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Grants Support Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Education Initiatives, Public Programs, Acquisitions

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Jan. 23, 2009 – Major gifts and grants totaling more than $400,000 in the last quarter of 2008 support Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation education initiatives, public programs, and acquisition of artifacts for exhibit.  The Foundation is a Virginia state agency that administers Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums and statewide outreach education programs.

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s elementary school scholarship program is the beneficiary of grants of $100,000 from a private family foundation and $50,000 from Altria Group, Inc., of Richmond.  The elementary school scholarship program, which served more than 4,500 people in the 2007-08 academic year, provides outreach and on-site education programs for students and workshops for teachers in Virginia school districts with significant participation in reduced-fee and free school lunch programs.  The family foundation grant will fund the scholarship program in school districts throughout central and southeastern Virginia.  Altria’s grant will support the program in Richmond City public schools.

The private family foundation also provided $50,000 for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Summer Teacher Institute and $50,000 for acquisition of artifacts related to the American Revolution and early national period for exhibit at the Yorktown Victory Center.  The weeklong institute for Virginia educators, scheduled for July 12-17 in 2009, features lectures about 17th- and 18th-century history, workshops on interactive teaching techniques, and the opportunity for participants to work alongside Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center costumed historical interpreters.

More than half of a $50,000 grant from the Robins Foundation of Richmond will bring outreach education programs to students in the greater Richmond area, including the cities of Richmond and Petersburg and Henrico County.  A portion of the Robins Foundation grant supports the “Jamestown and Bermuda: Virginia Company Colonies” special exhibition opening at Jamestown Settlement March 1.

The federal Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission provided $75,000 for legacy educational programs at Jamestown Settlement, including the “Jamestown and Bermuda” exhibition and future lecture series, related to the early history of Jamestown and the cultures that converged there in the 17th century.

The Bank of Bermuda Foundation gave $25,000 for the “Jamestown and Bermuda” exhibition.  The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, provided $10,000 to fund an exhibition lecture series and $10,000 for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Annual Fund, which provides unrestricted support for artifact acquisition, collection care, special exhibitions and museum educational programming.

The Camp family foundations of Franklin gave $12,500 for outreach education programs in Franklin City and Southampton County schools and for the Annual Fund.

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., coordinates fundraising in support of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation programs.  For more information, call (757) 253-4139.