CHESTER - The Hancock County Savings Bank Charitable Foundation awarded more than $37,000 in grants to 25 local organizations Thursday at the bank's Chester offices.
"The worthwhile and dedicated work accomplished in our communities by so many individuals and organizations is indeed impressive and humbling," said Catherine Ferrari, bank president and chief executive officer and foundation chair. "The projects outlined in the applications we received are a testament to the commitment, to the compassion and to the impressive achievements of these groups."
The 2012 awardees include ADBC - American Defenders of the Bataan/Corregidor Museum, Brooke County Public Library; Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center; Chester-Newell F.I.S.H. Foundation; Children's Dyslexia Center; Community Bread Basket Inc.; Dunbar Recreation Center; Greater Weirton Senior Citizens Center Inc.; Hancock, Brooke, Ohio Counties Victim Assistance Program; Hancock County Arts Council; Hancock County Senior Wellness Center; Hooverson Heights Primary School; Housing Programs Ltd.; the Juvenile Mediation Program Inc.; Lynn Murray Memorial Library; Museum of Ceramics Foundation; Newell Community Improvement Coalition Inc.; Oak Glen Middle School; Rotary Club of Beaver; Team MOJO Foundation; Tri-State Area Citizens Scholarship Foundation (Dollars for Scholars); United Church Social Service Union Inc.; Weir Middle School; Weirton Christian Center; Wellsburg Middle School; and Youth Services Systems Inc.
"We thank everyone who submitted applications, and we commend them for the work that they do to support the needs of our communities every day," said Ferrari.
Those representing the grant recipients commented many people will benefit from the funding and many critical needs will be met.
The foundation given more than half a million dollars to more than 80 local service and support organizations in 13 years. Funding is derived primarily from contributions by Hancock County Savings as part of its mission, which includes a commitment to supporting the work of community organizations.
The foundation promotes charitable and educational activities and generally provides funding in areas such as seed money for startup costs of new and innovative programs, human services or educational programs, capital and equipment needs, matching grants and one-time grants for programs not requiring refunding.
The next round of grant applications must be submitted by Sept. 30. Following a detailed selection process that includes an evaluation of each application according to the grant guidelines, awards will be announced in November 2013.