Recent Grants

Since 1995, The McDowell Endowment, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 142 grants totaling $1,118,616.

Photo courtesy of Camp Spring Creek.

Camp Spring Creek Awarded $5,000 for Teacher Training

Camp Spring Creek was awarded $5,000 to offer a 50-hour Orton-Gillingham training plus year-long mentorship to three teachers at North Cove Elementary School in Marion. The Orton-Gillingham method of teaching reading is a multi-sensory, sequential, language-based approach. This approach is particularly effective for students who have dyslexia (an estimated 10 to 15 percent of the population), but also for students whose parents do not read to them or who have not been introduced to concepts of print or literacy activities at a young age. Most school districts, including McDowell County Schools, have very limited funds available for teacher training and those funds are used for required trainings, not for optional ones such as Orton-Gillingham training, despite its proven effectiveness. This project is an early intervention for young readers—affecting them either just as they are starting to read or just as they are starting to struggle with reading.

Spring 2019 - Grants totaling $44,320

Brackett Town Farms - $2,500 to repair and improve its petting farm that focuses on therapeutic support of people with special needs.

Camp Spring Creek Outreach - $5,000 to offer a 50-hour Orton-Gillingham training plus year-long mentorship to three teachers at North Cove Elementary School.

Community Care of Western North Carolina - $5,000 to support mobile health clinics through outreach, marketing, and materials.

Creek Wise Park - $4,817 to help with park maintenance.

McDowell Agricultural Center - $2,000 to help cover costs of registration and travel for youth attending a livestock judging camp hosted by Oklahoma State University.

McDowell County Government/Keep McDowell Beautiful - $2,500 to support a community garden that provides produce to local people.

McDowell County Government/North Carolina Cooperative Extension - $2,000 to purchase healthy snacks for schools and food for cooking and tasting demonstrations.

McDowell LFAC (Local Food Advisory Council) - $5,000 to purchase shelving for storing donated food.

McDowell Technical Community College Foundation - $5,000 to add equipment for a "makerspace" for the college’s academic library.

Mercy Animal Rescue - $5,000 for a community program that helps with pet food, outside housing for pets, and senior special needs pets.

Quilted Hugs, INC - $3,000 to purchase fabric, batting and thread to make lap-sized quilts for emotionally and physically distressed or abused children.

YMCA of Western North Carolina - $2,503 to serve free nutritious meals to 16 adults whose children are receiving meals through another program for youth.

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