Fred Scott, Jr.
(434) 295-4188

 
GRANTS WE HAVE MADE
from Our Donor-Advised Fund established in 2007 at the
Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
, the
Ballyshannon Fund has made 98 grants totalling $975,630
in three areas of interest.

We also sponsor the Ballyshannon Fund Forums
at Piedmont Virginia Community College

WE BELIEVE that "rules imposed from above or from the outside" rarely offer an optimum solution to economic matters. Indeed, such good intentions often result in alternative and undesirable outcomes that were not anticipated. Along that line, we believe that personal exposure of urban citizens to a rural environment is often the best way for urbanites to learn about rural areas and the rural ethos...and learn to make responsible decisions about it.

WE SUPPORT rural life and a respect for the outdoors. We respect the many private citizens who actually own these rural properties.  

WE SUPPORT creative means to appreciate, conserve, and maintain working farmland and professionally-managed timber land.

WE SUPPORT educational endeavors designed to encourage greater understanding of rural living, the ethos of commercial farming and timbering, and the responsible use of natural resources, including hunting and fishing.

In line with that philosophy...beginning when the Fund was founded in 2007 and counting all grants through May 2017...
... the Ballyshannon Fund has made 81 grants totalling $975,630 in three areas relating to our purpose. The individual grants are listed below this graph.

In Year 2017:

ENRICHMENT: Local Food Hub
$20,000 unrestricted, to support multiple programs

ENVIRONMENT: James River Association
$25,000 to support River Rats program

EDUCATION: City Schoolyard Garden
$15,000 to support RootEd & Charlottesville High School gardens

EDUCATION: Riverfest
$3000 to support 2017 river festival

EDUCATION: Charlottesville Tomorrow
$5,000 for comprehensive news reporting of Rural Issues

EDUCATION: Elk Hill Farm
$10,000 for the Elk Hill Charlottesville Day School garden

ENRICHMENT: Urban Agricultural Collective
$10,000 to support the Food production and Distribution programs

EDUCATION: International Rescue Committee
$15,000 to support its New Roots program

EDUCATION: Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center
$10,000 to support camp scholarships

EDUCATION: Project Grows $7,500 for the Project GROWS educational farm

EDUCATION: Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute
$4180 for scholarship funding

EDUCATION: Agriculture in the Classroom
$2500 to support programs

ENVIRONMENT: Rivanna Conservation Alliance
$5000 to support programs

ENRICHMENT: Albemarle County Fair
$5000 to support the fair

EDUCATION: Light House Studio
$4500 to support the BRJD Garden film project

ENVIRONMENT: Chesapeake Bay Foundation
$7000 to support BMP farm project

EDUCATION: Allegheny Mountain Institute
$6500 to pay instructors who educate participants in The Allegheny Mountain Institute Fellowship program.

In Year 2016:

ENRICHMENT: Virginia Festival of the Book
$3,000 to support the participation of Ashley Christensen, author of Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner. She is an author and chef, owner of seven restaurants in Raleigh, NC, and a James Beard Award winner. She will be giving a cooking demonstration and talk at the Jefferson School during the festival. She will also sit on a panel which includes the chef and author Ronni Lundy to discuss "farm-to-table" initiatives, community, farming and food. Ronni Lundy’s most recent book is Victuals. This grant supports both the cooking demonstration and the panel discussion.

ENRICHMENT: Local Food Hub
$20,000 unrestricted, to support multiple programs,

ENVIRONMENT: James River Association
$25,000 to support its River Rats program

EDUCATION: City Schoolyard Garden
$13,500 to support RootEd and a new Charlottesville High School garden

EDUCATION: Riverfest
$3000 to support its 2016 festival

EDUCATION: Montpelier Foundation
$10,000 for Wayfaring Signs on Montpelier Trails

EDUCATION: Charlottesville Tomorrow
$5,000 for agricultural/forestry/rural news coverage.

