Focus Area Grants of $1,335,160 Announced

Three Food and Farming grants totaling $75,000 were awarded.

(November 2015) CFWNC recently approved grants totaling $1,335,160 to nonprofits across the region. The awards were made in CFWNC's focus areas, with more than $1 million in People in Need grants going to nonprofits serving economically-disadvantaged populations across the Foundation's 18-county service area. These grants were supported by grant partners including the Janirve Legacy Fund, CFWNC affiliate funds and fundholders. Since identifying its focus areas in 2011, CFWNC has awarded grants totaling $6,697,632.

Sixty-two People in Need grants of up to $20,000 and totaling $1,082,360 were made throughout the region served by the Foundation. "These grants represent the largest People in Need grant cycle in our history," said CFWNC President Elizabeth Brazas. "Significant co-investment on the part of our grant partners allows us to do more to support the nonprofits that help the region's most vulnerable individuals and families."

The People in Need cycle was supported by affiliate funds who partner with CFWNC to raise local resources that contribute to these grants. CFWNC funds that supported this grant cycle include the Connestee Falls Endowment Fund, Dr. Robert J. and Kimberly S. Reynolds Fund, Dogwood Charitable Endowment Fund, Flicker Point NC Fund, Gretchen Batra Fund, June Litchfield Charitable Fund, Painter Family Fund, Peterson Endowment Fund, Delphinium Fund, Mountin' Hopes Therapeutic Riding Fund, Carol Waggle Oliver Fund, Lipscomb Family Foundation, Little Acorn Fund-W, Walnut Fund, Wasson-Stowe Charitable Fund, Yeager-Cole Fund and two anonymous funds. The Sutherland Foundation and The Glass Foundation also provided generous support.

An Early Childhood Development grant of $150,000 was awarded over three years to establish a Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) program to serve Burke County. Funding is contingent on full program funding through other foundations and the State of North Carolina.

Three Food and Farming grants totaling $75,000 were awarded. The Organic Growers School was awarded $30,000 for the Farm Beginnings ® Farmer Training Program. Southwestern Community College received $5,500 for the 2016 Appalachian Farm School supporting farmers in small rural counties. Yancey County received $39,500 to implement phase one in the development of a county-wide comprehensive foodshed action plan.

Natural and Cultural Resources grants totaling $27,800 went to three arts organizations. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center received $17,500 for the 2016 M.C. Richards Centennial Celebration, including an exhibition, publication and public programs to be held in Asheville and Black Mountain. The Cowee Pottery School in Macon County received $4,000 to purchase five new pottery wheels, chairs and essential accessories. Polk County's Tryon Fine Arts Center was awarded $6,300 to support an integrated arts education program at Tryon Elementary School.