ELK GARDEN, W.Va. — The U.S. Wind Force Foundation recently announced the recipients of Clearway’s first round of Black Rock Community Benefit Fund grants.
Twenty-one grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 and totaling $133,214 have been awarded to nonprofit organizations, community service organizations, educational institutions and other institutions in Grant and Mineral.
The 115-megawatt Black Rock Wind Farm, which entered commercial operation in December, is indirectly owned and operated by Clearway Energy Group. The Community Benevolent Fund will provide grants of an additional $50,000 each year to local nonprofit organizations for the duration of the project.
A committee of local residents reviewed over 30 applications for the 2022 grant cycle.
“It was a pleasure to work with all of the committee members to allocate the grant funds and their diligence in the process is greatly appreciated,” said Keri Whitacre, a Mineral County resident who chaired the committee.
The grant recipients were:
• Burlington United Methodist Family Services, $5,000 to furnish a room in the Hope Meadows Recovery House.
• City of Petersburg, $3,522 for the construction of a fence at the Becki Alt Landhart dog park
• Compelled to Change, $5,000 for the Lil Homies mentorship program.
• Developmental Center and Workshop, Inc., $2,650 to purchase 10 document bins for the document destruction program.
• Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College Foundation, Inc., $20,000 to establish a wind technology degree scholarship fund.
• Elk District Ambulance Service, $8,500 to replace the roof of the ambulance.
• Elk District Volunteer Fire Company, $1,000 for the 16th Annual Deer Hunt for the Disabled and Wounded Warriors
• Elk District Volunteer Fire Company, $2,000 to upgrade to LED lights.
• Fountain Volunteer Fire Company, $4,000 to upgrade high-rise rescue equipment.
• Friends of Ashby’s Fort, $2,500 for the installation of lighting equipment at the performance pavilion.
• Friends of Jennings Randolph Lake, $2,500 to build nine permanent wheelchair ramps.
• Grant County Commission, $16,000 for the purchase of playground equipment at Welton Park.
• Keyser Area Little League, $7,600 to install a pitching bullpen, renovate a batting cage and a new concession stand roof.
• Mineral County Convention and Visitors Bureau, $967 for the purchase of nine chairs for the conference room.
• Mount Storm Volunteer Fire Department, $9,000 for the purchase of self-contained breathing apparatus.
• New Creek Elementary School, $1,875 for baseball field improvements and the purchase of soccer nets.
• Petersburg High School, $5,000 for the construction of a basketball locker room.
• Town of Elk Garden, $5,000 for the construction of a new utility building to house the equipment.
• Union Educational Complex, $13,000 to convert an unused classroom into a weight room.
• West Virginia University Potomac State College, $500 for the preservation and digitization of back issues of the Mineral Daily News Tribune.
• WVU Foundation, Inc (FBO -Mineral Co 4-H/FFA Livestock), $12,600 to improve farm building safety at county fairgrounds.
“We are extremely happy to be part of this community,” said Doug Vance, Manager of the Black Rock Wind Facility. “It is an honor to help support such worthwhile local initiatives. »
The awards committee includes Keri Whitacre, chair, Randy Crane, vice-chair, Michael Boggs, Dana Carr, Bill Dunithan, Kristi Evans, Carla Kaposy and Tony Stutts.