Recent Grants

Since 1999, the Black Mountain - Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 127 grants totaling $1,031,290.


A BMSVEF grant provided funding for a pavilion, constructed entirely by volunteers, in the Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS) Community Garden.  Produce from the garden is donated to organizations serving Swannanoa Valley neighbors in need. The pavilion will be used for programs and as a gathering space for school groups and garden volunteers.  Photo courtesy of FANS.

Spring 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Spring 2018


Black Mountain Center for the Arts - $3,000 for facility exterior lighting to improve building visibility and security. 

Bounty & Soul - $10,000 to provide health and wellness education and resources to youth in Black Mountain/Swannanoa Valley.

Christmount Christian Assembly/Camp Lakey Gap - $7,000 to purchase sensory play equipment for a renovated playground used by children of all abilities. 

Friends of Buncombe Libraries/Friends of Black Mountain Library - $3,000 to install ceiling-mounted projector and sound system. 

Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County - $10,000 to purchase wholesale food for 35 homebound seniors.

Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc. - $2,100 to purchase a pulmonary function test machine for the Swannanoa health center.

NC MedAssist - $5,000 to purchase lifesaving prescription medications for the uninsured in Black Mountain and Swannanoa Valley.

North Carolina Outward Bound School - $5,000 to support a comprehensive experiential education program at Owen High School.

Serpent Child Productions - $4,000 to help fund a documentary film,"Blanket Town: The Rise and Fall of An American Mill Town," about the Beacon Blanket Mill and its employees.

Special Olympics North Carolina - $2,500 to develop and grow its local program. 

Swannanoa Community Council - $5,000 to support the construction of a permanent covered performance pavilion in Grovemont Park. 

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry - $10,000 to help low-income people perform necessary maintenance on their homes.

Swannanoa Valley Museum - $6,805 to purchase museum quality, locking exhibit cases. 

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County - $10,000 to support its Middle School Success initiative at Owen Middle School. 

Western North Carolina Lions/Marjorie McCune Memorial Center - $7,500 to provide medical care for veterans and blind, frail, elderly or disabled people in the Black Mountain/Swannanoa Valley Community.

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