The Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) of Pittsburgh, through its Blueprint Communities Initiative, recently awarded a mini-grant of $10,000 to Reboot Richwood to assist that organization with a civic project. The mini-grant will be used to fund the development of a fishing platform and light watercraft launch site at the city’s Dain Park on the Cherry River. The grant is consistent with the community’s five-year strategic plan to enhance the quality of place, promote community engagement and move forward with implementing a nature based place-making effort.
The Reboot Richwood Team completed a required Blueprint Communities leadership development and planning effort in 2013. More recently Reboot Richwood underwent a successful re-certification review process by the FHLBank of Pittsburgh and its consultant, Marylin McKeown from Charleston. The successful recertification will keep Richwood eligible for ongoing priority status for FHLBank of Pittsburgh funding opportunities.
The Blueprint mini-grants are awarded to projects that help build community development momentum, have a visual impact within the community, or offer a venue for community engagement. One other community organization in southern West Virginia, the Princeton Renaissance Project, also received a Blueprint mini-grant for the development of start-up businesses in that town’s historic Main Street.
The Blueprint Communities initiative is funded by the FHLBank of Pittsburgh and is administered by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center in Harrisburg, PA. The goal of the Blueprint Communities effort is to enhance the quality of life in communities and to create future opportunities for continued revitalization success by developing the capacity of local organizations. Additional partners include the West Virginia Community Development Hub and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.