Recent Grants

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

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 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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