Seely Foundation gives $235,575 in grants for children’s programs

The Tom and Virginia Seely Foundation announced on June 20 it has awarded $235,575 in grants to over two-dozen nonprofit organizations serving the children of Morgan County.

The local non-profits receiving Seely Foundation grants in 2024 include Boys & Girls Club’s Morgan County unit for $10,000; CASA of the Eastern Panhandle for $10,000; and Wind Dance Farm & Earth Education Center for $9,640.

Warm Springs Middle School’s girls and boys wrestling team was awarded $3,000; WSMS boys basketball team was awarded $3,000, and the WSMS band was awarded $2,666.

Morgan County Soccer League was awarded $5,470; Morgan County Tennis Association was awarded $5,900; Trinity Asbury UMC vacation bible school received $2,500; and Morgan County Association for Food and Farms received $6,500.

Morgan County Parks & Recreation’s back-to-school bash was awarded $7,198; Morgan County Little League received $1,000; and Stepping Stones to a Brighter Future received $7,000.

Morgan Arts Council was awarded $10,000; Morgan County Partnership was awarded $10,000 for Too Good for Drugs and Bovin Life Skills, and $10,000 for Positive Action and Too Good for Violence.

Berkeley Springs High School’s fishing club was awarded $4,500; BSHS track and field team was awarded $10,000; BSHS girls soccer team was awarded $795; BSHS cheer was awarded $9,000; BSHS therapy dog training was awarded $4,570; and the BSHS performing arts department received $10,000.

Cacapon State Park Foundation was awarded $3,126; Life or Drugs Tri-State Support received $10,000; and Brighter Horizons Kids Club was awarded $10,000.

Paw Paw Public Library was awarded $3,375; Paw Paw Little League was awarded $4,500; Morgan County CEOS (Community Educational Outreach Service) garden club was awarded $3,000; and Morgan County Public Library was awarded $6,435.

WVU Extension Master Gardeners of Morgan County was awarded $3,000; Morgan County Starting Points was awarded $10,000 for basic needs pantries, and $10,000 for Morgan County backpacks.

The Morgan County observatory was awarded $10,000; Black Cat Music Cooperative was awarded $10,000; and Greenwood School Community Center was awarded $9,400.

In partnership with the Seely Foundation, the Paradox fund has awarded $93,795 in grants for 2024 to benefit community learning.

Grants from the Paradox fund were awarded to Morgan County Starting Points’ nutrition coach for $24,779; Black Cat Music Cooperative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) mentorship for $16,500; and Morgan County Starting Points for $10,000 to provide seafood for backpacks.

Last fall, $22,016 in awards was given to local teachers to help them create outstanding learning experiences for their students.

Berkeley Springs High School was awarded another $2,000 in recognition of the excellent learning experiences teachers created.

Additionally, $13,000 was awarded to a variety of local organizations in support of community learning programs.

Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, religious institutions, schools, and governmental agencies serving Morgan County children may apply for 2025 grants.

The Seely Foundation’s mission is to help provide educational, athletic, social, civic, and community-based opportunities for local children.

Founded in 1997 by Tom and Virginia Seely, the foundation has awarded over $2 million in competitive grants to date.