Recent Grants

Since 1995, The McDowell Endowment, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 117 grants to 50 organizations totaling $949,296.

Spring 2017

City of Marion Tailgate Market - $800 to purchase a credit card processor that will allow the market to continue to increase market sales and EBT/SNAP transactions.

Keep McDowell Beautiful - $500 to purchase materials for the garden at Glenwood Elementary School.

McDowell County Public Library - $500 to purchase supplies for a garden at the Old Fort Library.

McDowell County Schools - $750 to help provide an alternative diversion program for first-time misdemeanant offenders ages 9-17 years old in McDowell County.  Funds will provide operational costs including salaries, office supplies and communications expenses.

McDowell Technical Community College Foundation - $750 to help support Camp Opportunity for McDowell County middle school students.  The camp allows 150 low-income students to explore four different possible career paths.

New HOPE of McDowell County - $2,000 provide a portion of the salary for a Client Services Advocate to support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. New HOPE is the only Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault agency in McDowell County.

P.G. Volunteer Fire Department - $2,150 to replace and upgrade equipment that is needed to fight forest fires and support neighboring fire departments.

Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church - $2,000 to continue to operate a Handicap Ramp Ministry that provides handicap ramps, at no cost, to needy residents of McDowell County.  There are currently eleven residents on the waiting list.

Quilted Hugs $500 to purchase supplies for volunteers who make quilts for traumatized children in McDowell County.  The quilts are distributed by DSS, Lily’s Place and the McDowell Hospital.

Fall 2016

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. - $15,000 to support expansion of affordable housing services to McDowell County.

Grace Baptist Church - $15,000 to repair at least 15 owner-occupied homes of families with children.

McDowell Mission Ministries, Inc. - $20,000 to support the salary of a full-time case manager to help individuals at risk of chronic homelessness transition into stable housing.

McDowell Technical Community College - $15,000 to purchase a telemedicine unit to train healthcare professionals in the use of telemedicine for healthcare delivery.

New HOPE of McDowell - $2,000 to purchase and install an industrial washing machine and dryer for the emergency shelter that houses victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. 

Grants since inception.

The following nonprofit organizations have received grants from the McDowell Endowment:

Altapass Foundation, Inc.
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
Carson Home Restoration, Inc.
Centro Unido Latino - Americano
City of Marion Tailgate Market
Community Health Council of Rutherford County
Davidson's Fort Historic Park, Inc.
Dysartsville Christian Ministries
East McDowell Junior High School 
Endowment Fund of the Public Schools of McDowell County-McPals
First Baptist Church of Marion
Foothills Community Theatre
Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, Inc.
Foothills Industries of McDowell County
Freedom Life Ministries
Good Samaritan Clinic of McDowell County
Grace Community Church 
Historic Carson House
Hospice of McDowell County Inc.
Institute of Marine & Agricultural Research Inc
Keep McDowell Beautiful
KEY Players
KidSenses, Inc.
Magical Moments Therapeutic Riding Center
Manna Food Bank
McDowell Arts and Crafts Association
McDowell County Arts Council
McDowell County Department of Social Services
McDowell County Dread Disease Association
McDowell County Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
McDowell County Health Department 
McDowell County Partnership for Children and Families
McDowell County Public Library
McDowell County Schools
McDowell County Senior Center 
McDowell County United Way
McDowell Hospital 
McDowell Mission Ministry|
McDowell Technical Community College
New HOPE of McDowell
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, McDowell County Center
North Carolina Mental Health Association
Old Fort Crisis Ministries
Old Fort Elementary School
P.G. Volunteer Fire Department
Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church
Quilted Hugs
Repay, Inc.
Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation
YMCA of Western North Carolina - McDowell

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