In its 20th year of grant making, WCF awarded eight grants totaling $6,430 through a competitive selection process.  Grants were awarded from the Greater Wilkes Community Fund and the Kyle Hayes Memorial Endowment.  These endowment funds—managed by the North Carolina Community Foundation—enable WCF to respond to community needs through annual grants to nonprofit organizations serving Wilkes County.

Since 1994, WCF has awarded over $70,000 through more than 100 grants to local nonprofits.  This year’s grant recipients were:

  • C.C. Wright Elementary School—$500 for the Ride to Improved Reading Program
  • Ruby Pardue Blackburn Adult Day Health Care Center—$500 for the purchase of a new lift chair
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC—$1,330 for the purchase of a commercial grade freezer for the Maple Springs United Methodist Church Food Pantry
  • Wilkes Adult Developmental Activity Program (ADAP)—$500 for the Shred Crew II Project
  • Wilkes County Schools—$800 for the T3LC Youth Philanthropy Program
  • Wilkes Heritage Museum—$1,300 for updated sound equipment for the old Courtroom
  • Wilkes Prison Ministry—$500 for the Transition House program
  • Yadkin River Greenway—$1,000 for general operating support and Greenway expansion

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