Recent Grants

Since 1999, the Black Mountain - Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 81 grants to 38 organizations totaling $715,895.


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

Fall 2016

Bounty & Soul - $20,000 to expand programming that incorporates an integrative approach to health and wellness to educate the community on nutrition, self care, physical exercise and positive mental and emotional practices. 

Spring 2016

Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families - $3,000 for an Educational Incentive Retreat to provide rewards that encourage foster care youth to focus on education. 

Bounty & Soul - $5,000 for the Rooted in Health-Spanish Resources program to expand health and wellness education to food-insecure Latino and Hispanic residents in the Swannanoa Valley.

Charles D. Owen Middle School - $10,000 to purchase instruments, equipment and music for the newly established middle school strings orchestra program.

Junior Achievement Central Carolina-WNC - $2,500 to provide Swannanoa youth, grades K-12, an opportunity to engage with community leaders and experience “real world” scenarios involving financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship.

Marjorie McCune Memorial Center - $5,000 to provide medical supplies for low-income patients, the uninsured and veterans.

North Carolina Outward Bound School - $7,250 to support the Wilderness Unity Course, a comprehensive experiential education program at Owen High School designed to enhance students’ non-cognitive skills, increase cultural competence and transform school culture.          

Rotary Club of Black Mountain Foundation - $4,000 for a Back Pack program that provides healthy food over the weekend and holidays to children who are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program.    

Swannanoa Valley Child Care Council/Children and Friends Enrichment Center - $10,000 to build an additional classroom to accommodate the waiting list of children who need early learning opportunities to prepare for kindergarten.

Swannanoa Valley Museum - $10,000 to renovate the interior of the historic Black Mountain Fire House where it is housed.     

Town of Black Mountain-Recreation & Parks Department - $8,250 to install a ceiling and finish floors and walls in the Carver Community Kitchen.       

Verner Center for Early Learning - $9,000 to support a technology upgrade to help Verner continue to provide high-quality early education to low-income families.

Fall 2015

Black Mountain Counseling Center - $20,000 to support a full-time licensed mental health therapist to meet the demand for services for adults, couples and families currently on a wait-list. 

Verner Center for Early Learning (formerly Mountain Area Child and Family Center) - $20,000 to provide affordable, high-quality early care and education and a wide range of supportive family services to low-income families with children from 6 weeks to 5 years old.

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
Hand in Hand of the Swannanoa Valley
Junior Achievement Central Carolina - WNC
LEAF Community Arts
Marjorie McCune Memorial Center
Mediation Center
Mountain Area Hospice
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
The Ministry of Hope
The Welcome Table
Town of Black Mountain
Verner Center for Early Learning (formerly Mountain Area Child and Family Center)
Warren Wilson College
WNC Public Radio - WCQS

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