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News Community Macon County Community Foundation awards grants to local nonprofits

Members of the Macon County Community Foundation and the nonprofit community assembled at the grant presentation. Photo by Travis TallentThe Macon County Community Foundation (MCCF) announced its annual grant allocation last Tuesday. These funds go to benefit local nonprofit organizations that provide services to the citizens of Western North Carolina. The foundation announced the recipients of the $12,500 raised this year at the First Methodist Church in Franklin.

Board president Tom Ritter thanked those in attendance for their continued support of the foundation.

“These grants are important to our community and our quality of life,” he said. “Critical programs would not be possible without the generosity of many individuals and organizations that have supported Macon County's community fund. We encourage anyone wishing to make a difference in our community to learn more about the foundation.”

The MCCF is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) which is the single statewide community foundation serving N.C. Since it was established in 1988, almost $74 million in contributions have been made to NCCF. The NCCF sustains 1,200 endowments that have been established by various entities to provide long-term support to various community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships. The mission of the NCCF is to inspire North Carolinians to make lasting and meaningful contributions to their communities.

In Macon County, the list of fund recipients ranges from the Alzheimer's Caregiver Special Needs Endowment, KIDS Place Endowment, the Macon Youth Endowment, and others, as well as scholarship funds and special grants that are awarded each year.

The grant application period for the MCCF this year was from July 19 through Sept. 10, 2013. The grants traditionally range from $500 to $2,000. This year's grants totaled more than $12,500, according to Ritter.

In order for organizations to apply for grants from the MCCF, they must be non-profit and taxexempt, says grant chair Regina Lupoli. “Within the board, we have a grant committee which reads all applications, researches the organizations, conducts site visits and then makes recommendations to the board. While we typically try to accommodate as many organizations as possible, depending on the number of applicants, we unfortunately aren't always able to give to everyone,” Lupoli said.

Additionally, the organization considers the structure of the organization and the percentage of funds donated that go directly to those who are in need.

“The focus of each grant committee is different, but overall, we place priority on organizations who are meeting basic survival needs of the children and low-income residents of our community,” said Lupoli. “We also value programs that contribute to the health, education, safety and cultural development of our community's residents.”

The non-profits receiving grants this year include:

  • Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center
  • Macon County Arts Association
  • Highlands Community Child Development Center
  • Prevent Blindness NC
  • Community Care Clinic of Franklin
  • Angel Medical Center Medication Assistance Program
  • Nantahala Community Development Club
  • One Dozen Who Care
  • KIDS Interdisciplinary Services (KIDS PLACE)
  • Vecinos
  • NAMI Appalachian South
  • Friends of the Greenway
  • Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Health Project
  • Center for Life Enrichment, Highlands
  • REACH of Macon County
  • Literacy Council of Highlands
  • Macon County Care Network
  • Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild
  • WNC Teen Institute (Mountain Projects)
  • Girls on the Run

The next grant cycle will begin on July 18 and run through Sept. 9 of 2014. The current hope, according to Lupoli, is to host a “grant-seekers workshop” for area nonprofits in June before the cycle begins.

“We'll invite all Macon County nonprofits interested in applying for grants and discuss the application process as well as upcoming projects and grant eligibility,” Lupoli said.


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