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2018 Grant Recipients
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These are the grants awarded in December 2018. Forty different charities requested a total of $576,735.
We distributed a total of $320,000 to 36 local organizations in which our members are actively involved.

If you have any question about these grants or the grant process, please email Bob May, Grants Chair.

These are the recipients:

AB Tech

To fund "Upskill WNC" - focused on hard-to-employ adults as they exit the criminal justice system

Arts For Life

To provide and maintain art tables for pediatric patients and family members at Mission Children's Hospital

Asheville Area Arts Council

To support hands-on workshop experiences in ceramics, painting, drawing, music, dance, poetry, weaving, textiles, and mixed media for veterans and their families

Asheville Art Museum

To support a number of programs for students, including Scholastic Arts Awards and Summer Art Camp

Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry


To support life skills education and programming at Steadfast House, ABCCM's transitional housing facility for homeless women and children

Asheville Humane Society

To support the Safety Net Program that provides support for people that need help caring for their pets

Asheville Symphony Chorus

To present Handel's "Messiah" in its entirety in two events

Asheville Symphony Society (1)

To support Garrick Ohlsson's youth educational and outreach component of the 2019 Asheville Amadeus Festival

Asheville Symphony Society (2)


To support the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra's finale concert

Asheville Symphony Guild


To support Music in the Schools, a program to introduce 3rd and 4th grade students to classical music

Avery's Creek Elementary School

To fund: hot lunches for students, equipment for their STEM program, upgrade playground equipment to comply with the NC State Healthy Active Children policy, and a pottery project

Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County

To fund new staff members to lead year-round, out-of-school programs for at-risk youth in Henderson County

Brevard Music Center


To support the Concertmaster Studio Program of BMC within the institute's arts and education programming

Bridges Reading Enrichment Program


To serve children from our neighboring Estes Elementary School

Church of the Advocate


To fund "Women Do Good Works!" - a new opportunity for homeless women to participate in their work program

Eblen Charities
To provide clothing and shoes for nearly 550 students in need

Flat Rock Theater Vagabond School of Drama


To support two of the core elements of Flat Rock Playhouse's eduction initiatives - Studio 52 Family Programming and the Apprentice Program

Girls on the Run of WNC


To subsidize the cost of delivering physical activity-based positive youth development program for 3rd through 8th grade students to 85 girls in the Roberson school district

Haywood Street Congregation

To purchase food and supplies for Downtown Welcome Table meals served twice each week at Haywood Street Congregation to hundreds of individuals who are struggling in poverty and/or experiencing homelessness

Homeward Bound of WNC

To support the critical services provided for people experiencing homelessness at the agency's AHOPE Day Center in downtown Asheville

MANNA Foodbank


To support MANNA Packs, providing critical nutrition for children in need to bridge the gap when they do not have access to a school lunch

Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County

To purchase wholesale food for meal preparation for homebound seniors in Buncombe County

MusicWorks Asheville

To support an intensive after school music program, which is in its fifth year and currently serves 75 students at Hall Fletcher Elementary in Asheville

New City Christian School

To develop a fine arts program that will broaden their students' exposure to the arts, such as music, art, and theater

No Barriers

To sponsor five local veterans on a 5-day Back Country Expedition in western North Carolina

North Carolina Arboretum Society

To support their innovative "Project EXPLORE" - a youth education program

North Carolina Stage Company


To support free on-site and mobile educational workshops, professional performances, and intergenerational programs for those who experience barriers to attending traditional on-site programming

Organic Growers School


To support the Home-Grower Programs division, which serves as the education outreach and public awareness branch of OGS, specifically for backyard and homestead growers in urban, suburban, and rural settings

Park Ridge Health


To purchase 4 new Vital Sign monitors for Cancer and Infusion Center patients

Pisgah Legal Services

To provide low-income families free, quality legal assistance to stop domestic abuse and family violence; prevent homelessness and stabilize housing; secure health care and benefits' obtain food and income assistance

RiverLink

To fund their Watershed Education Program, which is focused on getting students in their local streams and rivers to help them understand how these ecosystems operate

Society of St. Vincent DePaul - Barnabas Church

To fund the increase in demand for diapers and food for low income families

UNC Asheville

To support Leadership UNCA - a two credit course for 20 sophomore students beginning in Fall 2019; the course is taught in a unique partnership between UNC Asheville's Leadership Asheville program, The Career Center, and the Student Affairs division

UNC Asheville Foundation

To support the UNC Asheville summer Piano Camp, a one week, non-resident day camp for local middle and high school students at intermediate and advanced levels of piano

Western Carolina University Bardo Arts Center

To support "Learning Live!" - an arts-based curriculum program designed to address the North Carolina's Standard Course of Study for K-12 students

YWCA

To support the Diabetes Wellness and Prevention Program, offering self-management education and support in order to prevent the onset and/or encourage the management of diabetes, particularly for the most vulnerable community members