Recent Grants

Since 1994, The Fund for Haywood County, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 130 grants totaling $1,104,019.

Photo courtesy of NC Arboretum.

NC Arboretum awarded $3,700 to Expand Project Explore to Haywood County.


Project Explore (Experience Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education) is a free, citizen science-driven school outreach initiative developed by The North Carolina Arboretum. Over the past five years, the program has reached more than 120 teachers and 6,700 students through engaging environmental education and monitoring practices at students’ own schoolyards. A $3,700 grant is supporting the expansion of the outdoor program to schools, students and teachers in Haywood County.

Spring 2019

The Arc of Haywood County Inc. - $2,500 to fund a creative arts program serving 40 individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Clothes To Kids of Haywood County - $2,000 for a rental trailer to allow more room to sort and store donated clothing items.

Community Kitchen - $5,600 for food and supplies needed on a daily basis to provide fresh, hot meals nightly.

Fines Creek Community Association - $4,680 to fund Phase II of its Community Kitchen rehabilitation project.

Haywood County Meals on Wheels - $5,200 to provide twenty shelf-stable meals per recipient for a year for use during holidays, inclement weather, and when meal delivery is unavailable.

Haywood Pathways Center, Inc. - $5,600 for salary support of its Case Manager, who will transition to a Family Case Manager in a new dormitory for women and children to open in early 2019.

HIGHTS Inc. - $3,048 to purchase new beehives and equipment as part of its "Bee Well" education program for at-risk youth.

KARE (Kids Advocacy Resource Effort) - $5,600 to provide trauma-informed training to employees and community partners regarding crimes against children.

NC International Folk Festival/Folkmoot - $5,600 to support staffing for school-based cultural programming and summer diversity and cultural leadership training.

No Boundaries: Integrated Services for Independent Living, Inc. - $5,200 to operate its medical equipment loan closet.

North Carolina Arboretum Society - $3,700 to expand the Arboretum's Project EXPLORE outdoor education programs for schools, teachers and students in Haywood County.

STAR Ranch - $7,000 to purchase a used tractor to maintain the property.

Town of Waynesville - $14,280 from the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund to improve and beautify the Miller Street Park in Downtown Waynesville.

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