The Alleghany Foundation in Covington, Virginia, has announced grants totaling more than $2.5 million to fourteen nonprofit organizations working to improve the quality of life in the Alleghany Highlands.
Grant recipients include the Masonic Theatre Preservation Foundation, which was awarded $1.5 million to help fund the rehabilitation of the Historic Masonic Theatre in Clifton Forge; Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, which will receive $400,000 over two years to expand its nursing program; Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, which was awarded $275,000 for the design, construction, and installation of new highway signage; and the C&O Historical Society, which will receive $93,174 over four years to hire a new general manager who will also manage the Alleghany Historical Society.
In addition, community capacity grants were awarded to a range of nonprofits. Recipients include the Alleghany Highlands Genealogical Society, for new archival materials and technology upgrades, and the Charles P. Jones Memorial Library, for technology upgrades.
"The future of our region lies in the hopes and dreams of its citizens, businesses, and nonprofits to create the best environment in which to live and work," said Alleghany Foundation executive director Mary Fant Donnan. "The foundation and its board continually work to further the economic transformation, educational attainment, health and wellness, community capacity and leadership, and civic vitality of our community."