Recent Grants

Since 1995, The McDowell Endowment, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 130 grants totaling $1,074,296.

Foothills Industries of McDowell County received $20,000 to purchase custom-made equipment for the medical drapes manufacturing line to increase capacity and self-sufficiency. Photo courtesy of Foothills Industries.  

Spring 2018

Brackett Town Farms - $2,500 toward the purchase of portable toilets and handwashing stations for the educational petting farm with a focus on therapeutic support of those with special needs, trauma and grief.

Freedom Life Ministries - $2,500 toward the purchase of a truck to support its pressure washing program.

Friends of Lake James State Park - $500 for fire safety equipment.

McDowell Arts Council - $500 for equipment for its classes and camps.

McDowell County EMS - $500 to help purchase a defibrillator.

McDowell County Public Library - $1,500 to train volunteers in its adult literacy program.

McDowell Mission Ministries - $1,500 for repairs to the men's shelter.

Mercy Animal Rescue - $500 to help dog owners keep their pets by providing food and dog houses.

Fall 2017

CareNet Counseling of Marion - $20,000 to expand services and provide greater access to behavioral healthcare and substance abuse programs.

Community Care of Western North Carolina - $20,000 to support Mobile Health Clinics that bring health care outreach, screening and resources to low-income people in convenient and familiar locations, increasing effective access to care.

Foothills Industries of McDowell County
- $20,000 to purchase custom-made equipment for the medical drapes manufacturing line to increase capacity and self-sufficiency.

Grace Community Church -$20,000 to purchase roofing material for homes occupied by low-income residents, identified by the McDowell Housing Coalition, who are unable to pay for necessary roof replacement.

Isothermal Planning and Development Commission -  Co-investment in $35,000 CFWNC Food and Farming to support the development of the Community Food and Health Hub.  This project is the culmination of work done over the past four years by a coalition of churches, food pantry leaders, government agencies, nonprofits and community residents, working together on three goals: 1) lower food insecurity in McDowell County and increase healthy food at food pantries; 2) build a stronger and more prosperous local food system; and 3) increase access to fresh, local, healthy food for the whole community.

Spring 2017

City of Marion Tailgate Market - $800 to purchase a credit card processor that will allow the market to continue to increase market sales and EBT/SNAP transactions.

Keep McDowell Beautiful - $500 to purchase materials for the garden at Glenwood Elementary School.

McDowell County Public Library - $500 to purchase supplies for a garden at the Old Fort Library.

McDowell County Schools - $750 to help provide an alternative diversion program for first-time misdemeanant offenders ages 9-17 years old in McDowell County.  Funds will provide operational costs including salaries, office supplies and communications expenses.

McDowell Technical Community College Foundation - $750 to help support Camp Opportunity for McDowell County middle school students.  The camp allows 150 low-income students to explore four different possible career paths.

New HOPE of McDowell County - $2,000 provide a portion of the salary for a Client Services Advocate to support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. New HOPE is the only Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault agency in McDowell County.

P.G. Volunteer Fire Department - $2,150 to replace and upgrade equipment that is needed to fight forest fires and support neighboring fire departments.

Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church - $2,000 to continue to operate a Handicap Ramp Ministry that provides handicap ramps, at no cost, to needy residents of McDowell County.  There are currently eleven residents on the waiting list.

Quilted Hugs $500 to purchase supplies for volunteers who make quilts for traumatized children in McDowell County.  The quilts are distributed by DSS, Lily’s Place and the McDowell Hospital.

Grants since inception.

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

Altapass Foundation, Inc.
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
CareNet Counseling of Marion
Carson Home Restoration, Inc.
Centro Unido Latino - Americano
City of Marion Tailgate Market
Community Care of Western North Carolina
Community Health Council of Rutherford County
Davidson's Fort Historic Park, Inc.
Dysartsville Christian Ministries
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
Isothermal Planning and Development Commission 
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
New HOPE of McDowell
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, McDowell County Center
North Carolina Mental Health Association
Old Fort Crisis Ministries
Old Fort Elementary School
P.G. Volunteer Fire Department
Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church
Quilted Hugs
Repay, Inc.
Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation
YMCA of Western North Carolina - McDowell

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