2015 Grant Awards

10419974_740506786026636_1100201767264774164_nSeelinger Legacy of Giving Continues

In 2009 Mrs. Frances Seelinger made the decision to cease the operations of the Seelinger Family Foundation. Together with her daughter, Kay Duvall and the entire Foundation Board of Trustees, they chose to create a perpetual fund with the Nicholas County Community Foundation (NCCF), thereby ensuring that the people of Nicholas County would benefit from their generosity for generations to come. Since creating Seelinger Family Fdn. Fund with the Nicholas County Community Foundation, the community has benefited from over $620,000 in grants and scholarships.

Cammie Chapman, chairperson of the NCCF grant distribution committee, noted that “we are honored to continue the Seelinger Families legacy of giving throughout Nicholas County. We met and reviewed every grant request submitted. This year, as always, we had some very difficult decisions to make.”

$99,195 was awarded through the 2015 Seelinger Family Foundation Fund grants to the following organizations:

Nicholas County 4-H Program – $2,351 ($1,757 from the Steve and Joy Ferguson Family Fund) to host multiple county project workshops.

– Brown Oaks – $9,138 to construct a gate and entrance to the property.

– Craigsville Public Library – $5,000 to purchase books.

– Ivy & Stone – $10,000 for the Arts in Education program.

– Love Works Inc. – $6,118 ($1,031 from the Michael & Martha Perilli Legacy Fund) to assist low income families with toiletries and cleaning items as well as repair a floor safety issue in their offices.

– Make-A-Wish – $3,900 to fulfill a wish of one Nicholas County resident.

– New Hope Community Foundation – $6,300 to install a quarter mile crushed gravel walking track and benches.

– Gauley River Elementary – $648 to build raised beds gardens for each classroom.

– High Rocks – $2,500 to assist with afterschool materials for at risk girls from Nicholas County.

– Indian Rocks Ruritan Club – $1, 638 to purchase new picnic tables, a lawn mower and weedeater.

– Old Main Foundation – $10,000 to assist with exterior preservation projects.

– Panther Creek Elementary – $11,865 to purchase 15 wireless, smart TV’s to be used for technological instruction integration.

– Richwood Middle School – $1,500 to purchase 5 two way radios to use in emergency situations.

– Richwood High School Lumberjack Band – $15,000 to purchase 4 concert tubas, cases and provide a drum major stand.

– Richwood Kids Duatholon – $1, 525 to assist with the purchase or materials and snacks needed for a bike fitness program and race.

– Richwood Chamber Main Street project – $2,500 to purchase folding chairs, tables, canopies and assist with artists for the Richwood Concert series.

– Summersville Christmas Store – $7,000 to assist low income families with the purchase of Christmas presents.

– Summersville Public Library – $5,000 to purchase books.

In addition to the Seelinger Family Fund Grants this year the new Community Catalyst Fund was added. Members of the Community Catalyst Fund make a $300 tax deductible donation to be a part of the membership, after viewing pitches from non-profit organizations at Pitch Night the members of the Community Catalyst Fund cast their vote for the organizations to receive up to $5,000 each. The first pitch night was held October 15th, 2015, the eager membership saw pitches from 6 organizations. Those selected by the committee were:

Summersville Public Library – $5,000 to create the Curiosity Collection

Summersville Elementary School – $5,000 for the One Town, One Book program

Nicholas County Childhood Hunger Prevention – $5,000 to assist with supplying food for weekend food bags for a local school

If you are interested in being part of the 2016 Community Catalyst Fund please contact our Executive Director at 872-0202.


Donors with donor advised funds or donor designated funds made the following grant distributions during the 2014 year:

Bread of Life Food Pantry – from the Tallamy Family Fund

Bread of Life Food Pantry –  from the Sigler Family Fund

Summersville Regional Medical Center –  from the  Bruce and Pam Ferguson family fund

Summersville Regional Medical Center –  from the  Mike and Martha Perilli family fund

Summersville Elementary School –  from the Bright family fund

Summersville Elementary School –  from the PW Bright fund

Summersville Middle School –  from the Bright Employees fund

Wilderness Volunteer Fire Dept. –  from the Steve and Jamie Antoline Family Fund

Summersville Public Library – from the Steve and Marty Davis Family Fund

The Nicholas County Community Foundation accepts grant requests annually for projects valued up to $15,000 that benefit the people of Nicholas County. The due date for applications is September 1st of each year.   Ms. Chapman, Grant Distribution Chair, encourages “organizations to learn more about the application process on the website http://nccfwv.com/wordpress/receive/grants/ and consider applying.     We cannot give grants to worthy causes who do not submit a request. We are honored and excited every year to give out these grant awards and look forward to giving out more in the future”.

For more information on the Nicholas County Community Foundation, the grant application process, or to learn how you can set up a fund to support a cause you care about contact  the NCCF Office at (304) 872-0202 or by email at NCCFWV@GMAIL.COM.