Another set of meetings geared toward mini-grant projects in the Upper Kanawha Valley area is planned for Thursday, Jan. 21.

Virtual Cultivate WV mini-grant workshops are scheduled at noon and 6 p.m. on Thursday, according to Amanda Workman-Scott, director of community engagement for the WV Community Development Hub. She said identical information will be presented during both sessions, so there is no need to attend both.

The Thursday sessions will focus on the mini-grant application process, providing tips on how to complete the application and answering any questions that may arise.

Cultivate WV, a statewide program, will provide $40,000 in funding which is expected to be available this spring for mini-grants for community members operating under the umbrella of the UKV Strategic Initiatives Council (a combination of leadership from Montgomery and Smithers). Mini-grants will be awarded in maximum increments of $2,000.

Workman-Scott said individuals who are aware of others in the community who have project ideas and may be interested in applying are asked to share details with those people.

Anyone planning to submit a mini-grant application, wanting to discuss a project idea or interested in being part of a project team is asked to attend Thursday.

Previous informational sessions were held over the fall and early winter to pitch ideas and formulate a plan of attack for participating organizations.

A variety of project ideas has already been broached, including an internet café in the Smithers Gateway Center to allow seniors to learn and use social media to stay connected to family and friends, signage on Rte. 60 (Midland Trail) at the east and west ends of the Smithers and Montgomery city limits that will showcase the businesses and services available in the area, support for planning the 2021 Smithers Plein Air Art Friday Night community activities, beautification projects at the entry to the area from the east and west on Routes 60 and 61, a coffee and pastry shop in view of Rte. 60, a dog park and an AirBnB training and organizing session for interested area residents with property to rent to tourists.

Sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday.

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— Steve Keenan

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