The Tri-Cities have received more than $100,000 in grants recently from the Robert E. “Bob” Frazier Tri-Cities Charitable Foundation to aid the area in funding projects ranging from repairing lighting in Cumberland to repairs at the Sleepy Hollow Golf Course.
According to a press release, the foundation announced grants totaling $112,540.59 to local groups in the Tri-Cities for the fall grant 2015. The awards included grants to the city of Cumberland to change the lighting around the Cumberland Senior Center, a $20,000 grant to the city of Lynch for Phase I of the primitive campground & connection of horse trails to Letcher County, $50,000 to Southeast Community and Technical College earmarked for an education TV studio, and $13,337.59 to the Harlan Fiscal Court to be used on equipment repairs and a security system for the Sleepy Hollow Golf Course. The Cumberland Elementary School received a total of $26,628 in grant money, with $5,000 for the Academic team $8,000 going to the After School Back Pack Program, $2,000 for 5th grade math, $6,000.00 for the Middle School baseball team $5,628 to be used for Kindergarten classes.
Cumberland Mayor Carolyn Elliott said her city is thankful for the grant, and the plan is to change the lighting near the Senior Citizens Center.
“We’re going to fix the lights that were purchased years ago,” Elliott said. “We had to have some wiring done in them, now we’ve found out the sockets need to be changed out in order to make them last.”
Elliott mentioned the city has already gotten a contractor to do the job.
“We hope (the lights) will provide years of service,” Elliott said.
Cumberland Elementary School Principal Sheila Hall explained the grant money will be put to good use at Cumberland Elementary.
“With all the job cuts in the community…we have lost funding in our backpack program,” said Hall.
Hall mentioned the backpack program sends food home with children who need it. She said the grants will also be a great help to the Academic team, kindergarten classes, baseball team and other recipients.
“There’s almost never enough money to run a program as effectively as you would want,” Hall said. “The Bob Frazier grant has helped to keep our athletic teams looking very competitive and attractive. With our academics, the money they have given has helped us be able to provide resources and materials — things that are needed — to provide our students with an effective and meaningful education.”
The meeting announcing the grants was held at the Tri-City Senior Citizen Center with foundation board members announcing the awards.
The next grant applications will be due on April 29. Information and applications may be obtained from Bobbie Gothard, grant administrator, (606)524-4964.
The foundation was formed several years ago by the will of the late R. E. “Bob” Frazier. Mr. Frazier, a longtime business owner, set up the foundation to give away money he had amassed throughout his life time for the benefit of entities in Cumberland, Benham and Lynch.
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