James Rumsey Technical Institute received a $12,000 grant from the Berkeley County Industrial Park Development Fund in 2017 to pay for 1/2 of the cost of this road tractor for the Truck Driver Training Program.
Job Skills/Business Recruitment/Career Training/Workforce Development and More
The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation’s Berkeley County Industrial Park Development Fund is accepting applications for grants that will be awarded later this summer. Berkeley County based nonprofit organizations, public schools, and government agencies may apply for grant funding for programs with a focus on:
- Business recruitment and/or creation
- Economic development
- Workforce development
- Job creation
- Career training and job skills development
Deadline to apply is July 31. All grant funded programs must serve Berkeley County, West Virginia. A total of just over $30,000 is earmarked for this year’s grants, which generally range from $2,000 to $15,000 each.
The Fund, which was established in 2009, has awarded grants totaling $89,717 to Hospice of the Panhandle, Shepherd University Martinsburg Center, Blue Ridge Community & Technical College, Panhandle Home Health, and James Rumsey Technical Institute. Additionally, the Fund advisors established the Dr. Theodore K. Oates Nursing Scholarship which awards $5,000 annually to nursing students who are attending Shepherd University, Blue Ridge CTC, or James Rumsey Technical Institute. In 2016, the Berkeley County Industrial Park Development Fund established a $25,000 matching funds challenge to establish the Community Foundation’s Eastern Panhandle Mini-Grants to Teachers Fund which, with additional contributions, has grown to more than $84,000.