Recent Grants

Since 1994, The Fund for Haywood County, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 143 grants totaling $1,171,688.

Photo courtesy of NC Arboretum.

NC Arboretum awarded $3,700 to Expand Project Explore to Haywood County.


Project Explore (Experience Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education) is a free, citizen science-driven school outreach initiative developed by The North Carolina Arboretum. Over the past five years, the program has reached more than 120 teachers and 6,700 students through engaging environmental education and monitoring practices at students’ own schoolyards. A $3,700 grant is supporting the expansion of the outdoor program to schools, students and teachers in Haywood County.

Spring 2020 - Grants totaling $67,669

Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry - $3,240 to assist with outreach materials and travel expenses related to intensive outreach services for the homeless population within Haywood County.

Children's Cancer Partners of the Carolinas - $2,500 toward the costs of supporting Haywood County children battling cancer.

Clothes To Kids of Haywood County - $2,500 to defray the rental cost for an onsite trailer that is needed to sort and store donated clothing items.

Community Kitchen - $7,000 to help with the purchase of food and supplies needed on a daily basis in order to provide fresh, hot meals nightly.

Fines Creek Community Association - $5,100 to help cover supplemental food and MANNA Pantry operating costs serving more than 70 families in need.

Girls on the Run of WNC - $2,500 to support and expand its Haywood County program that addresses educational and health needs of girls in grades 3-8.

Haywood Community College Foundation - $5,000 to provide emergency funds to economically disadvantaged students who are at risk of dropping out of school due to poverty, homelessness or hunger.

Haywood Pathways Center - $3,239 to purchase an annual supply of drug screens for its residents to ensure the campus is drug-free as residents work to build healthy lives.

KARE (Kids Advocacy Resource Effort) - $7,000 to make mental health and wrap-around services available to child victims of abuse and their families.

Plains United Methodist Church - $4,500 to provide the necessary equipment, supplies, food, musical instruments and potential paid staff for an afterschool program that will benefit the children of North Canton.

The Salvation Army, Waynesville Corps - $4,000 to help fund a food pantry during the summer months when more children are at home and family resources are strained.

Town of Waynesville - $14,090 from the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund to assist in the purchase and installation of playground equipment at Calvary Craven Park in the Pigeon Community.

Vecinos Farmworker Health Program - $7,000 to assist in providing medical supplies for indigent and uninsured farmworkers as part of an integrated health care model.

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