EDUCATION: Elk Hill
$10,000 for the Elk Hill Charlottesville Day School's new garden

ENRICHMENT: Urban Agricultural Collective
$10,000 to support the Food production and Distribution programs

EDUCATION: International Rescue Committee
$13,000 to support its New Roots program

EDUCATION: Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center
$10,000 to support camp scholarships

EDUCATION: Virginia Department of Forestry
$6,400 to support youth forestry educational opportunities, Forestry Field Day for adults, Forest Landowners retreat, Forestry Tour for Ecology and Agriculture teachers.

ENRICHMENT: Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards
$3,000 Monticello Gateway - to plant median strip of Rt 20 South to Rt 53 intersection. [Edit, image added later: Didn't these volunteers do a lovely job?]

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION: Project GROWS
$7500 for educational farm at the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge

EDUCATION: James River Association
$10,000 to support the 2016 James River Expedition

50% ENVIRONMENT, 50% ENVIRONMENT:
The American Chestnut Foundation

$50,000.00 to support further development of the tree-breeding database, and for Mid-Atlantic, Georgia, and Pennsylvania interns/staff to the same end.

In Year 2015:
EDUCATION: Allegheny Mountain Institute
$2,000 for Supplies – Farm to School program

EDUCATION: City Schoolyard Garden
$12,000 to support RootEd - elementary school gardens

EDUCATION: Elk Hill Farm
$5,000 for the Environmental Leadership Program for Elk Hill youth residents

EDUCATION: Holiday Lake 4-H Camp
$8000 to support camp scholarships

ENRICHMENT: International Rescue Committee
$14,000 to support its New Roots program

ENVIRONMENT: James River Association
$20,000 to support its River Rats program

ENRICHMENT: Local Food Hub
$30,000 to support multiple programs and delivery logistics

EDUCATION: Riverfest
$3000 to support the Waynesboro 2015 River Festival

EDUCATION: Urban Agricultural Collective of Charlottesville
$10,000 to support the Friendship Court gardens, Community orchards, and Agricultural Education

ENRICHMENT: Virginia Food Works
$2,500 to help create a new Food Entrepreneur Workshop

EDUCATION: Virginia Department of Forestry
$5,600 to support youth forestry educational opportunities, Forestry Field Day for adults, Forest Landowners retreat, Forestry Tour for Ecology and Agriculture teachers

EDUCATION: Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute
$10,000 - Shenandoah Session of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership program

ENVIRONMENT: Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO) Nest Box Project
$15,000.00 for The American Kestrel Project for nest box materials, production of print and electronic educational materials, and in support of expenses for those carrying out the initiative in the counties of Albemarle, Augusta, Nelson, Madison, Greene, Buckingham, Orange, Fluvanna, Louisa, Goochland and Powhatan (expanding to other VA counties, if funds permit).

In Year 2014:
EDUCATION: Urban Agricultural Collective
$7500.00 to support the program

EDUCATION: Riverfest $3000.00 to support 2014 festival

EDUCATION: Virginia Department of Forestry $7800.00 to support youth forestry educational opportunities, Forestry Field Day for adults, Forest Landowners retreat, Land Transfer workshop, and 12th annual Woods and Wildlife Conference

ENRICHMENT: Local Food Hub $30,000 to support multiple programs, including $15,000.00 to support the Main Street Agriculture Farm to Family Dinner, a joint promotional venture of the Albemarle County Farm Bureau and the Local Food Hub

ENRICHMENT: International Rescue Committee $10,000 to support New Roots program

EDUCATION: Holiday Lake 4-H Camp $8000.00 to support camp scholarships

ENVIRONMENT: James River Association $15,000.00 to support River Rats program

EDUCATION: City Schoolyard Garden $10,000.00 to support elementary school gardens.

ENVIRONMENT: The American Chestnut Foundation $50,000.00 to support trees database development, equipment and supplies for Mid-Atlantic Science Coordinator, and a Central Virginia Chapter B3F3 Seed Orchard

ENRICHMENT: Morven Kitchen Garden $6,000 total. $4000 for apprenticeships and $2000 for a new bee-keeping project.

