County awards $75,000 to local non-profits

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Brittney Burns – Staff Writer

Last year, the Macon County Board of Commissioners voted to increase the annual non-profit funding pool allocation from $50,000 to $75,000 for the first time since the funding pool was created. This year, the Community Funding Pool Committee, appointed by the county to oversee the grant applications, saw one of the highest number of requests since its inception.

Twenty-two different organizations applied for a piece of the county’s $75,000 pie, and after reviewing all applications, 12 organizations were recommended for partial funding, two organizations were recommended for full funding, and eight were not funded at all.

“This year we received grant applications from 22 different organizations in Macon County totaling $153,719,” said Karen Wallace who chairs the committee appointed to review the applications on behalf of the county. “We reviewed all of the applications and are recommending funding 12 of the requests to add up to the $75,000 you have allotted.”

The eight organizations that were not funded include the Bascom, Boy Scouts of America, Center for LIfe Enrichment, Macon County Art Association, Macon New Beginnings, Macon Tracs, Mission Health System Foundation, and Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center.

“There is no doubt that all of these organizations are deserving of these funds and should be commended for what they do for our community,” said Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale. “All 22 of the organizations who applied are deserving and provide invaluable services to our residents.”

Approved for funding:

REACH of Macon County and KIDS Place both requested the maximum funding amount of $10,000, and as the county has done traditionally, both organizations received their full request.

Partially funded

Arts Council of Macon County support programs

Requested amount: $6,000

Approved amount: $4,324

Purpose: Grant funds needed to underwrite the council’s year-round community programs such as performers’ and exhibitors’ fees, marketing, tech support, facility use fees, and materials.

Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project

Requested amount: $2,500

Approved amount: $1,689

Purpose: Funds needed to support personnel expenses critical to the success of the free dental clinic provided to patients.

Community Care Clinic of Franklin

Requested amount: $10,000

Approved amount: $6,720

Purpose: Funds will be used to help pay the salary of the nurse practioner for the Monday evening clinics.

Community Care Clinic of Highlands

Requested amount: $9,000

Approved amount: $5,658

Purpose: Funds will be used to purchase medications or the patients visiting the clinic.

Highlands Community Child Development Center

Requested amount: $10,000

Approved amount: $6,250

Purpose: Facility improvements such as painting.

Hospice House Foundation

Requested amount: $5,000

Approved amount: $3,215

Purpose: Funds will be used to subsidize the expense of fundraising professional to lead initiatives to raise funds and increase the depth and reach of the HHFWNC’s prospect/donor base.

Literacy Council of Highlands

Requested amount: $1,000

Approved amount: $1,496

Purpose: Funds will support the Franklin area tutoring program, a counter-based program who tutor children in the Franklin area.

Macon County Care Network

Requested amount: $5,000

Approved amount: $3,271

Purpose: Funds will be used to purchase food for the homeless and indigent people in the community.

Macon County Program for Progress

Requested amount: $10,000

Approved amount: $7,911

Purpose: Funds will support MPP’s Parents as Teachers Programs.

Mountain Mediation

Requested amount: $6,000

Approved amount: $4,466

Purpose: Funds will provide medication to members of the community.

Read2Me

Requested amount: $7,000

Approved amount: $3,894

Purpose: To support programs such as parent training events, fund the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and other early literacy programs.

Teen Challenge of the Smokies

Requested amount: $10,000

Approved amount: $6,106

Purpose: Funds will support the operational needs of the organization.

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