Bama Works Fund Gives Out Second Set of Grants for 2015

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- Dozens of local nonprofits have been given grants through the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band.

The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation announced $429,500 in grants Thursday.

The Bama Works Fund gives out two sets of grants every year.

For 2015, the philanthropy organization has awarded $852,000 to 145 nonprofits in Charlottesville and the seven surrounding counties.

"Bama Works has been there for the James River Boys and Girls Club every step of the way," said James Pierce, the club's director. "Since opening in 2014, the demand for after school and summer services in the tri-county area more than doubled our initial estimates, and there is no way we could keep up with demand without their vital support."

Since 1998, Bama Works has made more than 1,000 grants, totaling more than $16 million.

"The Dave Matthews Band deeply understands the unique needs and opportunities of this community, and we are grateful for their partnership," said Kristen Suokko, executive director of the Local Food Hub. "With their support, our local food system is more robust than ever before: small farms are thriving, and more people have access to fresh, nutritious local food."

Organizations can now apply to get a grant in the next competitive grant cycle, which will be given out in the spring.

Applications are due by Feb. 1.

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