Evergreen Foundation awards first quarter funding

Jul 16, 2014

The Evergreen Foundation board of directors voted at their June meeting to provide $493,614 in first quarter funding to 12 agencies providing programs and services for individuals with behavioral health, substance abuse and intellectual/developmental disabilities. The grants were awarded through a competitive grant process to the agencies which are located throughout Western North Carolina.

The following grants were awarded Haywood County agencies:

— The Arc of Haywood County — $20,000 to provide continuation and expansion of their community living and supported employment programs serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and $3,825 for an Expressive Arts Therapy program for individuals served by The Arc.

— Appalachian Community Services — $12,557 to expand the office space and parking at their Russ Ave., Waynesville, office; and $17,830 to provide safety and security enhancements to the Balsam Center in Haywood County to include monitoring cameras, security glass, outside security doors, and isolation room with security door.

— Meridian Behavioral Health — $47,450 to provide continuation funding for the Patient Assistance Program which assists consumers in receiving over $2,000,000 worth of free medications annually; $102,550 to support the provision of psychiatric services in WNC; and $27,000 to provide for the continuation of the jail treatment programs in Haywood and Jackson counties.

— Southwestern Child Development Commission — $50,000 to continue the implementation of the Nurse Family Partnership program which provides visiting nurses for first-time mothers below poverty level in Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.

— Mountain Projects — $11,504 to provide elder abuse victim assistance, education and outreach and coordination of services in Haywood County.

— Maple Leaf Adult Respite — $21,717 to provide funding for an outdoor raised garden, outdoor furniture, and program supplies for their new center in Waynesville.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with the next award cycle in September.

The mission of the Evergreen Foundation is to improve access to and public awareness of quality prevention, treatment and support services by the provider community to individuals and families with intellectual/developmental disabilities, behavioral health, and/or substance abuse needs in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.

To learn more about the Evergreen Foundation, visit www.evergreenfoundationnc.org.