Bob Radabaugh, a Sand Fork oil and gas company co-owner, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation.
"This association of Gilmer, Calhoun, and Wirt Counties hasn't been getting enough publicity, but it's a good fit for Gilmer County," Bob commented.
As a member of the multifaceted charity, Radabaugh will be helping the foundation decide which local businesses will be supported. When a business is selected, the group will provide support for capital and equipment projects; program development; technical assistance, training and capacity building projects; and operating support. Operating support grants target organizations that provide essential community services or offer programs that meet basic human needs and that seek to increase their financial stability and/or expand their capacity to provide services.
The LKACF requires that for organizations to be eligible for operating support, they must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (operating support is not available to governmental entities, schools, or entities that do not have 501(c)(3) status; have been in continuous operation for at least five years; have a proven track record; have an overall sound financial history (at least prior to the present need); to be able to demonstrate strong management; and must have previously received support from the Foundation.
In addition, to be considered for a grant, the applicant business must be a private, non-profit organization, tax exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution. To be eligible for a grant either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in the Foundation's 11-county geographic service area (which includes Gilmer, Doddridge, Ritchie, and Calhoun Counties).
Current programs benefiting from the LKACF include the Summer Youth Program of Parkersburg. The foundation introduced the fellowship to improve access to employment for students and to develop civic leadership capacity and interest. In 2014, the foundations will employ up to 32 students. These lucky students receive interest-related paid summer jobs in their hometowns and an opportunity to build networks and skills toward post-graduation employment.
The LKACF's assistance has been quite a boon to the Summer Youth Program ... participation has increased annually. And qualifying local employers (nonprofits, businesses and government) will receive a summer intern at no cost, except for their willingness to provide a meaningful experience to the intern. Potential employers interested in hosting an intern may wish to contact Jim Strader, program director, at 304.482.7651.
To access the online application from, visit the foundations' website, www.pacfwv.com and go to the Grants section. Under "Applications and Forms," you will find a link to the online Community Action Grant application.