Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund Announces $48,800 in Grants

(April 2021) – The Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund awarded thirteen grants totaling $48,800 to local nonprofits in its recent grant cycle. The Endowment, in partnership with CFWNC, has awarded grants totaling $1,184,920.

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.

“These awards are possible because people who care about this community built a fund over time,” said Advisory Board Chair Lori Turley. “Nonprofits have faced so many challenges over the past year. We are pleased to award these grants to help important community organizations address the needs of those continuing to suffer from the pandemic and to aid in our community’s recovery.”

The 2021 grants are:

$5,000 to Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity to provide home repairs for low-income people.

$3,000 to Babies Need Bottoms to provide diapers to low-income families.

$3,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina to recruit, screen, train and place mentoring volunteers with disadvantaged children from the Owen School District.

$5,000 to Black Mountain Counseling Center to provide mental health services to uninsured and underinsured clients.

$5,000 to Bounty & Soul to support food distribution to low-income communities.

$1,000 to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue to subsidize spay/neuter surgeries for pets of low-income families.

$1,500 to Children's Cancer Partners of the Carolinas to provide children with cancer access to medical treatment.

$3,100 to Co-operate WNC for a cooperative savings program supporting community projects that provide human services and support business start-ups.

$5,000 to Food Connection to support the program director who manages food distribution to low-income people.

$5,000 to Guardian ad Litem Association of Buncombe County to support the unmet needs of children under DSS care.

$5,000 to Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County to purchase wholesale food for meals for homebound seniors.

$1,700 to St. Vincent de Paul Society - St. Margaret Mary Conference to purchase equipment and food to provide meals for low-income people.

$5,000 to Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry to provide rental assistance 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 in 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, Mary Anna Belz, Jon Brooks, John Buckner, Chip Craig, Carol Groben, Roger Hibbard, Margaret Hurt, Rodney Lytle, Scott Roy, Joseph Standaert and Lori Turley (Chair).