Recent Grants

Since 1994, The Fund for Haywood County, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 152 grants totaling $1,196,298.

Photo courtesy of Clothes to Kids.

Clothes to Kids awarded $2,125 Grant


Clothes To Kids of Haywood County received $2,125 to defray the rental cost of a trailer to sort and store donated clothing. Currently, approximately 47% of the 7100+ school children in Haywood County receive free and reduced lunch. These same families struggle to buy appropriate school clothing for their children. Clothes To Kids provides children complete wardrobes twice a year to eliminate a barrier to school success and to empower the children to do their best. Over the past year, 663 wardrobes consisting of 3-4 bottoms, 3-4 tops, a jacket or sweater, a coat, a pair of shoes, 3 pairs each of underwear and socks and several accessory items were distributed.

Spring 2021 - Grants totaling $24,610

  • Babies Need Bottoms - $2,710 to expand access to diapers, wipes, rash cream, and basic hygiene essentials to Haywood families facing persistent poverty and acute crisis.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina - $2,325 to recruit, screen, train and place ten new mentoring volunteers (Bigs) that will be paired with fifteen K-12 children (Littles) who reside in Haywood County.
  • Clothes To Kids of Haywood County - $2,125 to defray the cost of rent, utilities and phone for its clothing shop for kids.
  • Community Kitchen - $2,975 to purchase food and supplies needed to provide fresh, hot meals nightly.
  • Fines Creek Community Association - $3,115 toward supplemental food and MANNA Pantry operating costs.
  • Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency - $3,080 to provide new mothers with access to education and infant safety products, including car seats, pack and plays, and diapers.
  • Haywood County Meals on Wheels - $3,220 to provide meals to disadvantaged seniors 60 years and older who are homebound, struggling to prepare meals due to physical or mental health challenges, or lack other assistance or resources.
  • Haywood Habitat for Humanity - $2,850 from the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund toward the construction of a greenway connecting Haywood Habitat for Humanity's future neighborhood of ten affordable homes on Sylvan Street to the Town of Waynesville’s Chestnut Park, also previously supported by the Medford Fund.
  • KARE (Kids Advocacy Resource Effort) - $2,210 to support the Positive Parenting Program that addresses the significant need for parenting outreach resources in rural Haywood County and provides services to families who have been exposed to violence and maltreatment.

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