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WCMA 2019 Grants
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Below is a brief summary of the projects we funded in 2019. For more detail, please click here.

To see the presentation Bob May, Grants Committee Chair, made to the Board that includes detailed information regarding the grant process, please click here.


Our focus in funding continues to be programs for the under-served in our community. In 2019, our grant fund will:

- Provide counseling, bus tickets for transportation to work, shoes, and crisis assistance to the homeless. Church of the Advocate

Awarded: $18,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Bill Dockendorf

- Provide free legal assistance to low-income families with children to stop domestic abuse, prevent homelessness, secure health care benefits, and meet other needs through the Children's Law Project. Pisgah Legal Services

Awarded: $18,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Billy Solmson

- Support the basic need services provided for homeless people including access to showers, mail delivery, OTC medications, first aid, etc. Homeward Bound of WNC

Awarded: $18,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Roseann Cioce

- Provide nutritionally dense child friendly packs of food to children every week of the school year so they do not go hungry over the weekend. MANNA FoodBank

Awarded: $18,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Sierra Paturalski

- Fund the Community Education and Prevention Service to prevent child abuse. Mountain Child Advocacy Center

Awarded: $18,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Shelia Elingburg

- Support the Downtown Welcome Table, a free community meal served twice per week, for the impoverished and homeless. Haywood Street Congregation

Awarded: $18,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Rick Guthy

- Fund the GED or High School Equivalency Tutoring Program for youth and young adults who are exiting foster care or are homeless. Eliada Homes

Awarded: $18,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Shelia Elingburg

- Provide housing support, such as security deposits, first and last month rent, past due rent or disconnected utilities for families in times of crisis. ARC of Buncombe County

Awarded: $18,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Shelia Elingburg

- Provide hot lunches to students who can not afford to pay, improve technology in the music room, and update the media center and library collection. Avery's Creek Elementary School

Awarded: $15,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Julia Peterson

- Fund school-year transportation daily to the club for high risk youth. Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County

Awarded:  $14,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Dianeice Eldridge

- Fund classes at three off campus sites for those who can not commute to the main campus. The classes are to improve literacy and English communication skills and also provide preparation for high school equivalency diplomas. AB Tech Foundation

Awarded: $14,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Shelia Elingburg

- Provide healthy snacks for at risk students in the ten public high schools in Buncombe County. Children's Welfare League

Awarded: $14,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Shelia Elingburg

- Support the student clothing project for WNC school age children who are battling illness, disability, and poverty. Eblen Charities

Awarded: $14,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Susan Ableidinger

- Provide 26 days of inpatient care in Elizabeth House (a hospice) for those who can not afford it. Four Seasons Foundation

Awarded: $13,600   Requested: $19,500   Sponsor: Shary Price

- Fund the Food Pantry with diapers and wipes to meet an increased demand, especially in the Hispanic community. Society of St. Vincent of St. Barnabas Catholic Church

Awarded: $12,600   Requested: $14,000   Sponsor: Bob May

- Provide funding for camp servicing 40 children who are experiencing abuse, neglect or abandonment. Guardian ad Litem Association of Buncombe County

Awarded: $12,000   Requested: $16,000   Sponsor: Jim Mathews

- Provide full scholarships for thirty girls to participate in their program. Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina

Awarded: $10,500   Requested: $15,000   Sponsor: Jane Maxwell

- Support SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) at Asheville City Market to support healthier eating habits to low income households. Matching funds available. Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

Awarded: $10,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Bob Turner

- Support Studio 52 Family Programming classes and summer camps for children. Also, support Letterland Alive, a district-wide phonics program for K-2. Flat Rock Playhouse Vagabond School of Drama

Awarded: $10,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: John Maxwell

- Support the Innovative Youth Education Program, Project EXPLORE, which shares the curriculum with teachers who can use it at their schools. North Carolina Arboretum Society

Awarded: $10,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Bruce Elliston

- Provide funding for three programs, including the Equity Outreach Program (an education program) and Watershed Education Program. RiverLink

