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


  • 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
    9 WNC 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, Jackson, Henderson, Transylvania, Rutherford, and Polk
    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
    Macon, Swain and Jackson 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
    Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, Madison, Buncombe
    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. 
  • American Rivers
    Jackson County
    Grant Amount: $65,000 over two years
    Fiscal Year 2017
    to plan the preliminary work needed to remove the Cullowhee Dam and create the Tuckaseigee River Blue Trail (TRBT). The TRBT plan will guide local efforts to enhance the river, promote family-friendly recreation, connect people to nature, and boost the local economy. 
  • American Whitewater
    WNC – Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests
    Grant Amount: $10,000 
    Fiscal Year 2017
    toward continued professional facilitation for the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Partnership, a diverse collaborative group that has been working for nearly four years to develop consensus-based approaches to the management of the region’s National Forests. Their work dovetails with the USFS’s current effort to revise the management plans for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.  
  • Asheville Art Museum
    WNC Region
    Grant Amount $7,500
    Fiscal Year 2017
    to engage Joyce Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Communications to create a 20-month communications portfolio, including a timeline related to the Museum's construction and grand re-opening. 
  • Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS)
    15 WNC counties
    Grant Amount: $8,000
    Fiscal Year 2017
    to develop a series of four short video vignettes that orient museum visitors to WNC’s unique geological, ecological and cultural setting.  AMOS hopes to educate and inspire residents and tourists to celebrate and protect WNC’s unique natural landscapes. 
  • Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
    WNC Region
    Grant Amount: $25,000
    Fiscal Year 2017
    to help launch the Blue Ridge Craft Trails, a craft trail system for 25 WNC counties intended to increase income for artists and craft businesses, enhance cultural tourism, and improve local economies (contingent upon other funds). 
  • Carolina Public Press
    WNC Region
    Grant Amount: $20,000
    Fiscal Year 2017
    to provide in-depth, investigative and explanatory journalism on the present and future of the more than 1.1 million acres of national forests spanning WNC in a public awareness effort to inform and engage readers on one of the top issues facing the region.  
  • Friends of the WNC Nature Center
    Buncombe County
    Grant Amount $7,500
    Fiscal Year 2017
    to engage Walker Wilson Consulting in business planning to take over management of the food and gift services at the Nature Center. This proposed plan will create a long-term, sustainable source of income for the non-profit Friends, and will directly help to fulfill their mission.
  • Madison County
    Madison County
    Grant Amount: $50,000 over 5 years
    Fiscal Year 2017
    to create an art sculpture park along the greenway in Mars Hill in order to  enliven the rural landscape, create a dynamic visual experience for residents and visitors, create more venues for public art in Madison County, increase opportunities for artists who work in the region, and connect a manufacturing history to an economic development future.
  • NC International Folk Festival / Folkmoot
    Haywood, Jackson, Swain, Macon, Buncombe, Henderson and Madison counties
    Grant Amount: $30,000
    Fiscal Year 2017
    for the continuing development of the Folkmoot Center as a Multi-Cultural Exchange location.  
  • The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design
    Buncombe County
    Grant Amount: $25,000 (a second award of $12,325 for phase II was made on 9/8/17)
    Fiscal Year 2017
    toward a two-part feasibility assessment that will result in relevant and actionable data to inform and advance place-based affordable mixed-use developments for artists and the creative sector. 
  • WNC Green Building Council
    Buncombe County
    Grant Amount: $7,500
    Fiscal Year 2017
    to engage Design One for marketing and branding in order to determine a new name, logo, and tagline, as well as gain support in creating a marketing and outreach strategy. 

  • 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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