Recent Grants

Since 1999, the Black Mountain - Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 93 grants to 43 organizations totaling $799,535.


Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa received a grant to purchase equipment for a community garden.

Spring 2017

Black Mountain Counseling Center - $10,000 to provide free group support services to people who need therapeutic counseling.

Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families - $10,000 for apprenticeship programs that offer opportunities to youth who face developmental and environmental challenges that can make a traditional education difficult. The goal of the program is to help youth earn a living wage, and it includes experience in automotive, hospitality, housekeeping, culinary, outdoor leadership and recreation industries.

Bounty & Soul - $10,000 for its Latino Outreach Program that holds weekly markets at Owen Middle School (which is convenient to 3 predominately Latino neighborhoods), conducts the Rooted in Health program in Spanish with translated written materials and offers weekly ESL classes and twice weekly Zumba classes.

Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa - $3,000 for supplies needed to build an Education Pavilion at the Swannanoa Community Garden that will serve as an outdoor classroom for Swannanoa Valley schools and clubs.

Friends of Buncombe Libraries/Friends of Black Mountain Library - $2,300 to purchase and install two wall mounted baby changing stations and two dispensers for diaper disposal bags.

Friends of Buncombe Libraries/Friends of Swannanoa Library - $3,551 to purchase a computer system, software and ancillary materials designed for preschool children.

Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc. (MAHEC) - $7,250 to purchase a portable ultrasound machine for the MAHEC Family Health Center at Swannanoa. The onsite ultrasound services will provide high quality and accessible care for patients and will help maintain a productive teaching environment for Family Medicine residents and medical students who rotate through the clinic.

Mountain Housing Opportunities - $10,000 to expand home repair services to very low-income homeowners. The Emergency Home Repair program serves homeowners who earn less than 50% of area median income, and more than half of the services are provided to elderly residents.

Swannanoa Valley Child Care Council/Children and Friends Enrichment Center - $10,000 to fund the development of a comprehensive expansion and building plan needed to build a new developmentally-appropriate center to serve 150 children.

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry - $6,625 to provide assistance for 135 people who have unmet health care needs.

Swannanoa Valley Museum - $3,414 to place three recycled plastic benches in its Alley exhibit space and to add signage to the southern exterior of the museum building.

Western North Carolina Lions/Marjorie McCune Memorial Center - $7,500 to purchase necessary medical supplies for the elderly, veterans and disabled people.

Grants since inception.

The following nonprofit organizations have received funding from the Black Mountain - Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund:

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
Black Mountain Center for the Arts
Black Mountain Correctional Center for Women Chaplaincy Committee
Black Mountain Parks & Greenways
Black Mountain Pastoral Care and Counseling Center
Bounty & Soul
Buncombe County Schools Foundation
Child Abuse Prevention Services, Inc.
Community High School
F.I.R.S.T
Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa
Friends of Buncombe Libraries/Friends of Black Mountain Library
Friends of Buncombe Libraries/Friends of Swannanoa Library
Hand in Hand of the Swannanoa Valley
Junior Achievement Central Carolina - WNC
LEAF Community Arts
Marjorie McCune Memorial Center
Mediation Center
Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc. (MAHEC)
Mountain Area Hospice
Mountain Housing Opportunities
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
North Carolina Outward Bound School
Old Depot Association
Presbyterian Home For Children, Youth & Families
Quality Forward
Rotary Club of Black Mountain Foundation
Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Buncombe County
Scouting Outward
St. James Episcopal Church
Swannanoa Community Council
Swannanoa Valley Child Care Council, Inc.
Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry
Swannanoa Valley Historical & Preservation Association
Swannanoa Valley Transitional Housing
Swannanoa Valley Youth Academy
Town of Black Mountain
Verner Center for Early Learning (formerly Mountain Area Child and Family Center)
Warren Wilson College
The Welcome Table
Western North Carolina Lions/Marjorie McCune Memorial Center
Western North Carolina Public Radio - WCQS

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