Fund for Mitchell County awards $25,970 in grants


SPRUCE PINE – The Fund for Mitchell County awarded eight grants totaling $25,970 to Mitchell County nonprofits in its recent grant cycle. The Fund for Mitchell County, in partnership with CFWNC, has awarded 96 grants totaling more than $726,519.

“The Fund for Mitchell County is here to support nonprofits by providing local dollars for local programs,” said Nick Joerling, advisory board chair. “Especially now, when the COVID-19 pandemic is changing demands on organizations, these permanent charitable resources devoted to supporting Mitchell County nonprofits are crucial. These awards are possible because people who care about this community built a fund over time to help in challenging situations. These grants support important community organizations as they continue the work we all depend on them to do.”

Residents established the Fund for Mitchell County in 1999 as a permanent charitable endowment to meet local needs. Gifts added to the Fund’s principal are preserved and invested, while grants from the Fund support nonprofits in Mitchell County. To make a tax-deductible contribution, donate online at or by mail to The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, P.O. Box 1101, Spruce Pine, NC 28777-1101, memo line: The Fund for Mitchell County. Contributions of any size are welcome.

The local volunteer advisory board includes Joerling, Beverly Ayscue, Robin Buchanan, Christopher Day, Janie DeVos, Kathryn Hollifield, George Nero, Becky Plummer, Brandon Roberts and Brenda Sparks.

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina works with families, businesses, and nonprofits to strengthen communities through the creation of charitable funds and strategic grantmaking. A permanent charitable resource, the Foundation manages over 1,100 funds and has facilitated more than $254 million in philanthropy since its founding in 1978. Learn more at

Email or call Joerling at or 828-765-5392 for more information about The Fund for Mitchell County.


Fund for Mitchell County 2020 grant recipients

• $2,020 to Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center

• $2,500 to Mitchell County Animal Rescue

• $4,000 to Mitchell County Shepherd’s Staff

• $2,500 to Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Food Ministry

• $5,000 to Pisgah Legal Services

• $2,500 to Tipton Hill Community Foundation

• $3,450 to Toe River Aggregation Center Training Organization Regional (TRACTOR)

• $4,000 to WAMY Community Action