Nelsonville, OH–The Gulfport Energy Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio has announced its first 2015 grant recipients. During this first round, the Gulfport Energy Fund awarded nearly $35,000 to ten projects throughout four counties, including over $13,000 in grants to four projects benefiting Belmont County citizens.
“We are proud to invest in educational opportunities through the Gulfport Energy Fund,” said Gulfport Energy President and CEO Mike Moore. “Investing in the communities where we operate is a hallmark of our work and we appreciate the opportunity to support the efforts of these dedicated educators.”
The Gulfport Energy Fund was created to support projects that create opportunities by improving quality of life, creating access to opportunities, or identifying and implementing a solution for a community need or issue in the counties where Gulfport operates. Tax-exempt organizations from Belmont, Guernsey, Harrison, and Monroe counties are eligible to apply for these grants.
Recent recipients included:
A Local 495’s Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee received a $1,500 grant award for the Plumbers and Pipefitters Accelerated Welding Program. This project, designed to meet increasing demand for qualified pipe fitters, will rapidly train 16 new students in the basics of pipefitting and welding. The 18-week course will prepare these students for apprenticeships and will help ensure long-term industry success in the region. In addition to impacting Belmont County, this project will also support residents in Guernsey, Harrison, and Monroe counties.
Belmont College received a $4,365 grant award to update its Soil Mechanics Lab. This award will allow Belmont College to purchase new soil test equipment to work with existing engineering lab equipment for a class of 20 students.
Bellaire Local School District received a $2,500 grant award to support the Building Bridges program. A collaborative effort between five Belmont County school districts and Belmont County Student Services, Building Bridges is a program designed to raise achievement and improve academic success for high school students, especially those in 9th grade. The program will provide 300 middle school students with high school mentors to ease their transition to high school and encourage wise choices.
Union Local Middle School received a $5,000 grant award for a 21st Century Classroom Renovation. The award will be used to purchase 30 Google Chromebooks as well as technological work tables for 110 students in the school.