Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia Awards Second Round of Grant Funding and Announces Dates for Next Grant Cycle

Abingdon, VA, January 9, 2024 — The Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia is pleased to announce the grant recipients of its second grant application cycle.

This second round of grants included a new classification system, breaking out applications into two categories – HOPE and IMPACT grants. HOPE grants are designed for organizations requesting one-time funding of up to $25,000 while IMPACT grants are designed for organizations requesting either a single-year or multi-year disbursement of funds for projects totaling more than $25,000.

Combined, funding for both HOPE and IMPACT grants resulted in the commitment of over $900,000 to 13 different organizations. Marvin Gilliam, Chair of the Wellspring Foundation Board of Directors, expressed his appreciation for the work local organizations are doing for our region, stating, “We continue to be amazed by the number of organizations working to address issues at the source in an effort to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities. This shows direct alignment with our vision and mission. On behalf of the Wellspring Foundation Board of Directors, I’d like to congratulate the grant recipients.”

Wellspring Foundation Grant Cycle 2 Recipients:

1. Blue Ridge Discovery Center – $18,305.00

2. Bristol Regional Speech & Hearing Center – $12,500.00

3. Johnston Memorial Hospital – $234,448.50

4. Mount Rogers Community Services – $125,000.00

5. Mount Rogers Health District – $34,000.00

6. Mount Rogers Regional Partnership – $25,000.00

7. Path Partnerships – $30,000.00

8. RIP Medical Debt – $13,395.00

9. Russell County Sheriff’s Office – $20,000.00

10. Southwest Virginia 4-H Education Center – $24,800.00

11. Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center – $300,000.00

12. Valley Institute Elementary School – $20,000.00

13. Washington County Career and Technical Education Center – $49,868.90

Sean McMurray, Executive Director of the Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia, shared his excitement for the completion of the first year of grant funding, which included two cycles. “We were thrilled with the high level of interest in funding from the Wellspring Foundation for so many worthy projects that will have meaningful impact on the communities we serve,” said McMurray. “As we prepare for future grant cycles, we look forward to convening groups around regional issues and working collaboratively to identify transformational solutions.”

Project information for each grant listed above can be found by visiting www.wellspringva.org.

The Wellspring Foundation’s next IMPACT grant cycle will open online February 15, 2024, with the next HOPE grant cycle opening in June 2024. For more information on the grant guidelines and application process, visit www.wellspringva.org.


About the Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia

Established in the fall of 2021, the Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia exists to enhance the health and wellbeing for the Virginia residents of Washington, Grayson, Russell and Smyth counties by cultivating goal-oriented partnerships. For more information, visit www.wellspringva.org.

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