Recent Grants

Since 1995, The McDowell Endowment, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 156 grants totaling $1,165,636.

Photo courtesy of McDowell Local Food Advisory Council (LFAC).

McDowell LFAC Awarded $4,983 for Cold Storage Project

The McDowell Local Food Advisory Council (LFAC), on behalf of the Foothills Food Hub, received $4,983 to install drainage and plumbing for additional cool and cold storage to help local organizations and farmers during the growing season. This grant, with others received, will create the infrastructure needed to install a previously purchased, walk-in cooler as well as an additional cooler for farmers funded by CFWNC in 2019. The LFAC advocates for an equitable and economically viable local food system enhancing livelihoods for farmers, ensuring food security and improving overall health and wellness for all.

Spring 2020 - Grants totaling $47,020

Babies Need Bottoms - $3,000 to provide diapers for low-income families.

Camp Grier - $4,000 to complete a three-mile section of the Fonta Flora connector trail.

CareReach (formerly Community Care of Western North Carolina) - $5,000 to support mobile health clinics that provide screenings and resources for low-income people.

Children's Cancer Partners of the Carolinas - $2,000 to help children with cancer from low-income families access medical treatments.

City of Marion/Historic Marion Tailgate Market - $2,500 to support its food program and outreach for the market.

Creek Wise Park - $1,330 to support park maintenance.

McDowell County EMS - $1,250 to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator.

McDowell County Health Coalition - $3,800 to purchase a storage building for its soccer equipment and materials.

McDowell LFAC - $4,983 to help with construction needed for additional refrigerated and frozen storage.

McDowell Senior Center - $2,682 to replace, repair, and service exercise equipment at their senior sites.

McDowell Technical Community College Foundation - $3,600 to provide STEM Camp for 24 rising eighth-graders.

McDowell Trails Association - $3,000 to be used toward trailhead improvements and signage for segments of the Fonta Flora State Trail.

New HOPE of McDowell - $5,000 to help domestic violence and sexual assault victims find safe permanent housing.

YMCA of Western North Carolina - $4,875 to provide meals for low-income adults.

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