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Big Cover Up grant proposals are sought

October 22, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON — United Way of the River Cities is accepting grant proposals from area high schools for The Big Cover Up youth initiative. The Big Cover Up is a matching grant available to student service clubs that develop a project to provide coats, hats, gloves and other necessary warm clothing to younger students in need. High schools in Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mason counties in West Virginia, and in Lawrence County, Ohio, are eligible to apply.

“Now in its 19th year, The Big Cover Up has helped provide warm clothing to hundreds of local children and taught hundreds more high school students the joy of giving back to their community,” said Andrea Roy, director of community impact.

Matching funds raised by student groups are not required to be dollar-for-dollar for grant funds; monies raised, in-kind contributions, or discounts from retailers all can be counted as a match. Each group must have a faculty sponsor. However, the project must be youth-led.

Grant awards are generously funded through a donation from Advantage Toyota. The application and complete project guidelines are available by contacting Roy at 304-523-8929, ext. 107 or by email to andrea. roy@unitedwayrivercities.org. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 16.