It is quite encouraging to see Foothills Forum among the 17 one-year grantees announced this week by our friends at the PATH Foundation. PATH has funded, in full, our request to undertake a research and reporting project on aging, transportation and health in Rappahannock County.

Veteran Foothills researcher/reporter Randy Rieland is already in the early stages of sketching out an in-depth, explanatory series exploring issues facing our county’s aging citizenry. We look forward to finalizing the grant agreement and sorting out the many, layered issues tied in with how we get, and get to, health care in our region. We’re actively reaching out to potential partners and are grateful that Rapp at Home provided initial planning input and a letter of support for the project.

Here’s some of what the PATH news release detailed in Fauquier Now this week:

The PATH Foundation recently awarded more than $500,000 to 17 area organizations engaged in projects related to one or more of the foundation’s four priority areas: access to care, childhood wellness, mental health and senior services. The selected grantees have one year to use the funding provided to them. 

 “They represent a wide range of efforts to benefit Fauquier, Rappahannock and northern Culpeper counties. Each recipient has demonstrated solid plans and programs that tie to our mission to enhance the health and vitality of our community,” said Christy Connolly, president and CEO of the PATH Foundation. “We are grateful to be able to provide financial assistance for these nonprofits to help them strengthen our community.”

A total of $505,583 will be awarded to the following organizations (pending finalization of grant agreements):

Foothills Forum – $7,500 for a research and reporting project that will explore critical health and transportation issues facing the local aging population.

This grant follows the generous $15,000 unrequested funding for capacity building we received in 2015 from PATH. We’re in good company, too, as such fine organizations as Rapp at Home, Headwaters, and our local schools also received one-year grants.