2020 Grant Approvals

The Grant Assessment Committee has been busy the last several months reviewing the virtual flood of emergency grant requests due to the Coronavirus outbreak and its impacts on our community. However, despite the flurry of emergency grant activity we, at Lake Toxaway Charities, have not forgotten our commitment to you and our supported agencies to review routine grant requests.


Your Grant Assessment Committee met on May 26th to discuss our 2020 grant requests. Several grant requests were formally approved in the meeting, but others required additional due diligence of site visits, eight of which were completed just last week. Each agency request stands on its own merit each year, and we “say no” if a new agency does not meet our mission’s criteria. We have, in fact, reduced funding and/or turned down current agencies based on our site visit and/or their current description of need.

Due to the tremendous response from our donors, a RECORD $642,000 was granted this June, which is a 72% increase over the record 2019 grant amount of $372,000. Lake Toxaway Charities now serves total of 51 agencies. In addition to these routine grants, our donors also raised an incredible $175,000 in “emergency grant” funding. Thus far, $75,500 in emergency COVID grants have been approved in 2020 to provide for the critical needs of our neighbors: food, shelter, and prescription medications. The remainder, is being held in reserve to supply additional emergency grants for food and shelter and medical needs through Christmas due to the unprecedented need in Transylvania County in the wake of the Coronavirus. 


We have highlighted a few of the approved 2020 grants below. We look forward to sharing more with you in our next e-blast. We take your trust in us seriously. Thank you for your generosity. Your donations go to very good causes and support many deserving people in our county.

2020 Grant Approvals

The Haven – 2020 Grant

The mission of The Haven of Transylvania County is to help individuals and families in crisis who are experiencing homelessness by providing temporary refuge in a clean, supportive environment. They help coordinate the community’s resources for counseling/case management, medical care,…

Pisgah Legal Services – 2020 Grant

For forty years Pisgah Legal Services (PLS), a non-profit law firm, has helped low-income people in Western North Carolina meet needs such as protection from domestic violence, avoiding homelessness, finding safe housing, accessing health care, and increasing income. PLS has…

Summit Charter School – 2020 Grant

Talented educators and engaged parents partner together to create an exceptional educational environment in which the Kindergarten through Grade Ten students are able to develop a level of confidence that invokes success, self-worth, and the opportunity to thrive in all…

Special Olympics – 2020 Grant Assessment

Special Olympics provides year-round sports opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes…

Gods Way Food Pantry – 2020 Grant Assessment

Gods Way Food Pantry, a rural church-based food ministry, has served Balsam Grove and surrounding communities for over fifteen years. Over 250,000 lbs of food are distributed yearly, and each month approximately 500 families in Transylvania and Jackson Counties rely…

SAFE – 2020 Grant

SAFE, Inc. of Transylvania County is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a community free from domestic and sexual abuse. They lead the community in eliminating domestic and sexual abuse through support, prevention and outreach. The SAFE team knows that…

Brevard Lions Club – 2020 Grant

Lake Toxaway Charities graciously helps the Brevard Lions Club with our primary project, which is furnishing eyeglasses and eye exams for Transylvania County residents who cannot afford them.  Brevard Lion’s Club average spending over $10,000 per year to help local children and adults improve their…

Transylvania County Habitat for Humanity – 2020 Grant

“Transylvania Habitat for Humanity is a Christian-based non-profit dedicated to building safe affordable housing for people in need in our community.  Funding from Lake Toxaway Charities has enabled Habitat for Humanity to continue our programs for area residents.” Lake Toxaway…

Change the World – 2020 Grant

hange The World Relief Org. supports Backpack Buddies, which addresses unmet needs in the community. Transylvania County Schools were recently able to add funds used to purchase food and special needs during the Coronavirus pandemic, including over-the-counter medicines for students…

Inheritance of Hope – 2020 Grant

Inheritance of Hope’s mission is to inspire hope in young families facing the loss of a parent. The 501(c)(3) charity was founded by Kristen and Deric Milligan following several years of coping with the challenges of raising three young children…

Lake Toxaway Community Center – 2020 Grant

The Lake Toxaway Community Center provides a place for local residents to gather for family reunions, parties, and picnics. It is a place to gather and be with friends and family. Lake Toxaway Charities granted $18,000 to fund installing new…

Bound For Glory Camp – 2020 Grant

Bound for Glory is a free, summer camp for campers ages 9-12 who struggle with literacy skills, and come from lower-income families. Their mission is to educate, enrich, and encourage underprivileged students struggling with reading by providing a free summer camp in a Christian…

Muddy Sneakers – 2020 Grant

Muddy Sneaker’s mission is to awaken in children a deeply felt connection with the natural world. Lake Toxaway Charities $6,000 grant will help fund programs in our elementary schools and provide 300 Transylvania County 5th grade students the opportunity to…

Transylvania County Arts Council – 2020 Grant

Lake Toxaway Charities grants primarily help the TC Arts Council provide art classes, art camps and art opportunities for the underserved, economically challenged and special needs individuals in Transylvania County. The Council works closely with Transylvania Vocational Services (adults with disabilities), Rise and…

Med-Assist – 2020 Grant Assessment

NC MedAssist is a non-profit pharmacy program that provides access to lifesaving medications, patient support, advocacy, and related services to vulnerable and uninsured North Carolina residents.  Through a $10,000 grant from Lake Toxaway Charities, Med-Assist will provide free medications for…

Sharing House – Transylvania Christian Ministry – 2020 Grant

Sharing House is a source of compassion and crisis assistance for our low-income neighbors in Transylvania County, where we offer food and fresh produce, gently-used clothes, rent and utility assistance, household goods, camping equipment, hot showers, a safe place to…

Brevard College – 2020 Grant

Brevard College’s commitment to aiding Appalachian families began in 1853 in a one-room schoolhouse where Brevard College’s first leader, Reverend Abernethy, set as a goal that, “None shall ever be turned away for want of means.”  Lake Toxaway Charities has been helping…

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) – 2020 Grant

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is a public nonprofit foundation staffed largely by volunteers, used for research and education. It operates in what remains of a tracking station maintained by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the…

STEP of WNC – 2020 Grant

STEP provides home repair and firewood for low income, elderly, and the disabled. Sadly, some of the homes in our area are not habitable and the living conditions are inhumane. The lumber and home repair provided by our $10,000 grant…

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