Recent Grants

Since 1998, The Yancey Fund, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 113 grants totaling $1,100,123.

Photo courtesy of Carolina Mountains Literary Festival.

Bringing Programs to Readers of All Ages

The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival received $5,000 to connect authors with an audience of readers and writers from elementary school age to senior citizens through an annual festival and ongoing outreach with the goal to raise awareness of the importance and joys of reading. Grant funds are enabling an increase in outreach through collaborations, with AMY Library and UpCycle. Youth will create Zines using our Festival theme as their focus. They will read from their creations at the Festival. Volunteers and attendees will donate children's books for distribution to children through the Partnership for Children. In addition to a cultural benefit, there will be an economic benefit to Yancey, a rural Tier 1 county. Authors are housed and fed locally and approximately 500 people attend the festival over the course of three days from as many as sixty zip codes from NC and beyond.

Spring 2019 - Grants totaling $92,330

Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center - $7,640 for its school and summer programs.

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival - $5,000 to provide programs at elementary schools and senior citizen centers.

Dig In! Yancey Community Garden - $10,000 for a permanent location for its farm operations.

Parkway Playhouse - $9,500 for a theater program for low-income seniors.

Partners Aligned Toward Health - $10,000 for its free health programs.

Southern Reconciliation Ministries - $10,000 to purchase food for its pantry.

The Strawbridge and Martha Wilson Young Foundation - $7,722 for a field trip program in collaboration with Yancey County schools.

Toe River Aggregation Center Training Organization Regional (TRACTOR) - $9,830 to provide fresh locally-grown produce to the food insecure.

WAMY Community Action - $2,750 to provide $75 garden vouchers to 30 families.

Yancey County Cooperative Extension - $9,888 for an education and opportunity program for parents of young children.

Yancey Hospice and Palliative Care - $10,000 to expand its palliative care program.

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