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2019 Funded Organizations

Total Grant Awards 2019 – $2,529,146

Health and Access to Healthcare – $1,169,124

AWAKE, Inc. – To support specialized medical examinations for child abuse victims.

Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic – To support and strengthen dental health services for low-income and uninsured patients.

Cashiers Glenville Fire Department – To support the health of our fire fighters through new air pack replacements.

Clay County Public Health Department – To strengthen community emergency transport services by providing state of the art ambulance equipment, including automated CPR devices.

Clay County Governing Board – To support the expansion of the Clay and Cherokee County Mobile Dental Program.

Clay County Department of Social Services – To support the program “Combatting Secondary Trauma Among First Responders”.

Community Care Clinic of Franklin – To support primary care services for low-income and uninsured patients.

Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers – To develop a program for access to diagnostic imaging, lab and other outpatient testing services recommended by the clinic’s medical professionals for low income and uninsured patients.

Counseling and Psychotherapy Center of Highlands – To expand capacity and increase access to critically needed behavioral health services.

Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad – To increase safety for EMS squads during remote, wilderness rescues by purchasing a 6×6 All-Terrain-Vehicle (ATV).

Hospice House Foundation of WNC – To support end-of-life care through completion of the hospice inpatient facility in Franklin, NC.

KIDS Place – Increasing access to mental health treatment for child victims of abuse and their caregivers.

Macon County EMS – To strengthen community emergency transport services by providing state of the art ambulance equipment, including automated CPR devices.

Meridian Behavioral Health Services – To support adequate transportation to mental health services for patients in Western North Carolina.

Mountain Area Health Education Center – Increasing Access to Primary Healthcare Services through Rural Health Fellowships and a Rural Housing Strategy for Healthcare Students.

Mountain Area Pro Bono Health Services – To support the increase of Spanish-interpreters for Spanish speak Physical Therapy patients receiving care at MAPHealth.

REACH of Macon County – To support Behavioral Health Therapy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Smoky Mountains Outreach Foundation – To support increased access to dental services for 21 new veterans participating in the VET SMILES program.

Southwestern Community College – To support student nurse training in a high technology simulation laboratory.

Swain County Health Department – To increase access to a nutrition program for senior citizens in Swain County.

Vecino’s Farmworker Health Program – To provide a new mobile health services clinic for indigent and uninsured migrant farmworkers.

Warrior Survival School – Support Resiliency Training for Veterans and First Responders in Macon and Jackson Counties.

Education – $847,022

Advance Highlands Education Committee – To support immediate technology needs at Highlands School.

Blue Ridge School Education Foundation – To support school-based health through an onsite school nurse and social worker dedicated to serving the children and families of the Blue Ridge School District.

Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau – To provide unrestricted operating support.

Cashiers Big Brothers Big Sisters – To strengthen the program through funding support for a full-time coordinator.

Cashiers Valley Preschool – To expand capacity to serve additional children ages 1-3 on the waiting list.

Clay County Board of Education – To meet the needs of at-risk advanced learners of Clay County School District in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Eliada Homes, Inc. – To increase capacity to recruit and train foster parents in Macon, Jackson, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, and Swain counties.

Hampton Preschool and Early Learning Center – To support recruitment and retention of educationally qualified teachers.

Highlands Community Child Development Center – To improve facilities for safe and healthy outdoor activities.

HIGHTS – To expand the Inside Out program’s capacity to serve additional at-risk, vulnerable  youth in Macon and Jackson Counties.

Southwestern Child Development Commission – Provide technical support and build a strong child care foundation for rural child care providers who participate in the NC Subsidized Child Care program.

Summit Charter School – To support school-based health through an onsite school nurse dedicated to serving the children and families of the Summit Charter School.

The Bascom – To support 2020 Teacher Development Workshop in collaboration with The Southeast Center for Arts Integration.

The Literacy Council – To support the capital campaign to expand services through renovations and furnishings at their new location to meet the literacy needs of children, and adult learners in Macon County.

The Still Place – To support the development of a more robust teen and youth volunteer program to promote diversity in our communities.

Western Region Education Service Alliance – To support GLAD training to teachers in Jackson and Macon county.

Community Vitality and Economic Stability – $513,000

Circles Cashiers – To support organizational growth of Circles Cashiers through the hiring of a Program Director.

Clay County Food Pantry – To support food security to low-income families in Clay County.

Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry – To support facility expansion and improvement.

HERE in Jackson County, INC. – To support broadened access to affordable housing in Jackson County.

International Friendship Center/Highlands Food Pantry – To develop support for vulnerable families through translation, programming and referrals to critically needed services.

Life Challenge of WNC – To support a residential treatment program for women ages 18-39.

Macon County Care Network – To support the BackPack Program, which combats food insecurity for school-aged children.

Manna Food Bank – To support access to food for vulnerable populations in Macon, Jackson, Cherokee, Clay, Graham and Swain counties.

Mountain Projects – To increase access to affordable health insurance.

Peggy Crosby Center – To support facility improvements for handicapped accessibility.

Pisgah Legal Services – To support the provision of free legal services to the most vulnerable populations in Jackson and Macon counties.

Restoration House of WNC – To support emergency housing during winter for homeless individuals.

The Community Table – To support the incorporation of healthy farm-to-table meals to existing food pantry and soup kitchen in Jackson County.

Vision Cashiers – To support the revitalization and expansion of the Cashiers Greenway Ramble.