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This week, the all-volunteer, nonprofit Nelson County Community Fund, Inc. (NCCF) awarded $129,610 to 14 nonprofit organizations that support Nelson County residents. Both the award total and the number of organizations given grants surpassed NCCF’s previous awards. The funds will help a wide range of organizations, from pediatric dental care, sexual assault survivor outreach initiatives, and nonviolent self-defense to emergency home repairs, and food and nutritional support.

“For 20 years, NCCF has been able to aid Nelson County’s most vulnerable thanks to our generous donors,” said Ken Heise, NCCF president. “By supporting our community nonprofits and initiatives we can help ensure that everyone in our region can thrive.”

NCCF donates money to nonprofits twice a year. In 2021, NCCF has issued $191,110 in grants to 18 community organizations and initiatives. Since its inception in 2000, NCCF has invested in Nelson County by giving $1,860,529 to 67 agencies and programs, such as medical facilities and community centers, food banks, housing assistance groups, and student/teacher educational projects.

Organizations Funded in the Summer 2021 NCCF Grant Cycle

American Red Cross of Central Virginia The BridgeLine Collect, test & distribute blood to residents
The BridgeLine Outreach: brain injuries programs
Blue Ridge Medical Center Medical Assistance Program Medication assistance program
Blue Ridge Medical Center Medical Pediatric Dentistry Pediatric dental care & referral
Fight Like a Grrrl Inc. Non-violent self-defense
Millennium Group — Nelson Heritage Center Purchase gym equipment
Nature Foundation of Wintergreen Educational programs & teaching materials
Nelson County Community Development Foundation Emergency home repair for elderly & people with disabilities
Piedmont Habitat for Humanity Add repair specialist to perform affordable home repairs
Piedmont Housing Alliance Refrigeration for food assistance for Ryan School Apartments
Sexual Assault Resource Agency Survivor services & outreach
Unity in Community Outreach Ministry Support residents in need with emergency assistance
VA Hunters Who Care Venison for the hungry