The next proposal deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The beneficiaries of the 2017 grant(s) will be notified in summer 2017.
The Party Parade Fund was created in 1998, the tenth anniversary of Party Parade, to support local charities that could benefit from small grants. All of the proceeds from Party Parade 1998 were placed in the Fund under the management of the Charlottesville-Area Community Foundation. Beginning in 2000, 10% of the proceeds from each annual Party Parade was added to the Fund. The Fund is used to provide small grants to local non-profit organizations.
The first grant was made to Hospice of the Piedmont in 1999 for a weekend summer camp for children ages 5-13 who were coping with the death of a loved one. The goal of the camp was to provide children with opportunities to learn about the grief process, to express their feelings and memories, to interact with other children who share similar losses, and to learn healthy ways to adjust to the major changes confronting them
In the fall of 2000, a grant was made to the Charlottesville/Albemarle Mental Health Association for their "Kids At Risk" program to provide more in-school counseling for at-risk elementary school students. This grant was made in memory of Lynne Fitzgerald, a former Party Parade Board President and Committee Chairman.
The 2001 grant was awarded to The Discovery Museum. These funds were used so that Starlab, the portable planetarium that teaches viewers about astronomy, geography, Native American mythology and the weather could be made available for second and third grade students in nine city and county schools. These nine schools are the schools with the neediest children and these age groups were chosen because the Starlab experience enhances learning related to SOL topics for these grades. Included with this grant was an in-kind contribution by the museum for approximately 1,500 family passes ($15,000) to the museum based on 1 adult and 2 children per family.
At the end of November 2002, a grant was made to the United Way Volunteer Board to establish a web based interactive volunteer database to serve as an efficient tool to connect potential volunteers with the opportunity to serve at local and non-profit agencies and public schools.
Two grants were awarded in November 2003. One was awarded to Service Dogs of Virginia for a partial scholarship for a deserving individual, aged 21 years or younger. Through a highly trained dog, assistance and companionship was provided to this individual with disabilities thus helping him to realize greater personal independence and productivity.
Another grant was awarded in 2003 to Children, Youth and Family Services, Inc. This grant was used for their Good Dads Program to encourage at-risk fathers to be positively involved in the lives of their children.
Two grants were awarded in August 2004, one to Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA) to be used to provide dental care to meet the identified immediate dental health care needs of Head Start children who would otherwise go un-served.
Another grant was awarded in 2004 to Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB &D) to record 2 digital textbooks for use with local students. This grant covered the acquisition of two textbooks, preparation of books for recording, recording, checking for quality, and shipping the two textbooks to the Master Library as requested by the schools.
For 2005 the
Party Parade Fund supported a grant to Children,
Youth, and Family Services,
Inc. to be used for their planned
In 2006, a grant in was made to the Music Resource Center to update equipment in one of their digital music studios. This update of equipment enhanced the speed and efficiency of music production and allowed for a unique tutoring system where one staff member could coach several beginner or advanced level students at a given time.
In 2007, a grant was made to The
Boys & Girls Club of Charlottesville/Albemarle to be used to assist
them to expand the hours for teen specific programs at their Southwood Unit,
Another grant was made in 2007 to Shelter for Help in Emergency to help the Shelter create a warm and inviting space for children in their new emergency Shelter facility. Funds will be used to purchase age-appropriate furniture and play equipment for more than 100 children who enter the program annually.
In 2008, a grant was made to the Boys and Girls Club of Charlottesville/Albemarle to help provide additional staff for an expanded youth development program at the Clubs Southwood Unit.
In 2008, a second grant was made to The Youth Development Network Scholarship Committee of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Commission on Children and Families to help send low-income children to camp in the Summer FUNd Scholarship Program.
In 2008, a third grant was made to Children,Youth & Family Services for recruitment and training of volunteers for the Play Partners Program to bring reading and enrichment to children in low-income childcare settings.
2009, a grant was made to Children,
Youth, & Family Services for the STAR Kids program to help provide pay
for a trained STAR Kids Educator to bring Als Pals lessons into two classrooms
of at-risk preschool children for an entire year.
In 2009 a second grant was made to Hospice of the Piedmont, in support of the 2009 Hospice Journeys program. The Journeys program is designed to help children and teens who are struggling with the impending or recent loss of a loved one.
