Recent Grants

Since 1999, the Black Mountain - Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 110 grants totaling $930,440.


A BMSVEF grant provided funding for a pavilion, constructed entirely by volunteers, in the Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS) Community Garden.  Produce from the garden is donated to organizations serving Swannanoa Valley neighbors in need. The pavilion will be used for programs and as a gathering space for school groups and garden volunteers.  Photo courtesy of FANS.

Spring 2018

Black Mountain Center for the Arts - $3,000 for facility exterior lighting to improve building visibility and security. 

Bounty & Soul - $10,000 to provide health and wellness education and resources to youth in Black Mountain/Swannanoa Valley.

Christmount Christian Assembly/Camp Lakey Gap - $7,000 to purchase sensory play equipment for a renovated playground used by children of all abilities. 

Friends of Buncombe Libraries/Friends of Black Mountain Library - $3,000 to install ceiling-mounted projector and sound system. 

Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County - $10,000 to purchase of wholesale food for 35 homebound seniors.

Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc. - $2,100 to purchase a pulmonary function test machine for the Swannanoa health center.

NC MedAssist - $5,000 to purchase lifesaving prescription medications for the uninsured in Black Mountain and Swannanoa Valley.

North Carolina Outward Bound School - $5,000 to support a comprehensive experiential education program at Owen High School.

Serpent Child Productions - $4,000 to help fund a documentary film,"Blanket Town: The Rise and Fall of An American Mill Town," about the Beacon Blanket Mill and its employees. 

Special Olympics North Carolina - $2,500 to develop and grow its local program. 

Swannanoa Community Council - $5,000 to support the construction of a permanent covered performance pavilion in Grovemont Park. 

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry - $10,000 to help low-income people perform necessary maintenance on their homes.

Swannanoa Valley Museum - $6,805 to purchase museum quality, locking exhibit cases. 

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County - $10,000 to support its Middle School Success initiative at Owen Middle School. 

Western North Carolina Lions/Marjorie McCune Memorial Center - $7,500 to provide medical care for veterans, the blind, frail elderly and disabled in the Black Mountain/Swannanoa Valley Community.


Fall 2017

Black Mountain Counseling Center - $20,000 to support a transition in the Executive Director role from providing individual counseling to meeting the managerial and administrative needs of the Center.

Verner Center for Early Learning - $20,000 to cover funding gaps for low-income working families that allow children, birth to five years, to access high-quality affordable early care and education and a wide range of supportive family services.


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.

 

 

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