HWA awarded $86,800 grant

Mar 05, 2014

Ten projects totaling $258,552 were awarded by the Pigeon River Fund (PRF) of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina to environmental groups working in Western North Carolina during its last funding cycle. Two of the grants were awarded to Haywood Waterways Association.

HWA was awarded $56,000 to continue coordinated community efforts to address water quality issues, implement the Haywood Watershed Action Plan and increase public appreciation of water resources through educational programs and publications.

HWA was awarded an additional $30,800 toward the costs of repairing failing septic systems in the Richland Creek area of Haywood County for low-income homeowners with projects identified by the Haywood County Environmental Health Department.

The fund was created in 1996 to improve surface water quality, enhance fish and wildlife management habitats, expand public use and access to waterways and increase awareness to help protect these resources

The Pigeon River Fund has invested $4,606,255 since that time to support grant projects addressing water quality in Haywood, Buncombe, and Madison counties. The next deadline for qualifying nonprofits is March 17.

For information about the Pigeon River Fund, call 367-9912.  Applications and instructions are available at www.cfwnc.org.   The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving eighteen counties in Western North Carolina.  The Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitates more than $11 million in charitable giving annually.