REC's LEARN Grant Program Provides Funding for Local Schools and Non-profits

June 27, 2017

REC recently awarded $16,000 in grants to non-profits, emergency service agencies, and local schools. The grants are made possible through REC's LEARN (Literacy, Education, and Rural Networking) program.

"Concern for the community is one of seven cooperative principles. At REC we believe in supporting the communities we serve. In some way, all REC members are likely to be positively affected by one or more of the programs that has received funding from the LEARN grants. I am confident that this year’s recipients will do great things for their communities and make them even greater places to live and work,” said Matt Faulconer, manager of external affairs.

This year, REC awarded grants to the following applicants:

Community Organizations

  • $2,000 - A Farm Less Ordinary - Clarke County - providing employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • $1,000 - The Paul Stefan Foundation - Orange County - providing college tuition assistance for low-income single mothers
  • $1,000 - Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic - the counties of Orange, Greene, Madison and Culpeper - providing reduced cost or free dental care for low-income veterans
  • $1,000 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library - the counties of Spotsylvania and Stafford - bringing critical library and technology services to rural communities via pop-up libraries
  • $1,000 - Family Promises of Shenandoah County - Shenandoah - helping homeless families seek employment and permanent housing


  • $1,000 - Essex High School - Essex County - supporting computer programming curriculum/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program
  • $1,000 - Mary Walter Elementary - Fauquier County - providing software licensing for Title 1 reading and math programs
  • $1,000 - Stonewall Elementary School - Frederick County - upgrading of classroom seating in reading classes
  • $500 - South Anna Elementary - Hanover County - creation of a professional advisory committee to create STEM lessons for 3rd - 5th grades
  • $500 - Brock Road Elementary - Spotsylvania County - supporting purchase of tablet PCs for classrooms
  • $500 - Beaverdam Elementary School - Hanover County - creation of dedicated space for STEM curriculum
  • $500 - Orange County High School - Orange County - supporting the outdoor classroom and greenhouse
  • $500 - Spotsylvania County Public Schools - Spotsylvania County - providing lab experiences with electricity using Snap Circuit Electricity Kits

Emergency Services

  • $1,500 - Lake of the Woods Rescue Squad - Orange County - EMT training for treating cardiac arrest
  • $1,500 - Sperryville Volunteer Rescue - Rappahannock County - CPR training for volunteers
  • $1,500 - Winchester Sheriffs Foundation - Frederick County - supporting the Project Lifesaver initiative

The Cooperative began the LEARN program in 1996. Since then, the program has awarded grant money to the community in support of more than 145 projects throughout REC’s service territory, including nutrition enhancement for low-income students, adult literacy programs and assisting with the purchase of emergency live-saving equipment.

For more information about REC’s LEARN Grant, visit or by contacting Justin Cruise, REC’s public relations specialist, at 1-800-552-3904, ext. 5905 or

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