Foundation awards $100K in grants to agencies


From staff reports

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Education foundations supporting the Perquimans and Elizabeth City-Pasquotank school districts are the top recipients of grants totaling more than $100,000 that were recently awarded by a regional grant-making fund.

The Northern Albemarle Community Foundation announced last week more than $100,000 in grants to six area nonprofit agencies for programs that work with local youth.

According to Natalie Jenkins Peel, regional director for the North Carolina Community Foundation, the HCWGMW Fund awarded $40,000 to the Perquimans Education Foundation and $25,000 to the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools Education Foundation.

The Perquimans foundation will be using its grant for its Moving Minds Through Movement program #taketwo, which is a collaboration with the local YMCA, Peel said. The ECPPS foundation will be using its grant for its Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Backpacks program, which includes collaboration with the school district, local churches and Food Bank of the Albemarle.

According to Peel, other nonprofits receiving grants from the HCWGMW Fund include:

— The Elizabeth City Unit of the Boys & Girls Club, which is receiving $15,000 for its Art is for Everyone program, a collaboration with Arts of the Albemarle;

— Food Bank of the Albemarle, which is receiving $8,604 for a pantry pilot program at J.C. Sawyer Elementary School;   

— The Dream Hunt & Fishing program, which is receiving $8,000 to provide scholarships to Boys & Girls Club members to attend the Camp Cale Summer Camp; and

— Albemarle Family YMCA, which is receiving $7,500 for its its All Kids Swim Gates program, a collaboration with the Gates County Schools. 

Both education foundations received similar grants from the HCWGMW Fund last year. The YMCA also received $6,000 for its swim program in the Gates County Schools. 

The HCWGMW Fund is a donor-advised fund administered by the North Carolina Community Foundation and held by the Northern Albemarle Community Foundation.

“The Northern Albemarle Community Foundation is honored to have the HCWGMW Fund in our family of funds,” said Jim Watson, NACF board president. “These grants encourage collaboration between local nonprofits that are supporting healthy eating and active living initiatives for area youth in need.”

Founded in 2001, the NACF is an unrestricted community grant-making fund whose competitively-awarded grants support nonprofits in Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties. It’s led by a volunteer advisory board whose members lives include Watson, Rodney Walton, Dan Askew, Grafton Beaman, Rebecca Elliott, Brenda Lassiter, David Pureza, Matt Wood, Angela Cole, Brian Beasley and Phyllis Bosomworth.

For more information, contact Peel at 252-562-9824 or at npeel@nccommunityfoundation.org or by visiting the NCCF website at nccommunityfoundation.org.