The Fund for Mitchell County Awards Grants Totaling $25,000

(March 2019) – Ten grants totaling $25,000 were awarded to Mitchell County nonprofits by The Fund for Mitchell County in its first independent grant cycle.

The Fund was established in 1999 by local residents as a permanent charitable endowment to meet local needs. Gifts are added to the Fund's principal to be preserved and invested, while grants from the Fund support nonprofits in Mitchell County. Since 1999, The Fund for Mitchell County, in partnership with CFWNC, has awarded 88 grants totaling more than $720,000.

The 2019 grants include:

Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center was awarded $1,000 for road improvements to provide safer access for school buses.

Blue Ridge Partnership for Children was awarded $3,050 to purchase supplies, food and materials for its Child & BLOCK event.

Camp Spring Creek Outreach was awarded $2,500 for a study that will evaluate small-group Orton-Gillingham tutoring provided to 18 kindergartners.

Mayland Community College Foundation was awarded $3,200 for a student emergency needs fund.

Mitchell County Animal Rescue was awarded $1,000 for a spay and neutering program for kittens and cats.

Mitchell County Department of Cooperative Extension was awarded $2,500 to support its summer youth program.

Partners Aligned Toward Health was awarded $1,500 for a summer tennis camp for youth.

Pisgah Legal Services was awarded $5,000 to provide free civil legal assistance and advocacy to low-income residents.

Special Olympics Mitchell County was awarded $2,500 for an equestrian program at Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center.

WAMY Community Action was awarded $2,750 to provide garden vouchers to low-income families.

"These grants comprise our first independent cycle, marking the progress and growth of the Fund," said Advisory Board Chair Nick Joerling. "Through the support of friends and neighbors, we are able to fund a wider variety of nonprofits and projects and can continue to meet changing needs over time. We are very grateful to everyone who has helped to build a permanent charitable resource for Mitchell County. We welcome additional gifts to the Fund that will enable us to support even more local programs with local dollars."

The local volunteer Advisory Board includes: Nick Joerling (Chair), Beverly Ayscue (Vice Chair), Becky Plummer (Secretary), Janie DeVos, Sammie Ellis, Delphia Lamberson, Sue Ledford, Brandon Roberts and Brenda Sparks.

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