Cashiers Community Fund Awards Grants Totaling $141,000

Photo courtesy of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust that was awarded $6,500 to support the Kids in Nature program.

The Cashiers Community Fund is pleased to announce $141,000 in grants to nonprofits serving Cashiers and the surrounding region. Since 1994, the Cashiers Community Fund has awarded $1,475,785 to projects serving the Cashiers community. These grants also received funding from the Lyn K. Holloway Memorial Fund.

The recent grants include:

The Bascom was awarded $10,000 for its Cashiers Community Outreach and Education Initiative, including the scholarship program, instructors and materials.

Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project was awarded $10,000 to increase access to free preventive dental services and dental health education for low-income residents of the Cashiers area.

Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau was awarded $10,000 for Academic Success programming that includes homework help, supplemental academic material and tutoring.

Cashiers Valley Preschool was awarded $10,000 to purchase supplies, toys, equipment and furnishings for a new toddler room and an awning cover for the sidewalk entrance to the room.

Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society was awarded $10,000 for seven weeks of Critter Camp, a new summer camp program for rising first through sixth graders.

Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers was awarded $10,000 for general operating support.

Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry was awarded $10,000 for food purchases.

Friends of Panthertown was awarded $10,000 to support its ongoing forest stewardship and conservation mission, promote volunteer work days and cover operating expenses necessary to coordinate volunteers.

Hampton School was awarded $10,000 to provide high-quality childcare for children ages twelve months to twelve years in a safe and nurturing learning environment.

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust was awarded $6,500 to support the Kids in Nature Education Coordinator who will oversee all aspects of the program including scheduling, curriculum planning and implementation.

Mountain Projects/Circles of Hope Cashiers was awarded $7,500 for direct service personnel, supplies, educational materials and incentives for its financial sustainability program.

Mountain Youth Charities/Junior Appalachian Musicians-Blue Ridge was awarded $7,000 to support its afterschool community music program for children.

Pisgah Legal Services was awarded $10,000 to expand its provision of free civil legal assistance and advocacy to low-income people who live and work in and around Cashiers.

Summit Charter School was awarded $10,000 to implement Place-Based Learning initiatives for more than 250 Cashiers-area students.

The Village Green was awarded $10,000 to install public Wi-Fi broadband access for the 13.2 acres of central community park space in Cashiers.

“Through the support of friends and neighbors, we are able to fund a wide variety of nonprofits and projects and can continue to meet changing needs over time,” said Advisory Board Chair Shannon Hargrove. “We welcome additional gifts to the Fund and are grateful to those who have been integral to its inception and growth including Dave Dimling, Louis Freeman, Ed Michaels and Fred Tattersall, who led and supported a fundraising campaign that increased the Fund’s endowment five-fold between 2007 and 2013."

“A permanent charitable resource is vital to the community,” said Michaels. “Others agreed and were willing to reach deep when we asked for their support to significantly increase the endowment.”

Among the area’s longest standing charitable funds, the Cashiers Community Fund’s distinction as an endowment positions it to provide support in perpetuity. The local volunteer Advisory Board works to raise awareness of the Cashiers Community Fund and to build assets for the future. The board members are Lisa Bates, Jeanne Builder, Bill Canby, Shannon Hargrove, Melissa Hudson, Carol Hunter, Harriet Karro, Jochen Lucke, Harry Phillips, Linda Quick, Jeff Sikes, Toby Summerour and Barbara Tickle. For additional information about the Cashiers Community Fund, contact Chair Shannon Hargrove at 828-743-7029.

The Cashiers Community Fund supports projects improving the quality of life in greater Cashiers and benefitting the broad community and its residents. CCF provides grants between $2,500-$10,000 to nonprofit organizations and public agencies for charitable purposes, including programmatic needs, capital campaigns and operating expenses.