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Recent Grants

Since 1994, The Fund for Haywood County, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 79 grants to 42 organizations totaling $672,640.

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 - toward planned improvements to the parking lot and other features at the Graveyard Fields Overlook.

The following grants were made possible through the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund 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 support the cost of relocating the sculpture Chasing Tadpoles by Bill Eleaze, a former teacher at Tucola High School, to a street side park. 

Town of Waynesville - $1,910 toward the Lamp Post Project of the Downtown Waynesville Association to improve the pedestrian lighting in the downtown district.

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.

Fall 2012

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina - $14,450 to implement the school engagement project in 8 counties with the potential to impact 652 children this year by establishing strong one-on-one mentoring relationships which have positive outcomes on children's academic performance, school behavior and attitude towards school.

Mountain Projects - $20,000 to help replicate the Circles® model program which is a community strategy, based on research & hands-on practice, to empower people to transition out of poverty & into economic self-sufficiency.

REACH of Haywood - $20,000 to share a research-based and nationally recognized teen dating violence/sexual assault prevention program entitled Safe Dates with 7th, 8th and 9th graders in Haywood County's public schools and early college 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.
Center for Participatory Change
Community Kitchen
Crabtree, Iron Duff, Hyder Mountain Community Development Club
Fines Creek Community Association
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
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
UNC Asheville Foundation, Inc.
United Way of Haywood County
Voices in the Laurel
Western Carolinians for Criminal Justice