MIDDLEBOURNE - 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 monies 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 the age of 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 for the Ohio Valley Inc. 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.
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:
* $8,420 to Middlebourne Youth League for youth sports
* $13,925 to Adams House Ministries for operating costs
* $5,195 to Tyler County Board of Education, SALT Club, for phase three of a landscaping project at the Tyler Consolidated High School soccer complex
* $39,560 to Middlebourne Parks and Recreation Department for operating expenses
* $36,000 to Council of Senior Tyler Countians Inc. for replacement of the roof and sidewalks at its wellness center
* $1,850 to Boreman Elementary School to purchase a bass xylophone
* $8,952 to Boreman Elementary School for the School Day Plus program
* $1,000 to Tyler County Master Gardeners to support a farmers' market manager for the 2013 season
* $4,183 to Tyler County Master Gardeners to complete a landscaping project at the Tyler County Public Library in Middlebourne
* $5,700 to the Town of Middlebourne for holiday events
* $6,300 to the Town of Middlebourne to complete a sidewalk at the Tyler County Public Library
* $2,100 to ArtsLink Inc. for a performance of the Shakespeare National Players
* $18,000 to Middlebourne Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of a generator
* $4,700 to Middlebourne United Methodist Church for Community Vacation Bible School
* $2,500 to Tyler County 4-H Leaders Association for educational programs for the 2014 camp
* $2,000 to Tyler County 4-H Leaders Association for educational programs for the 2013 camp
* $16,338 to Tyler County Public Library for operating costs.