KEYSER - The US Wind Force Foundation Inc. has announced the recipients of the ninth round of grants from its Community Benefit Fund associated with the Pinnacle Wind Farm, which is operated by Clearway Energy Group.

KEYSER - The US Wind Force Foundation Inc. has announced the recipients of the ninth round of grants from its Community Benefit Fund associated with the Pinnacle Wind Farm, which is operated by Clearway Energy Group.
Eighteen grants ranging from $250 to $3,000 and totaling $22,250 were allocated to local projects, bringing the eight-year total of donations from the wind farm to $213,775. 
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. 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,” said Pyles. 
The 2019 grant recipients are as follows:
American Legion Boyce Houser Post 41 - $2,500 - Roof Replacement
Junior Shooting Sports Program - American Legion Boyce Houser Post 41 - $1,000 - Building Renovations
Burlington UM Family Services - $500 - Furniture for Observation Room
Catamount Children’s Center, Inc. - $3,000 - Heating/Air Conditioning Units
County United Way, Inc. - $1,000 - Materials for Little Pantries to be Place Throughout Mineral County
Elk District Volunteer Fire Company - $2,000 - Roof Replacement
Family Crisis Center, Inc. - $1,000 - Computer System and Comfort Packs for Clients
Fort Ashby Public Library - $500 - STEAM Kits for Programming Events
Friends of Jennings Randolph Lake, Inc. - $2,000 - Addition to Current Pavilion
Highland Arts Unlimited, Inc. - $500 - Mural and Public Arts Projects
Keyser High School - $1,000 - Purchase of Telescope
Mineral County Historical Society, Inc. - $500 - Room Renovation at Museum for Military Display
Mineral County Historical Society, Inc. - $1,500 - Computer for Radio Station Infrastructure Enhancement Project
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown - $250 - Assistance for Mineral County families unable to pay donation cost of staying at RMHC Morgantown
Save the Keyser Pool - $2,000 - Repairs to Filtration System
Town of Elk Garden (Police Department) - $1,500 - Portable Radio, Charger, and Case
Tri-Towns Ministerial Association - $1.000 - Demolition and Replacement of Shelving
Westernport Heritage Society, Inc. - $500 - Western MD Railroad Station Museum Renovation
The directors and officers of the US Wind Force Foundation extended a special appreciation to the members of the Allocation Committee: Cindy Pyles, chair; Logan DelSignore, vice-chair; Bill Boggs, Rod Ryan, Terry Stephens, Walt Ward, Cliff Wendricks, and Carol Wilson. Their service to the Foundation and their community was a critical part of the process.
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 operated by Clearway Energy Group. 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. 
 “We are extremely pleased to be part of this community,” said Doug Vance, site manager with Clearway Energy Group. “It’s nice to know that we can be of help to such worthy projects.”