KEYSER - The US Wind Force Foundation Inc. has announced the recipients of the seventh 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 seventh round of grants from its Community Benefit Fund associated with the Pinnacle Wind Farm.  
Nineteen grants ranging from $250 to $3,400 and totaling $20,000 were allocated to local projects, bringing the seven-year total of donations from the wind farm to $172,250.  
Thirty-six 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,” Pyles 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 2017 grant recipients are as follows:
2017 Grants
 - Burlington United Methodist Family Service: $500 - Purchase of formula, diaper, clothing, etc. for RFTS clients.
 - Catamount Children’s Center Inc.: $3,000 - Purchase of new windows.
 - City of Piedmont:  $500 - Purchase of a chlorinator pump and upgrade pump house.
 - Elk District Ambulance Service: $500 - Purchase of a laptop.
 - Elk District Volunteer Fire Company: $2, 000 - Purchase of turnout gear.
 - Elk District VFC (Challenged Hunt Fund): $500 - Restoration of hunting blinds.
 - Friends of Ashby’s Fort Inc.: $500 - Archaeological dig/study.
 - Friends of Jennings Randolph Lake Inc.:  $3,400 - Pavilion construction.
 - Highland Arts Unlimited Inc.: $2,500 - Murals of area scenes, history, notable historical figures, and events.
 - Keyser-Mineral County Library Association: $250 - Purchase hard drives for seven computers.
 - Kitzmiller Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.: $250 - Equipment for water rescue team.
 - Mineral County Alternative School: $250 - Recycling program.
 - Mineral County Family Resource Network (Energy Express): $1,000 - Construction of storage building.
 - Mineral County Historical Society Inc.: $2,000 - Establishment of a County Museum.
 - New Creek Primary School: $600 - WV Farm Bureau Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab.
 - Piedmont Library Inc.: $250 - Addition of railing on the stairs and repair of locks.
 - Ronald McDonald House Charities of Morgantown: $500 - Assistance for families unable to pay donation cost of staying at RMHC Morgantown.
 - Tri-Towns Ministerial Association (Food Pantry): $500 - Purchase of computer, software, and peripherals.
 - Westernport Heritage Society Inc.: $1, 000 - Western Maryland Railroad Station Museum roof replacement.
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 NRG. 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 NRG, 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.