In 2009, a third grant was made to the Virginia Discovery Museum, to help subsidize field trips for Head Start and Bright Star participants. Since exhibits at the museum are particularly appropriate for preschool children, this grant will enable around 400 children and 200 adults to benefit from multiple visits to view exhibits at the Museum.
In 2010, a grant was made to The Salvation Army, to subsidize
field trips for children in their Child Care Program.
In 2010 another grant was made to Computer 4 Kids, to support the enhancement of technology training offered to Computer 4 Kids mentors.
In 2010, a third grant was made to Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP), to support the Parks Edge After
School program (PEAS), a five-day after-care and enrichment program for very low-income children, ages four to 12.
In 2011, a grant was made to Adventure Camp, Inc. to help provide a “safe camp” experience for children with limb loss from the Charlottesville area.
In 2011, a second grant was made to Kid Pan Alley to help fund Kid Pan Alley bring the joy of creativity and self-expression to more children in our area.
In 2011, a third grant was made to Children, Youth & Family Services to provide funds to support bilingual early literacy playgroups in the neighborhoods of Southwood, Blue Ridge Commons, and Park Edge.
In 2011, a fourth grant was made to Hospice of the Piedmont to help support transportation for the “Journeys” program for children and teens who are struggling with the impending or recent loss of a loved one
In 2012, a grant was made to Building Goodness Foundation to
underwrite the design and construction of an educational garden shed
for the City Schoolyard Garden program at Buford Middle School.
In 2012, a second grant was made to The Mediation Center of Charlottesville to subsidize the cost for the family mediation and co-parenting programs.
In 2013, a grant was made to the Emergency Food Bank to provide food to families in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area.
In 2014, a grant was made to the the Marty Whitlow Cancer Research Fund for ovarian cancer research
In 2014, a grant was made to Children, Youth and Family Services for support of Play Partners early learning program
In 2014, a grant was made to the Women's Initiative for support of the Mental Health Counseling and Services Program
In 2014, a grant was made to Meals on Wheels for meals for low income families
In 2015, a grant was made to Big Brothers Big Sisters to support a mentor and mentee for one year
In 2015, a grant was made to Ready Kids (Children, Youth and Family Service) to support the Play Partners early learning programIn 2015, a grant was made to Piedmont CASA to help recruit, screen, train, supervise and support 30 new CASA volunteers
Contributions to the Party Parade Fund make it possible for the Fund
to continue to grow and benefit important projects
for many local charities throughout the years. All contributions are
You are invited to contribute to the Party Parade Fund in the following ways:
Gifts in honor of others
Gifts of securities or other assets
Gifts in memory of friends
Bequests and life insurance gifts
For information, please contact:
Party Parade Fund
PO Box 4423,
Charlottesville, VA 22905-4423
Guidelines for Charities Applying for Small Grants
The next deadline for grant applications is Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
Eligibility for Grants
How Grant Decisions Are Made
Grant proposals are reviewed by the Party Parade Fund Committee. After a review of all proposals, the decision from the committee is presented to the Party Parade Executive Board for final approval.
Proposals for the year 2017 should be designated for timely and needed projects related to youth or adults in our community.
How to Apply for a Grant
Please include the following information in a proposal not to exceed three (3) pages:1. The Proposal.
2. Evidence of 501(c) (3) status (IRS Tax Determination Letter).3. List of names and addresses of Board of Directors and Staff.
Send six (6) copies of the complete proposal to:
Grant recipients are expected to use the funds for the purpose approved in the grant and within the specified period of time. A brief final report should be submitted no later than one year from the date of the grant.
It is requested that you prepare and distribute a press release about the grant received in support of your project. Please be sure to forward all press releases and/or publications related to the grant and the Party Parade Fund to Party Parade, Party Parade Fund Committee, Attn: Zan Short, 207 Rowledge Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4739
For More Information Please Call:
Bryan Thomas (434) 978-1713
Kristin Albert (434) 973-0025
Maggie Bourgeois (434) 293-5688
Linda MacIlwaine (434) 979-7574
Tom Albro (434) 977-4455
Zan Short, Chairman (434) 977-8463; firstname.lastname@example.org
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