The Fund for Mitchell County Awards Grants Totaling $30,930

(April 2024) – The Fund for Mitchell County awarded ten grants totaling $30,930 to nonprofits serving Mitchell County in its recent grant cycle. The Fund for Mitchell County, in partnership with The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC), has awarded grants totaling $860,039.

“Through its grant program, The Fund for Mitchell County supports local nonprofits doing work in our community,” said Advisory Board Chair Beverly Ayscue. “Building an endowment for Mitchell County has allowed us to give back to organizations that provide critical services and improve the quality of life for everyone who lives here. We hope that we can fund more programs with more dollars each year, which is why we continue to grow the Fund. We are grateful to our friends and neighbors who support us in these efforts.”

The 2024 grants are:

$3,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina for a youth mentoring program that serves children from disadvantaged families.

$4,000 to Center for Rural Health Innovation to provide access to medical services through telehealth at a community clinic.

$2,986 to Children's Cancer Partners of the Carolinas to provide access to medical care for children who have cancer.

$1,000 to Mitchell County Animal Rescue to provide food for pets of families with low incomes.

$5,000 to Mitchell County Shepherd's Staff to purchase a refrigerator and freezer for its food pantry and to repair its parking lot.

$2,500 to Mitchell Giving Gardens for a fresh food program that serves people with low incomes.

$2,500 to Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity for a volunteer coordinator who will support volunteer efforts to help families with low incomes become homeowners.

$3,444 to Partners Aligned Toward Health for a youth mental health and substance use prevention program.

$4,000 to Pisgah Legal Services for free civil legal assistance and advocacy for domestic violence survivors.

$2,500 to WAMY Community Action to provide critical home repair for people with low incomes.

In 1999, local residents established The Fund for Mitchell County 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 serving Mitchell County. To make a tax-deductible contribution, donate online or by mail c/o CFWNC, 4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 300, Asheville NC 28803. Make checks payable to CFWNC, noting “The Fund for Mitchell County” in the memo line. Contributions of any size are welcome.

The local volunteer Advisory Board includes: Beverly Ayscue (Chair), Robin Buchanan, Christopher Day (Vice Chair), Kathey Hollifield (Secretary), Stuart Jensen, Nicholas Joerling, Andy Palmer, Geraldine Plato, Suzanne B. Russell, Zan Sistare, Brenda H. Sparks and Diane W. Walker O.D.

For more information about The Fund for Mitchell County, contact Advisory Board Chair Beverly Ayscue at 910-297-5212.