The McDowell Endowment

Brackett Town Farms
Brackett Town Farms received $2,500 to repair and improve its petting farm that focuses on therapeutic support of people with special needs. Photo courtesy of Brackett Town Farms.

The McDowell Endowment seeks to improve the quality of life in McDowell County by promoting charitable giving and supporting projects that benefit its communities and residents.

The McDowell Endowment provides grants between $2,500 - $5,000 for charitable purposes. At its discretion, The McDowell Endowment Advisory Board may also consider grant requests for greater or lesser amounts. 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.

Deadlines and Dates

The grant application deadline is 5 p.m. on February 1. If the deadline date is on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is 5 p.m. the next business day.

Eligibility

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

What We Do Not Fund

Grants generally do not support: annual giving campaigns, endowment funds, debt repayment, sectarian religious purposes, partisan political purposes, 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 Virginia Dollar, Senior Program Officer, by email or at 828-367-9907.

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, 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 Endowment’s Advisory Board, with consideration of the Endowment’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 Endowment'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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