USVI Organizations to Receive Part of $1.4 Million in Grants

More than a million dollars will be handed out to 18 local organizations across the USVI for recovery, revitalization and building projects.

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has awarded $1,480,735 in funding to support ongoing hurricane recovery efforts, with a goal to enhance the wellbeing of residents and ecosystems across the territory.

The bulk of the grant funding – $1 million – is made possible through the CFVI Friends and Family Fund for USVI Renewal (FNF), which was established in September 2017 following Hurricanes Irma and Maria with donations from CFVI’s family, friends, existing fund donors, angel donors, and other partners.

In the three years following the 2017 hurricanes, CFVI distributed more than $16 million in grants, scholarships, and other contributions to support relief and recovery.

CFVI received a total of 80 applications. Here is a list of the organizations awarded the grants:

Grants awarded with funding from the CFVI Friends and Family Fund for USVI Renewal

Children’s Museum of St. Croix | Countdown to Kindergarten | St. Croix | $100,000

Funding will support the creation and implementation of a pilot program designed to facilitate kindergarten readiness skills and close developmental gaps of at-risk 4-year-olds by offering holistic play-based learning activities and supporting and enhancing caregivers’ skills as children’s first teachers.

Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism | Invisible Heritage: Identity, Memory and Our Town — Building Arts Institute | St. Croix | $50,000

Funding will support programming creating a pipeline and employment for trained youth in the building trades and historic restoration, to enable the enhancement of low to moderate income housing, as well as deploy the arts in community revitalization.

Island Green Living Association | Brush Chipping Phase II | St. John | $99,980 

Funding will support the Phase II launch of the Brush Chipping Pilot Program to provide a sustainable solution for continuing to turn brown and green debris into a valuable resource and also provide feed stock for a one-year compost demonstration project with Sustainable Generation and Gore.

Legal Services of the Virgin Islands, Inc. | Legal Services Satellite Office/Mobile Justice Unit Project | USVI | $100,000   

Funding will support the deployment of additional legal resources via Mobile Justice Units in and around St. Thomas and St. Croix in order to bolster ongoing disaster recovery along with efforts to enhance the overall wellbeing of low-income residents, including seniors, and victims of domestic violence.

Liberty Place | Community First! Services for the Formerly Homeless of St Croix | St. Croix | $100,000  

Funding will provide working capital to support the creation of long-term safe spaces and wrap-around services for persons experiencing homelessness. 

New Day – St. John Inc. | New Day Cafe and Workshop | St. John | $100,000

Funding will support the creation and establishment of a new culinary and woodworking technical training program for the youth of St. John.

Schneider Regional Medical Center Foundation | Perioperative Trauma Management Project | St. Thomas | $50,000  

Funding will support acquisition of equipment to optimize and replace life-saving equipment for the stabilization and management of trauma patients.

SEAT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center | Three Queens Ventures Accelerator Women’s Business Program | USVI | $100,000    

Funding will be used to pilot a business accelerator for women entrepreneurs, which will include education and training, mentoring and guidance, networking, and access to seed funding and potential market partnerships.

St. Thomas Swimming Association | Water Safety & Swim Training | St. Thomas | $100,000   

Funding will be used to expand access to swim instruction, water safety, swim team training and lifeguard training to more children and adults in St. Thomas by providing scholarships for swim lessons, swim team training, and lifeguard training.

Virgin Islands Trail Alliance | Trail Blazing for the Future | St. Croix | $64,000  

Funding will be used to expand pedestrian and mountain bike access to trails and enhance the capability of trail building and maintenance to support the need for and benefit of green spaces.

Virgin Islands Village Academy, Inc. | Kindercamp for School Readiness | St. Thomas | $50,000

Funding will be used to provide high-quality enrichment programming to underserved students entering kindergarten or needing additional support for success.

St. Thomas Rescue | Emergency Services Capacity-Building | St. Thomas | $100,000

Funding will be used to provide enhanced emergency services by providing additional training and purchasing updated life-saving equipment to assist volunteers in responding for medical needs, vehicle extrication, search and rescue, high and low rope rescue, and community outreach.

Grants awarded with funding from the Island Spirit Fund and GlobalGiving:

Community Action Now | CAN Academy | St. Thomas | $57,355

Funding will be used to train and certify displaced workers (in the areas of life skills, entrepreneurship and small business certification, certified administrative professional, and/or bookkeeping) in order to equip them with new skills that enable them to re-enter the workforce and/or to grow their small businesses.

My Brother’s Workshop | MBW Heavy Equipment Training Course | St. Thomas | $100,000  

Funding will be used to introduce a new training program in the area of heavy equipment operations by purchasing a simulator that will allow trainees to learn how to operate heavy equipment.

Rotary Club of St. Thomas East ECO | Energy Equity for Low- and Moderate-Income Families in St. Thomas, USVI via Resilient Solar Power | St. Thomas | $100,000    

Funds will be used to support a solar affordability partnership that will help reduce the household energy burden for qualified Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) Families on St. Thomas by increasing the affordability and accessibility of solar energy and the resilience of battery backup power.

TLC Foundation | Green School Farm | St. Thomas | $82,500

Funding will be used to launch a comprehensive regenerative permaculture farm project, which will include planting, establishing a seed bank, training/workshops, and other farming practices and initiatives that can support hurricane recovery and sustainability.

University of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Green Technology Center | Environmental Native Fruit Tree Program with a focus on Water and Soil Quality in the USVI | Virgin Islands | $50,000

Funding will be used for a project addressing food and water security in the territory by building a network for drought monitoring; providing virtual training to community members on gardening, farming, selling products and quality testing at home; creating a fruit tree replanting initiative that serves local farmers and the local community. The funds will be used in conjunction with other federal funding including USDA-NIFA in an effort to provide fruit trees to families involved in programs that benefit the broader community.

Grant awarded with funding from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy:

We Grow Food | The Renewing of The Bordeaux Farmers Market | St. Thomas | $76,900

Funding will be used to revitalize the Bordeaux Farmers Market by upgrading and renewing major elements for farmers and the community that were destroyed in hurricanes Irma and Maria.