Recent Grants

Since 1995, The McDowell Endowment, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 142 grants totaling $1,118,616.


Brackett Town Farms received $2,500 toward the purchase of portable toilets and handwashing stations for the educational petting farm, which provides therapeutic support for those with special needs, trauma, or grief. Photo courtesy of Brackett Town Farms.   

Spring 2019


Brackett Town Farms - $2,500 to repair and improve its petting farm that focuses on therapeutic support of people with special needs.

Camp Spring Creek Outreach - $5,000 to offer a 50-hour Orton-Gillingham training plus year-long mentorship to three teachers at North Cove Elementary School.

Community Care of Western North Carolina - $5,000 to support mobile health clinics through outreach, marketing, and materials.

Creek Wise Park - $4,817 to help with park maintenance.

McDowell Agricultural Center - $2,000 to help cover costs of registration and travel for youth attending a livestock judging camp hosted by Oklahoma State University.

McDowell County Government/Keep McDowell Beautiful - $2,500 to support a community garden that provides produce to local people.

McDowell County Government/North Carolina Cooperative Extension - $2,000 to purchase healthy snacks for schools and food for cooking and tasting demonstrations.

McDowell LFAC (Local Food Advisory Council) - $5,000 to purchase shelving for storing donated food.

McDowell Technical Community College Foundation - $5,000 to add equipment for a "makerspace" for the college’s academic library. 

Mercy Animal Rescue - $5,000 for a community program that helps with pet food, outside housing for pets, and senior special needs pets. 

Quilted Hugs, INC - $3,000 to purchase fabric, batting and thread to make lap-sized quilts for emotionally and physically distressed or abused children.

YMCA of Western North Carolina - $2,503 to serve free nutritious meals to 16 adults whose children are receiving meals through another program for youth.


Spring 2018


Brackett Town Farms - $2,500 toward the purchase of portable toilets and handwashing stations for the educational petting farm with a focus on therapeutic support of those with special needs, trauma and grief.

Freedom Life Ministries - $2,500 toward the purchase of a truck to support its pressure washing program.

Friends of Lake James State Park - $500 for fire safety equipment.

McDowell Arts Council - $500 for equipment for its classes and camps.

McDowell County EMS - $500 to help purchase a defibrillator.

McDowell County Public Library - $1,500 to train volunteers in its adult literacy program.

McDowell Mission Ministries - $1,500 for repairs to the men's shelter.

Mercy Animal Rescue - $500 to help dog owners keep their pets by providing food and dog houses.


Grants Since Inception

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