The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region Tuesday awarded $577,600 in new grants to 45 non-profit community agencies.


The foundation was incorporated in 1996 and has already returned more than $13.8 million in community grants and scholarships.

This year's grants contain $250,000 in funding made available by a grant from the Danville Regional Foundation.

The following grants were approved by Community Foundation's distribution committee and board of directors:

Air Force Association, Chapter 240 - ($1,500) - to provide matching grant funding to city and county K-12 science teachers (Herbert Sater Fund);

ATT Search and Rescue Dogs of Virginia - ($1,600) - to purchase a laptop computer and printer to assist in search operations and communications (Clarence L. Giles Fund);

Averett University - ($23,500) - to provide matching funds to hire a director of autism studies to oversee expansion of the autism educational initiative and early intervention programs (Clarence L. Giles Fund, John C. Swanson, Jr. Fund);

Bachelors Hall Volunteer Fire Department - ($25,000) to assist in purchasing two new defibrillators for emergency vehicles (James Russell and Zora Carter Anderson Fund);

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Danville Area - ($20,000) to update and renovate the games room at the clubs in Danville and Chatham (James Russell and Zora Carter Anderson Fund, Faye Carter Fund, Niles Daly Fund, Pat and Cathy Daly Family Fund, Philip and Frances Daly Fund, Herbert Sater Fund);

Brosville Community Volunteer Fire Department - ($15,000) to assist in purchasing a new ambulance in 2012 (James Russell and Zora Carter Anderson Fund, Faith Home Fund);

Cascade Volunteer Fire Department - ($15,000) to assist in purchasing a quick-attack brush/wild land firefighting truck (James Russell and Zora Carter Anderson Fund);

Caswell County Partnership for Children - ($10,000) to provide a "Raising a Reader" program for low-income children in Caswell County (Ahmed Children's Fund, James Russell and Zora Carter Anderson Fund, Claudia Vernon Smith Fund);

City of Danville - Division of Social Services - Neighbors Helping Neighbors - ($15,000) to assist eligible and vulnerable low-income households in payments for immediate energy needs (James Russell and Zora Carter Anderson Fund, John C. Swanson, Jr. Fund);

City of Danville - Danville Police Department - ($5,000) to help provide Cops and Kids Summer Program for students to foster positive relationships with policemen (Faye Carter Fund, John C. Swanson, Jr. Fund);

Danville Area Choral Arts Society - ($1,500) to present a holiday music concert for the community (Clarence L. Giles Fund);

Danville Community College - Nursing Program - ($20,000) to purchase a birthing simulator for the college's nursing students (James Russell and Zora Carter Anderson Fund);

Danville Concert Association - ($3,500) to help bring the Los Angeles Piano Quartet to Danville for a full-length public concert (John C. Swanson, Jr. Fund);

Danville Family YMCA - ($5,000) to purchase furniture for the YMCA childcare program (Faye Carter Fund, Harry Melton Hood Fund, James A. and Anne V. Robertson Fund, John C. Swanson, Jr. Fund);

Danville Pittsylvania Community Services - ($10,000) to provide oral healthcare for low-income, high-need adults with behavioral health disorders who are enrolled with DPCS (Faith Home Fund);

God's Pit Crew - ($5,000) to assist in purchasing a 2012 Utility 3000R Refrigerated trailer for the transportation of products to increase their capacity for distribution (Clarence L. Giles Fund);

God's Storehouse - ($6,000) to assist in purchasing new computers to better serve clients when checking in (James Russell and Zora Carter Anderson Fund, Clarence L. Giles Fund, John C. Swanson, Jr. Fund);

Gretna Little Theatre - ($5,000) to help grow programs in variety and number (W. Earl and Elise M. G. Allen Fund, Faith Home Endowment Fund);

Gunn Memorial Public Library - ($2,000) to help Caswell County residents continue their education and embrace new technologies with a fun, new method of learning through reading (Gamewood Technology Fund);

Mount Cross Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department - ($5,000) to help pay down the balance owed on a 2006 Freightliner fire engine/emergency crash truck (Faith Home Fund, James A. and Anne V. Robertson Fund);

Oak Grove Residential Care - ($6,000) to correct a major problem with the facility's fire sprinkler system (W. Earl and Elise M. G. Allen Fund, Audrey Millner Fund);

Pittsylvania County - Special Operations Team - ($10,000) to provide personal protective equipment and rope rescue training for members of the team (Faith Home Endowment Fund);

Pittsylvania County Literacy Program - ($2,000) to assist adult students in achieving their literacy goals by purchasing new and updated materials (W. Earl and Elise M. G. Allen Fund);

Pittsylvania County Schools - Tunstall High School - ($500) to assist with costs related to participating in the FIRST Robotics FTC Competition (Gamewood Technology Fund);

The Arc of the Southside - ($114,000) to prepare and move people with disabilities into the community workforce (Faith Home Endowment Fund).

