsor for NEGUS Education World Specialists) – scholarships

St. Thomas Reformed Church

The Leader’s Branch Inc.

University of the Virgin Islands – School of Education Inclusive Child Care Lab and Diagnostic Center

University of the Virgin Islands

Urban Strategies Inc.

This funding was made possible by support from the following CFVI Donor-Advised and Field of Interest Funds, Fiscal Sponsorships and grants to CFVI: Alexander A. Farrelly Milestone Fund, Baebler Family Fund, Building Forward Fund, Carambola Beach Resort & Spa Hospitality & Tourism Fund, Freedom Schools of the VI Fiscal Sponsorship, Hulsman Family Fund, Lana Vento Charitable Trust Fund, Liberty Foundation Grant, Lou Ellen Brown Disabled Children’s Fund, and the TEAM Community Development Fund.

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