The Fund for Haywood County Announces $20,460 in Grants

(May 2015) – Six grants totaling $20,460 were recently awarded by The Fund for Haywood County and the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund. The Medford Fund supports beautification, streetscape improvements and other public amenities in Waynesville.

Clothes To Kids of Haywood County was awarded $2,330 to provide economically disadvantaged school-age children with quality clothing so that they may attend school with the confidence and self-esteem needed to achieve academic success.

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park was awarded $2,000 to support a local school teacher's participation in the National Park Service Teacher-Ranger-Teacher summer program in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina was awarded $2,050 to enable teams of 3rd to 8th grade girls from five Haywood County schools to participate in Girls on the Run, an experience-based afterschool program that creatively integrates self-confidence and running for health.

Haywood Waterways Association works to protect water quality in Haywood County. Photo by Gary Peeples.

Haywood Waterways Association was awarded $3,360 to support a Lake Junaluska greenway project that will stabilize the shoreline and maintain the reservoir for recreation as an economic driver in the county.

Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation was awarded $1,500 to assist in the Project Deep Rescue pilot program that will rescue animals with known medical issues.

The Town of Waynesville was awarded $9,220 from the Medford Fund to purchase and install 21 metal bicycle racks to encourage safe bicycle riding and parking throughout the town.

"We're honored to receive this grant from The Fund for Haywood County," said Eric Romaniszyn, Executive Director of Haywood Waterways Association. "This project will protect water quality, while also enhancing tourism and economic development. It's a win-win solution, and we are very grateful to count The Fund for Haywood County as one of our partners."

The Fund for Haywood Country, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, is a permanently endowed fund to meet local needs. Tax-deductible gifts are added to the principal, which is preserved and invested. The returns are used to make grants to support nonprofits in Haywood County. Since 1994, The Fund for Haywood County, in partnership with CFWNC, has awarded 93 grants totaling $771,120.

The local volunteer Advisory Board works to raise awareness of The Fund for Haywood County and to build assets for the future. The Advisory Board also helps select grantees for the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund. Advisory Board members are: George D. Ivey (Chair), Nyda Bittmann-Neville, Parrish Ezell, Dionne Ghaussy, John Keith, Bruce Kingshill, Christine Mallette, Scott McLeod, Jeremy Phillips, Bennie Sharpton, Donald Stanton, David Sutton and Sarah Wenzel.