Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund Announces $100,850 in Grants

(May 2019) – Seventeen grants totaling $100,850 were recently awarded to nonprofits by the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund. With these grants, the Fund has made grants totaling $1,031,290 since 1999.

The Buckner Family Endowment Fund, Helen S. and Jerry M. Newbold, Jr. Endowment Fund and the Forbes Fund for Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley also provided funding for these grants. 

The grants include:

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity was awarded $10,000 for home repairs that address health, safety and accessibility issues.

Black Mountain Center for the Arts was awarded $4,000 to provide art programs to people with dementia.

Black Mountain Counseling Center was awarded $10,000 to provide mental health services to low-income people.

Black Mountain Primary School was awarded $2,310 for picnic tables and landscaping.

Bounty & Soul was awarded $10,000 to establish a farmer’s outreach program.

Charles D. Owen Middle School was awarded $7,500 to remodel the cafeteria.

Food Connection was awarded $5,400 for supplies and a driver for food distribution.

LEAF Community Arts was awarded $2,000 for a training program designed to help teachers integrate art in their curricula.

Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County was awarded $10,000 for food for meals for home-bound seniors.

NC MedAssist was awarded $2,500 for a free pharmacy program for low-income patients.

The Old Depot Association was awarded $2,590 to purchases benches and promotional material.

Swannanoa Valley Child Care Council/Children and Friends Enrichment Center was awarded $550 to purchase educational toys.

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry was awarded $10,000 for utility assistance for low-income people.

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County was awarded $10,000 to support its middle school initiative at Owen Middle School.

Verner Center for Early Learning was awarded $5,000 to install a controlled access front door.

Western North Carolina Lions/Marjorie McCune Memorial Center was awarded $5,000 to provide medical care for blind, frail or elderly veterans and disabled residents.

YMCA of Western North Carolina was awarded $4,000 to provide life-saving water safety skills to children.

“In our 20th year and through the support of friends and neighbors, the Fund has exceeded $1 million in grants to a wide variety of nonprofits and projects,” said Advisory Board Chair Chip Craig. “We are extremely grateful to everyone who has helped to build a permanent charitable resource for the Swannanoa Valley that will meet changing needs now and in the future. We welcome additional gifts to the Fund that will enable us to support even more local programs with local dollars.”

With goals to inspire philanthropy and to strengthen charitable organizations in the Swannanoa Valley, the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund is an affiliate of CFWNC established in 1999 by a group of local residents. The local, volunteer Advisory Board works to raise awareness of the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund and to build assets for the future.  Advisory Board members are: Kannah Begley, John Buckner, John Corkran, Chip Craig (Chair), Barbara Griffin, Carol Groben, Roger Hibbard, Margaret Hurt, Bill McGee, Scott Roy, Joseph Standaert, Lori Turley and Betsy Warren.

The Fund grows through tax-deductible contributions. To make a gift, donate online or by mail to the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund, c/o CFWNC, 4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 300, Asheville, NC 28803. Checks should be made out to CFWNC, noting Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund in the memo line. Contributions of any size are welcome and will enable the Fund to support more programs with local dollars.

The Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund offers grants of $2,500 to $10,000 for innovative projects and programs in the Swannanoa Valley, including programmatic needs, equipment and technology and capital needs. Review detailed information and applications.

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