Awarded: $8,900   Requested: $18,000   Sponsor: Buck Bragg

- Pay for food for two Latinx programs, a free pre-college outreach program for Latinx high school students and the Roots summer camp program for Latinx to become familiar with our public institutions. UNC Asheville

Awarded: $8,600   Requested: $17,285   Sponsor: Donna Bailey

- Sustain art tables for pediatric patients and family members at Mission Children's Hospital in several areas. Arts for Life

Awarded: $7,000   Requested: $10,000   Sponsor: Jan Friedt

- Provide a year of afterschool programming for the highest need children and families at Avery's Creek Elementary School. YMCA

Awarded: $7,000   Requested: $10,000   Sponsor: Charles Frederick

- Support two offstage outreach programs for those who are experiencing socioeconomic barriers to attending the theater. North Carolina Stage Company

Awarded: $6,500   Requested: $13,000   Sponsor: Bill Dorfman

- Support Creek Week Service Day (students volunteer locally) to cover travel, food, and supplies. Support the Institute for Women in Leadership (48 women students chosen to develop leadership) that includes two weekend service trips. Brevard College

Awarded: $5,200   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Reg Heinitsh

- Help fund four areas of the Asheville Symphony Society to cover free tickets for youth and support their music introduction programs for 2nd through 4th graders. Asheville Symphony Society

Awarded: $5,200   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Cary Findlay

- Fund programs that provide entrepreneurship and business development to all scales and stages of agricultural business. Organic Growers School

Awarded: $5,200   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Bob Turner

- Support the "Kids & Cops" and "Books and Badges" reading programs, which are youth-based educational mentoring programs at the Boys & Girls Club that utilize local area police officers who work with at risk children. Sentinel Patriots Club

Awarded: $5,000   Requested: $10,000   Sponsor: John McNabb

- Purchase the curriculum for Core Knowledge and send three staff members to the annual conference in Washington, DC. New City Christian School

Awarded: $5,000   Requested: $10,000   Sponsor: Carolyn Coward

- Support the Skyland United Methodist Church's after school program to serve children from Estes Elementary School with literacy delays. Bridges Reading Enrichment Program

Awarded: $3,500   Requested: $5,000   Sponsor: Sandi Heckman

- Fund the Safety Net Program for pet owners who need assistance caring for their pets. Asheville Humane Society

Awarded: $2,600   Requested: $10,000   Sponsor: Elaine McGuire

- Support four art programs aimed at under-served students and families. Asheville Art Museum

Awarded: $2,600   Requested: $10,000   Sponsor: Carolyn Coward

- Support a keynote speaker, panelists, entertainment, and offsite breakout sessions for the arts and education theme at this year's summit. Asheville Area Arts Council

Awarded: $2,600   Requested: $10,000   Sponsor: Bill Dorfman

- Run Bulldog Camps, hosted by the UNCA Athletics Department, available to students ages 6-14 in financial need. UNC Asheville Foundation

Awarded: $2,500   Requested: $5,000   Sponsor: Mike Tracy

- Pay for Academic Enrichment Specialists who work with students for 30 minutes each day to give them the extra assistance they need to get up to grade level. MusicWorks Asheville

Awarded: $2,500   Requested: $5,000   Sponsor: Cary Findlay

- Help fund the UNC Asheville Summer Piano Camp for local middle and high school students. UNC Asheville Foundation

Awarded: $1,900   Requested: $7,136   Sponsor: Donna Bailey

- Fund the Equity Training Workshop for students, faculty, staff, board and families, including MY Place in Race, Racial Equity Training, Asset and Justice-Based Language, and Equity in Action in Education. Evergreen Community Charter School

Awarded: $1,900   Requested: $7,432   Sponsor: Charles Frederick

- Support an emergency medical fund to help pet owners who are unable to pay for medical treatment for their pet. Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue

Awarded: $1,350   Requested: $5,000   Sponsor: Paula Mature

- Support their free to the public community concert series in 2020. Brevard Music Center

Awarded: $1,250   Requested: $10,000   Sponsor: Katie Loeb-Schwab