In 2017, Asheville GreenWorks was awarded $27,000 to continue the Youth Environmental Leadership Program (YELP).  YELP engages youth from low-income communities in water-quality testing, riparian zone restoration, educational programs and environmental clean-ups, including the TrashBoom project and a live-stake nursery along Hominy Creek.  Photo by Angeli Wright, Asheville Citizen-Times.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license creating the Pigeon River Fund (PRF) in 1996 as well as the PRF Fund Agreement defined the objectives of the grant program as follows:
  • To improve surface water quality,
  • To enhance fish and wildlife management habitats,
  • To expand public use and access to waterways, and
  • To increase citizens' awareness about their roles in protecting these resources.
  • Refer to the License Statement for additional detail.
Through November 2018, more than $7.1 million has been awarded in grants by the Pigeon River Fund to projects in Haywood, Buncombe and Madison counties. The Pigeon River Fund was established in 1996 through an agreement between Progress Energy and the State of North Carolina. The grant program is administered by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

Review the Pigeon River Fund License Statement


To learn more about the Pigeon River Fund, please contact:

Tara Scholtz
Senior Program Officer

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