2013 Grants

The WCMA receives funding from three important areas: yearly dues, charity golf tournament and this year a “Taste of Giving” gala.  These three programs gifted over $94,000 to not only these four “Impact Grants” but also many other grateful organizations in Western North Carolina.  Total gifting since the WCMA inception in 2007 is over $470,000 and distribution to over 150 different charities.

Below are the beneficiaries of the four impact grants for 2013 and the specific needs of that organization:

2013 Recipients of the Four Impact Grants:

The Grant Committee reviewed all the 2012 grant recipients and based on the criteria selected this year’s four Impact Grant recipients.

1. Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation’s Project Access. [Healthcare Category] Our grant will be used to screen and enroll low-income residents of Buncombe County into Project Access, a nationally recognized program that provides a coordinated system for helping uninsured patients receive quality free healthcare in an efficient and cost-effective way. Bruce Elliston sponsor.

2. Avery’s Creek Elementary School. [Education Category] Our grant will be used to purchase clothing, medical treatment, school supplies, and other crucial items for low-income children at the school. Jan Friedt is the sponsor.

3. Asheville Art Museum. [Arts Category] Our grant will be used to establish a Walnut Cove Members Association Educational Scholarship Fund. The fund will enable the Museum to provide free visual art-based learning opportunities to underserved children and their families. Carolyn Coward Sponsor.

4. MANNA Food Bank. [Human Services Category] Our grant will help fund the MANNA Packs for Kids program, designed to deliver food packages to the children who are at risk of food insecurity to take home for the weekend.  Jim Mathews sponsor.


Non-Impact Grant Recipients Dec 2013

Grants Totaling $42,270

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Mission Healthcare Foundation

New City Christian School

Asheville Area Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Association (AAVGALA)

Asheville Tourists – Asheville Tourists Children’s Fund

Pisgah Legal Services

Sleep Tight Kids

Eblen Charities


Asheville Humane Society

Flat Rock Playhouse

Asheville Buncombe County Christian Ministry

Grace’s Groceries – Grace United Methodist Church



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