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Make it Happen Grants Awarded

Four programs awarded Make it Happen grants from the PATH Foundation

Warrenton, Va., January 26, 2018 — The PATH Foundation awarded four Make it Happen grants recently for projects focused on safety, children’s wellness and family activities. The total granted for these new programs is $18,985.79, leaving the Make it Happen program with approximately $231,000 in available funds for the year.

  • $2,250 to Girls on the Run Piedmont, for a volunteer-led running program that builds social, emotional, and physical skills for girls from the Cedar Lee Boys & Girls Club. This collaborative effort with will help GOTR serve families that utilize the extended aftercare options that the Boys & Girls Club provides.
  • $4,146.48 to P. B. Smith Elementary for Mindfulness in the Classroom programming curricula that promotes mental health wellness and improved academic outcomes. Teachers will work toward creating calming classroom environments so students can excel as lifelong learners.
  • $9,149.95 to the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office for the Project Lifesaver program, a tracking system that locates individuals prone to wandering, such as those with autism, dementia, or other cognitive disorders.
  • $3,439.36 to Warrenton Youth Sports Club for their Ping Pong with a Parent program the fosters multigenerational team building. WYSC will offer weekly club sessions, as well as special tournaments for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

“We love to see new ideas come in through the Make it Happen grants as we see it as a great way to quickly get a program up and running. Congratulations to these organizations for finding interesting ways to make our communities brighter,” said Christy Connolly, PATH Foundation president and CEO.

The PATH Foundation Make it Happen grant program is designed to engage the community to develop new, innovative programs in Fauquier, Rappahannock and northern Culpeper Counties. It has a rolling deadline with $250,000 available annually. Two categories are offered:  one for small and rapid projects that can be completed within 90 days with requests of $10,000 or less; the second category funds mid-size projects that can be completed within six months with requests of $25,000 or less. Eligible applicants include 501(c)3 nonprofits, government entities, and religious organizations for non-religious purposes that service Fauquier, Rappahannock and Northern Culpeper counties.

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