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Recent Grants

Since 1994, The Fund for Haywood County, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 84 grants to 47 organizations totaling $690,660.

Spring 2014

Folkmoot USA - $5,000 to support the renovation of the kitchen and cafeteria space in the Folkmoot Friendship Center to create a functional, year-round facility to host international visitors and cultural and community events.

Hazelwood Elementary School - $5,000 for The Leader in Me Initiative, a school-wide effort to improve student academic achievement and to create a culture in which students are challenged, encouraged and nurtured.

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation - $2,110 to enhance recreation and natural resources at the Graveyard Fields Overlook.

The following grants were made possible through the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund, which was established in Mib Medford’s honor by her family.  The fund benefits Haywood Country and will support beautification, streetscape improvements and other public amenities in Waynesville: 

Town of Waynesville/Public Art Commission - $4,000 to help relocate Chasing Tadpoles, a sculpture by Bill Eleazer, a former teacher at Tuscola High School. The sculpture, consisting of three bronze figures of children playing, was donated by the Biltmore Square Mall and will be installed in the historic Frog Level district.

Town of Waynesville/Downtown Waynesville Association - $1,910 to extend the Millennium Street Lamp Project by installing a new lamppost on Church Street, an area of growing pedestrian traffic during the evenings. Mib Medford was a founding member of the Downtown Waynesville Association.

Fall 2013

Aspire, Youth and Family, Inc. - $20,000 for the Kids at Work! program. This grant matches funds received from the State to train at-risk children in cooking-based workplace and life skills.

Thirtieth Judicial District Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Alliance - $20,000 to enable the Alliance to continue its Rural Response Team for Underserved Child Victims Exposed to Violence program.

Grants since inception.

The following nonprofit organizations have received funding from The Foundation for Haywood County:

AWAKE (Adults Working and Advocating for Kids Empowerment)
ARC of Haywood County
Aspire, Youth and Families
Baptist Children's Homes of NC
Bethel Rural Community Organization
Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, Inc.
Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
Center for Participatory Change
Community Kitchen
Crabtree, Iron Duff, Hyder Mountain Community Development Club
Fines Creek Community Association
Folkmoot USA
Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Good Samaritan Clinic of Haywood County
Haywood Arts Regional Theatre
Haywood Baptist Association
Haywood Christian Ministry Inc.
Haywood Community College Foundation
Haywood County Arts Council
Haywood County Council on Aging
Haywood County Government
Haywood County Health Department
Haywood County Literacy Council
Haywood County Public Library
Haywood County Schools Foundation
Haywood Habitat for Humanity
Hazelwood Elementary School
Junior Achievement of Western North Carolina
KARE (Kids Advocacy Resource Effort)
LifeSpan, Inc.
Long's Chapel United Methodist Church
Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc.
Mountain Dispute Settlement Center
Mountain Microenterprise Fund
Mountain Projects Community Action
NC International Folk Festival
Pigeon Community Development Center
REACH of Haywood County, Inc.
Salvation Army-Waynesville
Southwestern Child Development Commission
Thirtieth Judicial District Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Alliance
Town of Waynesville/Public Art Commission
Town of Waynesville/Downtown Waynesville Association
UNC Asheville Foundation, Inc.
United Way of Haywood County
Voices in the Laurel
Western Carolinians for Criminal Justice