Recent Grants

Since 1995, The McDowell Endowment, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 97 grants to 43 organizations totaling $862,397.

Fall 2015

Freedom Life Ministries - $19,000 to initiate a Former Offender Resource Project developed to address personal, transportation and technology needs of former offenders.

McDowell County Department of Social Services - $20,000 to provide dental care to uninsured adults.

McDowell Health Coalition - $20,000 to expand its Health Advisor for Employers Program, which will implement obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke prevention activities related to healthy eating and physical activity in the community, worksite and faith settings. 

Spring 2015

Historic Carson House - $2,500 to help build the Jubilee Arbor, an open air pavilion that will enable the nonprofit to offer educational and cultural opportunities including workshops, social events and family celebrations.

Foothills Industries of McDowell County, Inc. - $2,500 to purchase a video surveillance system to protect the campus, which has experienced recent theft and vandalism.

McDowell Mission Ministries - $2,250 to undertake extensive repairs and remodeling to improve the men’s bathroom.  The Mission currently has two working toilets for 23 men. 

McDowell Technical Community College - $750 to pay for testing fees for low-income students at the NC Works Career Center so they can earn a National Career Readiness Certificate, which helps graduates find better paying jobs.

Grants since inception.

The following nonprofit organizations have received grants from the McDowell Endowment:

Altapass Foundation, Inc.
Carson Home Restoration, Inc.
Centro Unido Latino - Americano
Community Health Council of Rutherford County
Davidson's Fort Historic Park, Inc.
East McDowell Junior High School 
Endowment Fund of the Public Schools of McDowell County-McPals
First Baptist Church of Marion
Foothills Community Theatre
Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, Inc.
Foothills Industries of McDowell County
Freedom Life Ministries
Good Samaritan Clinic of McDowell County
Grace Community Church 
Historic Carson House
Hospice of McDowell County Inc.
Institute of Marine & Agricultural Research Inc
Keep McDowell Beautiful
KEY Players
KidSenses, Inc.
Magical Moments Therapeutic Riding Center
Manna Food Bank
McDowell Arts and Crafts Association
McDowell County Arts Council
McDowell County Department of Social Services
McDowell County Dread Disease Association
McDowell County Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
McDowell County Health Department 
McDowell County Partnership for Children and Families
McDowell County Public Library
McDowell County Schools
McDowell County Senior Center 
McDowell County United Way
McDowell Hospital 
McDowell Mission Ministry|
McDowell Technical Community College
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, McDowell County Center
North Carolina Mental Health Association
Old Fort Crisis Ministries
Old Fort Elementary School 
Repay, Inc.
Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation
YMCA of Western North Carolina - McDowell

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