The Fund for Haywood County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina was awarded $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. Photo courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The Fund for Haywood County (FHC) seeks to improve the quality of life in Haywood County by promoting charitable giving and supporting projects that benefit its communities and residents.

FHC provides grants up to $7,500 for charitable purposes. Requests that exhibit the greatest community benefit will be given the highest consideration.

  • If an organization other than the applicant will benefit from the grant, then the applicant should include a letter of endorsement from that organization.
  • Projects should be completed within one year of receipt of grant funds.

The Fund for Haywood County also advises the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund, which provides grants for beautification, streetscape improvements and other public amenities within the city limits of the Town of Waynesville, North Carolina or its defined extra-territorial jurisdictions for the purpose of enhancing economic prosperity, a healthy community and the arts for public enjoyment. Grants should support specific projects, initiatives or efforts rather than provide general operating support.

Special Instructions for Medford Fund grants:

  • Any application submitted by a group or agency that is not part of the Town of Waynesville should include a letter of support from the Town of Waynesville (e.g., the Town Manager or the appropriate Town department or commission).
  • Projects offering matching support (cash and/or in-kind) are preferred over those without any match.
  • Projects taking place on Town of Waynesville property are strongly preferred.
  • Projects should be completed within one year of receipt of grant funds.

If you are interested in applying for a Medford Fund grant, please contact Senior Program Officer Tara Scholtz to discuss your proposal. If it is deemed eligible, she will provide you with a code to access the Medford Fund application in our online system.

Deadlines and Dates

The grant application deadline for both grant opportunities is 5 p.m. on the first Friday in February.


  • Grants are made to qualified 501(c)(3), governmental, educational, and religious organizations serving Haywood County.
  • An eligible organization may only submit one application per year.

What We Do Not Fund

Grants generally do not support: capital campaigns, scholarships, annual giving campaigns, endowment funds, debt repayment, sectarian religious purposes, partisan political purposes, festivals or one-time events such as exhibits, performances or fundraisers, private primary and secondary schools (except for projects or programs that are not directed toward the school's students or staff and that directly address community needs) and private clubs, or activities taking place or expenses incurred before grant decisions are made.

How to Apply

1. Access Community Foundation Staff Assistance

If you would like to discuss your proposal or have questions regarding eligibility, you are welcome to contact Tara Scholtz, Senior Program Officer, by email or at 828-367-9913.

2. Submit a Grant Application

Access the online application process to submit a grant application. For technical assistance with the online grant system, please contact Diane Crisp, Senior Grants Manager, by email or at 828-367-9904. Applicants will be notified by email upon receipt of their application.

3. Review Process

Applications are screened for completeness, clarity, and compliance with eligibility requirements. Grant proposals are evaluated by the Fund’s Advisory Board, with consideration of the Fund’s priorities, availability of funds for the stated purposes, applicants’ capabilities, and potential benefits to the community. Funding decisions will be completed, grant awards announced, and funds distributed by the end of March. Use of grant funds may begin on or after April 1.

Reporting Requirements

An online end-of-grant report verifying use of grant funds and results will be required. Instructions will be included in the grant award letter. Additional reports or site visits may also be required.

Guideline Modifications

The Fund’s Advisory Board may modify these guidelines, or make exceptions to them, in consultation with the staff of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

For additional information, visit Recent Grants.

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