As part of our feature on regional nonprofits in the November issue of Capital at Play we profiled Elizabeth Brazas, head of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. By way of followup: on December 11 the CFWNC announced that through its Pigeon River Fund, $347,005 in water quality grants had been awarded to a number of area environmental groups in Buncombe, Haywood, and Madison counties “working to improve surface water quality, enhance fish and wildlife habitats, expand public use and access to waterways and increase water quality awareness.” Those groups are: Asheville GreenWorks, Environmental Quality Institute, Haywood Waterways Association, Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District, Maggie Valley Sanitary District, Mountain Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council, Southwestern NC Resource Conservation and Development Council, The Conservation Fund, and The Richard L. Hoffman Foundation. According to the CFWNC, the next grants application deadline for qualifying nonprofits in Buncombe, Haywood and Madison counties is March 15, 2018. Applications and instructions are available at www.cfwnc.org. Since 1996, the Pigeon River Fund—established through an agreement between Carolina Power & Light (now Duke Energy) and the State of North Carolina, and administered by the Community Foundation—has distributed $6,688,042 in grants.
(Above photo: The Environmental Quality Institute was awarded $18,000 for the Volunteer Water Information Network and Stream Monitoring Information Exchange biomonitoring project. Photo courtesy of EQI.)