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Community Foundation seeks grant applications from
nonprofits for Duff McDuff Green, Jr. Fund

(FREDERICKSBURG) Youth, recreation and preservation nonprofits are urged to begin the application process for grants by the Community Foundation's Duff McDuff Green, Jr. Fund. The initial step in the grant application process is to submit a two-page concept paper, due August 11, 2014.

Further details and the Duff McDuff Green, Jr. Fund grant guidelines/RFP can be found on the Community Foundation website at or by calling 540-373-9292.

Mirroring the charitable work Mr. Green did in life, this trust is used to promote outdoor recreation opportunities, to preserve cultural and historic assets around the region and to benefit the lives of our area young people.

The last Green Fund grant cycle gave $118,000 to area organizations. Successful applicants to this year's Duff McDuff Green, Jr. Fund grant opportunity will achieve one of the following sets of goals. They will:

Promote recreation opportunities in the community.
They will support projects such as those that increase recreation opportunities or access, build or improve recreation facilities, or provide training or technical assistance which promotes increased physical activity and meaningful outdoor experiences.

Benefit our region's youth.
These grants aim to improve the quality of life for youth and the community in which they live. Applicants may provide for one or more of the following: educational, athletic, academic, social, civic, and/or community-based initiatives, which involve or support children.

Advance local historic/cultural preservation.
Grants in this category will work to preserve our community's most significant and endangered cultural treasures.

Grants from the fund last year were awarded to the following organizations: Hospice Support Care, Fredericksburg Area Soccer Association, Ron Rosner Family YMCA, Sunrise For All, Inc., Gari Melchers Home and Studio, Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc., Chaplin Youth Center, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, Family Services – Fredericksburg, Stafford Junction, disAbility Resource Center, Fredericksburg All Ages, Rappahannock Area Youth Orchestra and others.

"Named charitable funds at the Community Foundation, like Mr. Green's bequest, are a unique regional asset," said Foundation Executive Director, Teri McNally. "Our organization is set up to carry local giving just a little farther – when a donor like Mr. Green establishes a fund at the Foundation the issues and causes they care about create perpetual benefits."

Founded in 1998, the Community Foundation works regionally to bring donors together and build perpetual resources that make our communities exceptional places to live. The foundation offers numerous charitable opportunities for individual and corporate donors and administers a range of giving programs including grants and scholarships. Philanthropy is concentrated in the counties of Caroline, King George, Stafford and Spotsylvania and in the City of Fredericksburg. Further information about the foundation's services can be found on its website at

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Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.