Natural and Cultural Resources


In 2018, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation was awarded $27,936 to purchase technology to deter poaching of natural resources such as ginseng, galax, bog turtles, and peregrines along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Mays.  

Vision
: The arts, the economy, and the natural environment are inextricably linked.  The creative spirit and natural assets of the area will continue to attract people and businesses.  As the region grows, it is critical to protect and enhance these resources to ensure the region sustains its economy and unique quality of life. 

Goal: Work to preserve and cultivate WNC’s sense of place by investing in cultural and environmental projects and programs that protect or enhance the quality of life in Western North Carolina communities.

Strategies: (1) protect and enhance the health of the region’s natural systems and (2) support and develop the region’s arts-based economy.


Recent Grants


  • The American Chestnut Foundation
    Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Graham, Haywood, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Transylvania, and Yancey Counties 
    Grant Amount: $10,000
    Fiscal Year 2019
    to further a proactive gene conservation project in which seeds will be collected from remnant, wild American chestnuts across the species range and transplanted in orchards, where they will be used for future breeding. 
  • Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center 
    Buncombe County
    Grant Amount: $10,000 
    Fiscal Year 2019
    to implement community programming related to the Between Form and Content: Perspectives on Jacob Lawrence and Black Mountain College exhibition, the first to open in its new location at 120 College Street. 
  • Cowee Pottery School
    Cherokee, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties
    Grant Amount: $35,000 over two years
    Fiscal Year 2019
    to support the costs of purchasing two new kilns and hiring a part-time director.

  • American Whitewater
    WNC – Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests
    Grant Amount: $5,618 
    Fiscal Year 2018
    to continue the contracted facilitation needed by the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Partnership during the final phases of the Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Management Plan revisions.
  • Asheville Symphony
    Buncombe County
    Grant Amount: $25,150
    Fiscal Year 2018
    to support a recording project that brings the Symphony together with Grammy award-winning bluegrass band, Steep Canyon Rangers. 
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
    Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Mitchell, Transylvania, Swain, and Yancey Counties
    Grant Amount: $27,936
    Fiscal Year 2018
    to purchase technology that would deter poaching of natural resources such as Ginseng, Galax, Bog Turtles, and Peregrines along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC)
    Buncombe, Henderson, Jackson, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania Counties
    Grant Amount: $7,500
    Fiscal Year 2018

    to engage Design One for the purposes of marketing and re-branding. This grant will support the consolidation of CMLC and the Pacolet Area Conservancy.  

  • Green Built Alliance
    Buncombe County
    Grant Amount: $25,000
    Fiscal Year 2018
    to support marketing, outreach and education for the Blue Horizons Project formulated by the 15 organizations that comprise the Energy Innovation Task Force.
  • Jackson County Green Energy Park
    Jackson County
    Grant Amount: $10,000
    Fiscal Year 2018
    to assist with the development of a waste vegetable oil burner system that could be utilized by ceramicists, glassblowers, blacksmiths, and others who participate in the Fire Arts, which require high heat levels in their processes.
  • Nikwasi Initiative
    Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties
    Grant Amount: $30,000 over two years
    Fiscal Year 2018
    to further develop the Cultural Corridor by supporting project management and coordinating functions of the Nikwasi Initiative.  This effort is an unusual, if not unique, model of equal engagement between tribal and non-tribal participants around a co-developed and managed heritage-related community economic development project.
  • Parkway Playhouse
    Avery, Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties
    Grant Amount: $7,500
    Fiscal Year 2018
    to engage Walker Wilson Consulting in the development of a 2018-2022 strategic plan, which will be the organization's first.
  • Toe River Arts Council
    Yancey County
    Grant Amount: $30,000
    Fiscal Year 2018
    to begin fabrication and installation of the first gateway marker, which will be installed at the west entrance to the downtown area off 19E.  The Glass Gateway Vision Plan calls for three glass markers of varying heights at the west and east entrances of Burnsville.  

  • Grants Since Inception

To learn more about our Natural and Cultural Resources focus area, please contact:

Tara Scholtz
Senior Program Officer
828-367-9913
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A Natural and Cultural Resources Focus Area grant supported a unique reconciliation process in Macon County. Watch the video.

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