Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund Announces $114,160 in Grants

(April 2022) – The Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund awarded seventeen grants totaling $114,160 to nonprofits serving the community in its recent grant cycle. The Endowment, in partnership with CFWNC, has awarded grants totaling $1,299,080.

The Buckner Family Endowment Fund, Forbes Fund for Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley and Helen S. and Jerry M. Newbold, Jr. Endowment Fund also provided funding for these grants.

“Swannanoa Valley nonprofits undertake important, front-line work in our community and have addressed numerous challenges over the last two years,” said Advisory Board Chair Carol Groben. “These organizations see a need and work to address it. We are grateful to our donors who have built a permanent charitable resource to support local programs with local dollars.”

The 2022 grants are:

$10,000 to Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity for a home repair program for low-income people.

$3,000 to Babies Need Bottoms for a diaper-assistance program for low-income families.

$1,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina to support volunteer mentor recruitment.

$6,244 to Black Mountain Center for the Arts to upgrade computers and other technology.

$10,000 to Black Mountain Counseling Center to provide mental health services for uninsured and under-insured people.

$7,000 to Bounty & Soul to support a cooking and nutrition program for youth.

$10,000 to Charles D. Owen High School for physical fitness equipment.

$2,488 to Children's Cancer Partners of the Carolinas for treatment access to children battling cancer.

$2,500 to Christmount Christian Assembly/Camp Lakey Gap for an environmental education program for children.

$10,000 to Food Connection to support drivers and a mobile market.

$4,000 to Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa to help maintain its community garden and pavilion.

$10,000 to Helping at Risk Kids to assist children under DSS care with unmet needs.

$10,000 to Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County to provide food for homebound seniors.

$7,928 to Ministry of Hope to provide support services to women re-entering society after being incarcerated.

$7,000 to Swannanoa Valley Child Care Council/Donald S. Collins Early Learning Center to provide child care support for substitute teachers.

$10,000 to Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry to purchase essential household items for low-income and homeless people.

$3,000 to Volunteer Now (Pubcorps LLC) for a volunteer program that delivers prepared food to low-income people.

In 1999, local residents established the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund as a permanent charitable endowment to meet local needs. Gifts added to the Fund’s principal are preserved and invested, while grants from the Fund support nonprofits serving Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley. To make a tax-deductible contribution, donate online or by mail to the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund, c/o CFWNC, 4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 300, Asheville, NC 28803, memo line: Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund. Contributions of any size are welcome.

The local Advisory Board includes: Sylvia Bassett, Kannah Begley Walker, Mary Anna Belz, Amy Berry, Jon Brooks, Esteve Coll-Larrosa, Chip Craig, Carol Groben (Chair), Margaret Hurt, Rodney Lytle, Scott Roy, Sheila H. Showers and Joseph Standaert.