Paying It Forward

The Kiwanis Foundation has recently paid it forward by awarding three Kiwanis Clubs a grant which they will use to directly provide service to their community, all for the betterment of children. The Board of Directors gathered on Saturday, November 13th to review the applicants and make award decisions. We are pleased to announce the following three clubs and the ways they will impact their community through service:

Kiwanis Club of Beckley, West Virginia

We are excited to have West Virginia join the Capital District this year and we were even more excited they followed through with their first opportunity to apply for a grant! The Beckley club requested funds to purchase a xylophone and other instruments for the New River Youth Symphony. Each year, the Kiwanis Club of Beckley donates funds to help with the purchase of instruments and equipment, as well as help provide scholarships to facilitate the participation of students with financial needs. The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation is pleased to award $1,500 to the Kiwanis Club of Beckley, West Virginia!   

Kiwanis Club of Front Royal

The Front Royal club submitted a grant to purchase playground equipment for E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School. The purchase of the equipment will replace outdated and unsafe playground equipment, which will in turn increase opportunities for children to be social during their recess and play times. The Kiwanis club has a long-standing partnership with the Elementary School which has been a win-win for the community. The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation is pleased to award $2,500 to the Kiwanis Club of Front Royal!

Kiwanis Club of Carrollton

The Carrollton club annually plans and executes a terrific opportunity for kids in their community known as the Southeast Region Kiwanis Fishing Clinic! They bring together several Kiwanis club in their area and provide an opportunity for 8–12 year old children to have the experience and joy of fishing. Attendees are also educated on the species of fish in the area, as well as water safety. We are excited to see this project continue as it has for the last 20 years, with many Kiwanis members from three divisions providing support. The Capital District Kiwanis Foundation is pleased to award $3,500 to the Kiwanis Club of Carrollton!

We will be sharing more about these projects as they come to completion, including pictures and videos, in hopes it will encourage your clubs to submit a grant application! We hope it will inspire your club and members to think of projects you could complete in your community, as Kiwanis strives to change the world one child, and one community at a time. If you would like information on the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation grants process, the funding cycle, or to complete an application, please visit our website at