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CCF announces grants for local projects

The Cavendish Community Fund has announced that it awarded three grants to local organizations for educational projects that will benefit Cavendish residents. The first grant went to the Proctorsville Fire Department to help fund its Junior Firefighter training program. Junior firefighters are youth ages 12-17 who have an interest in becoming the next generation of firefighters. The program gives these youth skills and confidence to be fully functional when they reach the age to join as full members of the department. More specifically, the grant will pay for face masks and other equipment to help outfit the junior firefighters so their training achieves its goals.

The second grant went to Stepping Stones Preschool to enable it to partner with the Grafton Nature Museum in order to offer students a variety of nature classes and studies.  The programs are indoor and outdoor, hands on explorations geared to maximize preschoolers' grasp of nature topics. Topics include bats, amphibians, beavers, insects, owls, wetlands, and animals in winter. The grant will pay for the materials necessary to teach the series of classes.

Finally the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library received a grant to train Cavendish residents free of charge in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) techniques. The class will be limited to twenty local residents with the goal of making Cavendish a "Heart Saver Town." Currently less than twelve percent of individuals who go into cardiac arrest survive. The survival rate doubles or triples if CPR is administered immediately. The grant will pay the cost of residents' tuition to the classes.

The Cavendish Community Fund has awarded more than $22,000 in grants since 2007 to local groups and individuals for programs of an educational, artistic or cultural nature.  The next round of grants will be awarded in the spring and the application deadline will be announced in late winter.  For more information on the CCF, please visit the website