HHOMA accepting grant applications for BRIDGE pilot program in Kanawha, Berkeley, and Jefferson counties


​CHARLESTON, WV – The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA) is accepting grant applications for a new pilot program that aims to improve community health and economic development in Kanawha, Berkeley, and Jefferson counties.

The pilot program, called Building Resources In Diverse Geographic Environments (BRIDGE), is a comprehensive community revitalization effort with a mission of addressing poverty, improving community-wide health, stimulating labor force participation and supporting economic development. The program also aims to combat substance abuse, improve crime rates, and includes neighborhood revitalization.

“Several communities within these counties are currently facing significant challenges,” HHOMA Executive Director Jill Upson said. “Launching this pilot project will allow these areas to lead the way in working to improve health and social outcomes for all West Virginians.”

The BRIDGE Grant Program focuses on six priority areas: 
1. Economic stability
2. Healthcare
3. Social/community services
4. Neighborhood environment
5. Community living
6. Education

Individual grants worth up to $25,000 will be awarded to local community organizations, nonprofits, and colleges located within Kanawha, Berkeley, or Jefferson counties.

Those interested in applying for the grants may do so by visiting the HHOMA website at: minorityaffairs.wv.gov/BRIDGE.

A total of approximately $250,000 in grant funding is available for projects in Kanawha County.

A total of approximately $250,000 in grant funding is available for projects in Berkeley and/or Jefferson counties.

A guide that contains instructions for completing the application is available on the HHOMA website.

Applications must be delivered or postmarked by Dec. 1, 2019.

While these pilot efforts will take place specifically in Kanawha, Berkeley, and Jefferson counties, the goal is to eventually expand the program to other counties across the state.

“Under the leadership of Governor Jim Justice, we are taking proactive steps toward solving challenges in many communities across the state that need help the most,” Upson said. “We are excited for the applications to begin coming in for the BRIDGE program and we hope that it's so successful that we will, one day, be able to use it as a model to lend a helping hand in every corner of West Virginia.” 


The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs is committed to assisting all underserved citizens across West Virginia and developing innovative ways to address issues affecting minority populations through conversation, education, leadership and collaboration. For more information, visit Facebook at @WVHHOMA, minorityaffairs.wv.gov or call the office at 304-356-2023. 

Contact Information

Michelle.D.Petties@wv.gov, 304-356-2023