Pigeon River Fund

Through November 2018, more than $7.1 million has been awarded in grants by the Pigeon River Fund to projects in Haywood, Buncombe and Madison counties.

Asheville GreenWorks was awarded $25,000 to expand its successful Trash Boom Project with the installation of three Trash Trout Juniors on local waterways in Asheville: Smith Mill Creek, Sweeten Creek and Gashes Creek. Photo courtesy of GreenWorks.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license creating the Pigeon River Fund (PRF) in 1996 as well as the PRF Fund Agreement defined the objectives of the grant program as follows:

  • To improve surface water quality,
  • To enhance fish and wildlife management habitats,
  • To expand public use and access to waterways, and
  • To increase citizens' awareness about their roles in protecting these resources.Refer to the License Statement for additional detail.

The Pigeon River Fund was established in 1996 through an agreement between Progress Energy and the State of North Carolina. The grant program is administered by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

To learn more about the Pigeon River Fund, contact Senior Program Officer Tara Scholtz at 828-367-9913.

Pigeon River Fund Board

Grant decisions are made by members of the Pigeon River Fund Advisory Committee who are appointed by the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources per the FERC license agreement.

Review the Pigeon River Fund License Statement.

View Recent Grants.

The Pigeon River Fund exists to improve the streams and rivers of Haywood, Buncombe and Madison counties.