The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV) and its affiliate, the Smith-Goshen Rice Enrichment Fund, recently announced grant awards totaling $44,700 to 15 organizations supporting projects in Belmont County.

The Smith-Goshen Rice Enrichment Fund was created in 2013 by a group of landowners and Rice Energy in Belmont County, Ohio to give back to the community. The fund awards annual grants addressing a variety of community needs through a competitive application process.

"The Smith-Goshen Rice Enrichment Fund has made tremendous strides towards philanthropy in Belmont County. We encourage others to learn more about how they can become involved in the giving process by contacting a committee member or CFOV directly," shared Susie Nelson, executive director of CFOV.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations: 5 Loaves Food Ministry, $1,500 for support of the program; Barnesville St. Vincent de Paul's new building project, $10,000; Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department, $2,900 for equipment; Belmont County General Health District, $2,000 for Cribs for Kids; Belmont County Military Veterans Museum, $1,000 for support for accessibility project; Belmont County Student Services, $2,300 for In the Middle supporting a substance and addiction free life; Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department, $2,500 for purchase of rescue tool; Glencoe Economic Development Committee, $2,000 toward community/youth center; Morristown Park Commission, $2,500 for the Lynn Hunkler Memorial Park Playground Project; Salvation Army Belmont County, $2,000 toward purchase of new van; Smith Township Volunteer Fire Company, $2,500 toward purchase of emergency shelter; Switzerland of Ohio School District, $3,000 for Blessings in a Backpack program; Tri-County Help Center, $3,000, support for Belmont County Human Trafficking Coalition; Village of Bethesda Police Department, $5,000 toward equipment purchase; Village of Morristown/Morristown Volunteer Fire Department, $2,500 toward purchase of extrication tools.

To learn more about the Smith-Goshen Rice Enrichment Fund, please call CFOV at 304-242-3144 or visit www.cfov.org and click on the grants tab.

Since 1972, the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley has connected donors who care with causes that matter by making grants to organizations working to improve the quality of life in the Upper Ohio Valley. With assets of more than $34 million, the Foundation assisted in distributing more than $2 million in grants and scholarships during 2015-16. From strengthening community schools to assisting local arts programs, from building health centers to assisting victims of violence or natural disasters, the Community Foundation continues to enhance our region. To learn more, please visit the Foundation online atwww.cfov.org.