KEYSER – The US Wind Force Foundation, Inc. has announced the recipients of the eighth round of grants from its Community Benefit Fund associated with the Pinnacle Wind Farm.

KEYSER –  The US Wind Force Foundation, Inc. has announced the recipients of the eighth round of grants from its Community Benefit Fund associated with the Pinnacle Wind Farm.
Twelve grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 and totaling $20,775 were allocated to local projects, bringing the eight-year total of donations from the wind farm to $191,525.
Thirty-two completed grant applications were received and evaluated by a local Allocation Committee made up of eight members of the community. The committee is chaired by Keyser resident Cindy Pyles.
“I appreciate the continued commitment and the amount of effort the Allocation Committee exerted in its review of the grant applications,” she said. “They did an outstanding job. We appreciate that the developers of the Pinnacle wind farm designed a process for allocating grant money that allowed for local decision-making.”
The 2018 grant recipients are as follows:
 - Burlington Public Library, $500 for the purchase of shelving, sign, and flag
 - Burlington United Methodist Family Services, $500 for the purchase of play equipment for the child visitation room at the  Staggers Recovery House
 - Developmental Center & Workshop Inc., $1,500 for the purchase of a hydraulic pallet jack
 - Elk District Volunteer Fire Company, $2,000 for the replacement of the flooring in the main portion of the fire hall
 - Elk District Volunteer Fire Company Challenged Hunt Fund, $1,500 for the construction and stocking of a new hunting blind
 - Elk Garden Primary School, $1,500 for the purchase of protective safety mats for the gymnasium
 - Fountain Volunteer Fire Company Inc., $1,000 for the replacement of current rescue equipment and purchase of gas detection equipment
 - Highland Arts Unlimited Inc., $3,000 for murals and public arts projects
 - Mineral County Family Resource Network, $1,500 for facility renovations
 - Mineral County Historical Society Inc., $1,775 for the purchase of a display case, mannequins, and vacuum cleaner for the museum
 - Westernport Heritage Society Inc., $1,000 for the renovation of a bathroom
 - West Virginia Foundation Inc., $5,000 for the construction of a Council Circle for Camp Minco.
The directors and officers of the US Wind Force Foundation extend a special thank you to the members of the Allocation Committee: Cindy Pyles, chair; Logan DelSignore, vice chair; Bill Boggs,
Miranda Kessel, Terry Stephens, Walt Ward, Cliff Wendricks, and Carol Wilson.
Their service to the foundation and their community is greatly appreciated.
Funding for the foundation’s Community Benefit Fund comes from Pinnacle Wind, LLC, owner, and operator of the Pinnacle Wind Farm. The Pinnacle project was developed by US Wind Force and is currently owned by Clearway Energy. The project company agreed to finance the Community Benefit Fund when the project reached commercial operation status in early 2012 and each year for the life of the project.
Doug Vance, site manager of the wind farm for the parent company Clearway Energy, said, “We are extremely pleased to be part of this community. It’s nice to know that we can be of help to such worthy projects.”
About US Wind Force Foundation, Inc.
US Wind Force Foundation Inc., a West Virginia nonprofit corporation, is organized exclusively for charitable purposes. Its primary purpose is to enhance the community by providing funding for projects related to education, historic preservation, public safety, economic development, public recreation, parks, playgrounds, athletic facilities, and other similar activities. It will provide funding to select not-for-profit community organizations, and communities, consistent with its charter.
To learn more about the US Wind Force Foundation Inc., visit the website www.uswff.org.