Danville Regional Foundation


The following grants were awarded as a result of foundation's grant-making partnership with the Danville Regional Foundation;

Blairs Fire and Rescue - ($25,000) to update the station to become an emergency shelter;

Caswell County Parish - ($24,000) to implement and operate a mobile food pantry in Caswell County;

Danville Cancer Association - ($20,000) to assist with costs of cancer-related prescriptions for our local cancer patients in need of assistance;

Danville Life Saving and First Aid Crew - ($23,000) to purchase an off-road, all-terrain emergency response vehicle to provide better access to the Riverwalk Trail;

Danville/Pittsylvania Regional Fire Training Center - ($5,000) to help purchase a forcible entry prop for training in forcing doors for the purpose of rescue or fire extinguishment;

Danville-Pittsylvania Habitat for Humanity - ($10,000) to purchase building materials to construct a 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom house for a family at 652 Lee Street;

Danville Science Center - ($18,000) to fund a portion of the fees for the traveling exhibits, Wild Music and Robots+Us;

Danville Speech and Hearing Center - ($12,500) to provide speech/language pathology services and supplies to uninsured, low income and under insured citizens of the Dan River Region who present a communication disorder;

Danville Symphony Orchestra - ($5,000) to assist in presenting a series of four free, live orchestral music concerts for the general public of Danville and Southside Virginia;

Danville Youth Grow - The First Tee of Danville - ($10,000) to promote the core values of The First Tee through an outreach effort to the community;

Institute for Advanced Learning and Research - ($13,000) to help develop a "STEM" University providing hands-on education to 300 K-12 students during out-of-school hours;

Keeling Volunteer Fire Department - ($9,000) to assist in purchasing replacement command lights for the front of the front line pumper and tanker;

Northern Pittsylvania Food Center - ($20,000) to provide food to those in need in the northern portion of Pittsylvania County;

Piedmont Access to Health Services (PATHS) - ($10,000) to enable ongoing access to basic mental health services for the low-income, uninsured in Danville/Pittsylvania County through the "New Lease on Life" Program;

Prospect Hill Volunteer Fire Department - ($15,000) to construct a garage addition to their current building for housing a mobile air unit;

Providence Fire and Rescue - ($10,000) to purchase a thermal imaging camera;

Riceville Java Volunteer Fire Department - ($4,000) to purchase equipment for pumper truck to assist in extinguishing large fires;

Semora Volunteer Fire Department - (3,000) to purchase replacement equipment for first responder/brush truck;

The Salvation Army of Danville, VA - ($6,000) to address some much-needed renovations to the facility;

Yanceyville Fire and Rescue - ($8,000) to purchase and install a mobile information system in a first-out fire truck.

Previously awarded grants

The following grants were also recognized but have been previously awarded from donor advised and designated funds:

P. L. Anderson, Jr. Family Fund

Boys and Girls Club of Danville

First Baptist Church

Free Clinic of Danville

The Salvation Army

Gary A. and Sherry M. Carroll "Good for Youth" Fund

Westover Christian Academy

Christian Charities Fund

God's Pit Crew

Little Life Pregnancy Center

James L. Clark and Henrietta Clark Fund

Danville Life Saving Crew and Rescue Squad

Moffett Memorial Baptist Church

Dan River Inc. Endowment Fund

Averett University

Danville Community College Educational Foundation

Danville Concert Association

Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History

Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber Foundation

Danville Symphony Orchestra

Free Clinic of Danville

God's Storehouse

House of Hope

United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County

Davis Family Fund

Averett University

Bassett Memorial United Methodist Church

Danville Cancer Association

Longwood University

Martinsville Cemetery Fund

Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church

Gantsoudes Family Fund

Danville Cancer Association

St. Peter's Greek Orthodox Church

Garden Club of Danville Fund and Alma Courtney "Sigie" Perkinson Rose Fund

Garden Club of Danville

Bobby Hawker Memorial Fund

Pittsylvania County Community Action

Holland Fund and Wynne's Falls Fund

Cross Roads Reconciliation Services

Larry Donald Huskey Memorial Fund

Crisis Line of Virginia

Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation

Piedmont Access to Health Services

Kang-A-Rhue Children's Cancer Fund

Ronald McDonald House of Roanoke

Keokee Fund

Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science and Technology

Alexander Heath Light & Mary Nelson Light Mission Fund

Oak Grove Residential Care

Herman and Helen Melton Historical Fund

Pittsylvania County Historical Society

Miller Woodbury Fund

Cape Fear Academy

Moses & Louise A. Merricks Fund

God's Storehouse

Mount Cross Volunteer Fire and Rescue

Wayles Harrison Cancer Fund

Morotock Arts and Culture Fund

Averett University

Danville Area Choral Arts Society

Danville Community College

Danville Concert Association

Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History

Benjamin M. Sugg Fund

Clover Cemetery

The Community Foundation's next grant cycle will begin in June for projects to be funded in 2013.

The foundation's office can be reached at 541 Loyal Street, Danville, Va, 24541, (434) 793-0884 or


As published 01/21/2012 in the Star Tribune, Chatham, VA