The Yancey Fund Awards $74,000 in Grants

(May 2018) – Eleven grants totaling $74,000 were recently awarded to nonprofits by The Yancey Fund, bringing total grantmaking since the Endowment's inception to more than $1 million. The Yancey Fund was established in 1998 by local residents as a resource for charitable efforts that benefit Yancey County.

The grants include:

Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center - $3,060 to increase summer programming for Yancey County children.

Blue Ridge Resource Conservation & Development - $3,500 to design and install educational signs along a section of Mitchell Branch in Ray-Cort Park.

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival - $2,008 to help fund author participation.

Micaville Elementary School - $7,500 to construct a walking trail with fitness stations.

Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity - $8,000 to develop a long-term program to assist elderly and disabled people so they can remain in their homes.

Partners Aligned Toward Health - $10,000 toward the revitalization of Ray-Cort Park to support the purchase of playground equipment, secure in-kind donations and provide funds to gather community input and collaboration from a diverse group of partners.

Southern Reconciliation Ministries - $10,000 to increase the size of its building to serve more people.

Toe River Aggregation Center Training Organization Regional (TRACTOR) - $10,000 to increase market access for 25 small family farms.

Toe River Health District - $10,000 to integrate a comprehensive professional training program and curriculum to help improve the health of children from low-income families.

Yancey County Humane Society - $2,008 to assist with spay and neuter surgeries for dogs.

Yancey County Child Development Center - $7,924 to develop a garden learning center for students and families to provide more access to affordable and healthy foods.

"The Yancey Fund is pleased to award these grants to a diverse group of nonprofits addressing the needs of Yancey County residents," said Advisory Board Chair Ron Powell. "We are very grateful to our friends and neighbors who have helped support the Fund so that local dollars can support local needs."

With goals to inspire philanthropy and to strengthen charitable organizations in Yancey County, the Fund grows through tax-deductible contributions. To make a gift, donate online or by mail to The Yancey Fund, P.O. Box 966, Burnsville, NC 28714-0966. Checks should be made out to CFWNC, noting The Yancey Fund in the memo line. Contributions of any size are welcome and will enable the Fund to support more programs with local dollars.

For more information, contact Advisory Board Chair Ron Powell at 828-208-3057, visit or talk to any Yancey Fund Advisory Board member: Jim Ashton, Jill Austin, Gretchen Banks, Larissa Bare, Amber Westall Briggs, Frances Coletta, Jim Gentry, Linda Goldberg, Elliott Grosh, David McIntosh, Jamie McMahan, Ron Powell (Chair), Wanda Proffitt, Greg Stella and Sam Young.