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Kaleigh Wilday Fund supports youth, recreation, Ellicottville with 2020 grants | News

OLEAN — Ellicottville is a place beloved by the Wilday family.

It is also a place that was important to young Kaleigh Wilday during her life.

The Wildays are avid skiers and outdoor adventurers and spend much of their time during the winter months in Ellicottville, and according to Skip Wilday and Greta Wilday, that time spent in Ellicottville has led to deep relationships that have lasted over the years.

When Kaleigh Wilday tragically passed away in 2002, support for the fund that Skip and Greta established to honor the legacy of their daughter, the Kaleigh Wilday Endowment Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, came from long and far, but a significant part of that support, then and now, came from Ellicottville, said Skip Wilday.

In honor of that early and lasting support of the Ellicottville community, this year’s grant distributions from the Kaleigh Wilday Fund, made every year

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  • November 10, 2020
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Champions For Learning awards grants for teachers’ projects amid pandemic

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Vineyards Elementary first-grade students from the classrooms of Joanna Campanile and Janell Matos hold up their teachers’ grants on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (Photo: Courtesy of Collier County Public Schools)

Escape rooms that make learning an adventure, a student store encouraging creativity, and a new way to engage students about civics are just three Collier teacher projects that received funding Friday through Champions For Learning.

Champions For Learning awarded 141 grants totaling about $79,700 to educators at 41 schools. 

The Collier-based education foundation that hand-delivers teachers’ grants annually skipped those in-person visits to schools this year due to COVID-19.

But teachers throughout Collier County were still surprised Friday by their school principals and staff, Lisa Church, chief community impact officer for Champions For Learning, said.

Community members interested in researching and funding grants for teacher projects, can do so through an online grant portal where teachers also submit their

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  • October 16, 2020
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Five Greenville nonprofits vie for Community Thrives grants

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One group wants to add pet food and cleaning products to the free packages of food it provides to families in need.

Another group wants to move forward with plans to build a museum in the heart of the Monaghan Mill Village.

Those “wants” require money that’s been hard to come by, particularly during COVID-19. But nonprofits such as First Impression SC, Inc. and Greenville Revitalization Corp. are hopeful as they seek money for their projects from Gannett’s A Community Thrives.

A Community Thrives is a grantmaking and crowdfunding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK, which includes USA TODAY and The Greenville News.

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‘Game changer’ for nonprofits: Gannett Foundation relaunches crowdfunding and grant program

The program, supported by the Gannett Foundation, offers organizations an opportunity to share their ideas for how to improve the community. It also offers them a national platform to get neighbors,

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  • October 6, 2020
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Mourinho grants wish to reporter after touching exchange

Jose Mourinho stuck to his promise to pose for a picture with Macedonian journalist Igor Aleksandrovic after a touching exchange during an online press conference.

Freelance reporter Aleksandrovic asked to have his picture taken with the Tottenham Hotspur boss so he could frame it and put it on the grave of his late father, who had idolised Mourinho.

Mourinho, visibly touched by Aleksandrovic’s story, agreed that the photograph would be arranged and Tottenham have posted it on Twitter.

Aleksandrovic had initially missed his chance to make personal contact with Mourinho at a media gathering on Zoom before Tottenham’s Europa League qualifier with Shkendija on Thursday.

Word made its way back to Tottenham’s media team and Mourinho was brought back into the room on Wednesday.

Aleksandrovic said: “First, greetings to you from him, but he is now in heaven. One of the occasions when he was very sick he told me

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  • September 24, 2020
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More Than 200 Businesses Receive HoCo RISE Business Relief Grants

HOWARD COUNTY, MD — More than 200 Howard County businesses have received grants in the first round of funding issued by the HoCo RISE Business Relief Grant Program. Howard County officials allocated $5.7 million in CARES Act funding toward the grant program to provide financial assistance to businesses in targeted sectors that have been most impacted by the coronavirus and plan to reopen. New grants supporting local childcare businesses and the hotel industry have been established, too.

“All of us are trying to get by and move forward. I applaud those making sacrifices in the hope that we will make an impact and save lives, including Howard County small businesses. The first 203 recipients of these grants provide jobs, value and support to our community, and we want to ensure that they too are able to survive,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “These grants address immediate needs and ensure

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