VIA awarded funds for Club house

Sussex Council awards $15,000 in grants

Village Improvement gets funds for clubhouse
By Kara Nuzback | Jul 11, 2012
Source: Submitted Sussex Council Councilwoman Joan Deaver, D-Rehoboth Beach, right, breaks ground at the Village Improvement Association's expansion ceremony, June 19.  Shown with Rehoboth Beach City Manager Greg Ferrese.

Georgetown — Before Sussex County Council vacated the Circle in Georgetown for its summer break, council members voted to award nearly $15,000 in grants to local community programs.

Council members are each given $30,000 each budget cycle to award as grants. At a June 26 meeting, Councilwoman Joan Deaver, D-Rehoboth Beach, awarded various programs a total of $8,000 from her account; Councilman George Cole, R-Ocean View, awarded $5,700.

One of the big winners was the Village Improvement Association, which was awarded $5,000 for expansion of its clubhouse. Deaver and Cole each paid half of the grant from their councilmanic accounts.

The VIA aims to raise $250,000 total for its Boardwalk Avenue and Grenoble Place clubhouse expansion.  Deaver attended the nonprofit’s groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of its expansion and renovation, May 31.

Deaver and Cole also donated to the Coalition for West Rehoboth for street lighting and cleaning programs.  According to Financial Director Susan Webb, the coalition had requested $10,000 for the program.  Cole agreed to give $2,500 and revisit the request after council’s summer break.

Deaver gave an additional $1,000 to the coalition, a nonprofit that works to improve the quality of life in historic West Rehoboth.

Milton Community Foundation received $2,000 from Deaver for Milton Farmers Market.  The foundation, established in 2006, raises money to support civic projects.

Deaver also awarded $1,000 to Autism Delaware for its annual Blue Jean Ball.  This year’s ball will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, at Nassau Valley Vineyards in Lewes.

Deaver and Cole split a $1,000 award to Rehoboth Beach Film Society for sponsorship of the 2012 Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival.

The Lewes Education Coalition was also awarded $1,000 by Deaver for expenses associated with kindergarten through 12th grade teacher workshops.

Lesser grants were awarded to benefit First State Community Action Agency, Meals on Wheels and Polly Branch Extended McCabe Court Civic Association projects.

Sussex County Council will reconvene after its summer break on Tuesday, July 17.