EDUCATION: Green Adventure $7000.00 to support Forestry education programs

In Year 2013:
EDUCATION: Virginia Division of Forestry
$11,600 for the A: State Forestry Camp at Holiday Lake State Park, B: Virginia's Working Forests Field Study Program, C: Forestry Field Day for Parents, D: Forest Landowners Retreat

ENRICHMENT: Charlottesville Tomorrow $5000 to support media coverage of rural area issues.

ENRICHMENT: Thomas Jefferson Foundation $2500 for the Monticello Garden Explorers … to support/establish a section of Jefferson's vegetable garden dedicated to children and families

EDUCATION: Louisa County Agricultural Fair $10,000 Purpose: to support the fair and the Livestock Show and Sale for youth

ENRICHMENT: Morven Farm $4000 to support the Morven Kitchen Garden Apprenticeship Program

EDUCATION: RiverFest! $3,000 to support the Annual Riverfest in Waynesboro, VA. An in-town river festival for youngsters. Many youth will release trout that have been reared in their school classrooms.

ENRICHMENT: International Rescue Committee - New Roots. $10,000 to support the work of connecting refugee talents and skills with local agricultural opportunities

ENRICHMENT: Local Food Hub. $20,000 to support three outreach programs; Grower Services, Taste of the Farm, and the Community Food Awards.

EDUCATION: Elk Hill Farm. $5000 to support an outdoor leadership program for underserved youth

EDUCATION: James River Association $15,000 for the “RiverRats” Training Program

In Year 2012:
EDUCATION: The Ballyshannon Fund Forum continues with a sequel to the stunningly beautiful 2008 “Remarkable Trees of Virginia" book. Bob Lewellyn and Nancy Ross Hugo spoke at the 2012 Virginia Festival of the Book about their new Seeing Trees! Photography as you have surely never seen it. Few have ever thought of a tree as they see them: in tiny details and huge images. Simply stunning!

EDUCATION: Virginia Division of Forestry $6,800 for the A: State Forestry Camp at the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, B: Virginia's Working Forests Field Study Program, C: Forestry Field Day for Parents, D: Forest Landowners Retreat

ENRICHMENT: Local Food Hub $10,000 to support A: the 2012 Community Foods Awards and B: A Taste of the Farm Plant Sale and Open House. In Virginia cattle country, the Hub says: "We'll buy all your arugula [or other valuable crop] at a guaranteed price. Let our experts explain how to grow it."

EDUCATION: Wintergreen Nature Foundation $4,000. $2,000 for the Opportunity Internship Pilot; $1,000 for K-12 Environmental Program; $1,000 for Teachers' Wish List Program.

EDUCATION: RiverFest! in Waynesboro VA. $3,000 An in-town river festival for youngsters. In its 15th year. Many youth will release trout that have been reared in their school classrooms.

In Year 2011:
EDUCATION: Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute, $7,500. A joint educational program of the Virginia Department of Forestry, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia Tech's Cooperative Extension and the University of Virginia's Institute for Environmental Negotiation. Two $2,500 tuitions for VA Dept of Forestry employees and one $2,500 tuition for a Farm Bureau Staffer or Nominee.

EDUCATION: Virginia Division of Forestry. $9,000 for the State Forestry Camp at the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Forest Landowner and Camper-Parent workshops, and a pilot Green Adventure Program

EDUCATION: Local Food Hub $7,500 to further develop and expand the LFH farmer education programs.

EDUCATION: VA COOP Extension, Forestry & Natural Resources Northern District. $700 for a Family Forestland short course and “Working Woods Walks” at Montpelier

EDUCATION: James River Association $10,000 for a Canoe Expedition “From the Source to the Sea” ... on the James River, of course!

EDUCATION: TREES VIRGINIA $2,500 for the 2011 Tree Steward Training Symposium

In Year 2010:
ENRICHMENT: Thomas Jefferson Foundation -
$2,000 to support the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello in September 2010.

EDUCATION: Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute. $6,900 for two $2,300 tuitions for VA Dept of Forestry employees and one tuition for a Farm Bureau staffer. VNRLI is a joint educational program of the Virginia Department of Forestry, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia Tech's Cooperative Extension and the University of Virginia's Institute for Environmental Negotiation.

EDUCATION: Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation: $6,000 in support of “Project Learning Tree"

EDUCATION: Virginia Division of Forestry: $6,800 for the State Forestry Camp at the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center

EDUCATION: VA COOP Extension Service: $2,000 (for 2010, repeated in 2011): for C-A-M-P “Charlottesville Albemarle is My Place” summer campers locally in Charlottesville & Albemarle area

EDUCATION: PVCC Educational Foundation: $2,500 to begin a student vegetable garden and gardening program at PVCC.

ENRICHMENT: World Foundation for Children: $5,000 for Volunteer Farm in Culpeper. Volunteer Farms partners with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank to distribute all the food that is grown on the farm.

EDUCATION: Local Food Hub: $5,000 to further develop and expand the LFH farmer education programs.

EDUCATION: VaDOForestry, VaCOOP Extension, and PEC: $500 for a Landowner Workshop on Forest Management and Conservation at the Baldwin Center for Preservation Development.

In Year 2009:
EDUCATION: Piedmont Virginia Community College
- $25,000 for the occasional Ballyshannon Fund Forums. 2008-2012...so far! Do you like them? Let us know, please? Which? Why? Got a suggestion for a Forum? That, too. Thanks.

EDUCATION: Virginia Division of Forestry - $12,000 for the State Forestry Camp at the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center.

ENRICHMENT: Montpelier Foundation - $5,000 for a forest use and archaeological study of the Landmark Forest.

ENRICHMENT: Virginia Urban Forest Council - $15,000 to print a second edition of “Remarkable Trees of Virginia" book.

In Year 2008:

EDUCATION: Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Inc. - $12,000 for scholarship funds for 1200 school children in Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Nelson counties to attend the Natural Resource Education Program at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center in 2008

EDUCATION: Virginia Division of Forestry - $16,850 broken down as: $6,000 for the State Forestry Camp at the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, $1,000 for a Forestry Field Day to give parents of the State Forestry Campers a similar experience; $4,000 for C.A.M.P. (Charlottesville/Albemarle is My Place) - a day camp for youth with field trips focused on working farms, forest, and other local natural resources; $850 for a Forestry and Wildlife Bus Tour; and $5,000 for a Forest Landowners' Retreat; this is a “forestry camp” for adults, focusing on forest resource management.

ENRICHMENT: Virginia Urban Forest Council
- $15,000 for the stunningly beautiful “Remarkable Trees of Virginia" book.

EDUCATION: Virginia Tech Foundation - $15,000 to finish up the "Welcome To The Country" book project.

In Year 2007:
EDUCATION: Virginia Tech Foundation - $35,000 for a "Welcome To The Country" project. 2007. After surveys, interviews, and research ...we asked our neighbor Frank Levering to write a book for newcomers to our countryside. Frank's new book introduces urbanites to "country culture"... sharing the unwritten rules by which we rural people live. (Take a peek at Chapter One, here.)

EDUCATION: Virginia Division of Forestry - $10,800 for the State Forestry Camp at the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center

EDUCATION: Virginia Division of Forestry - $7,200 to purchase teaching resource kits, used by our State Foresters' as "Grab and Go" educational tool boxes.

ENRICHMENT: Montpelier Foundation - $20,000 for a new Forestry/Outdoor Education program and improvements to Montpelier's walking trails (the lovely wildlife meadow seen in full bloom, here) all efforts targeted to urbanites, principally. 2007. The trail was formally opened in April 2010 by Senator John Warmer.

EDUCATION: The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia - $5,000 to implement educational infrastructure and programs which will greatly enhance WFV’s ability to welcome school groups, land managers, resource professionals, other area landowners, and the general public in a landscape-based outdoor education setting.

EDUCATION: Foundation for Virginia’s Natural Resources - $5,000 to help send more than 40 Central Virginia educators to the National Environmental Education Conference in Virginia Beach.

How are we doing? Do these grants make sense to you? Together, we'll figure out a solution.

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