Grant Assessments

In late January of each year, a detailed grant request form/questionnaire is sent to the current agencies that LTC supports.  It requires IRS documentation (990’s) from the previous year, financial budgeting and expense statements, and past and current requests and use of LTC funding.  All agencies that we support are verified IRS 501C3 tax exempt agencies.  Agencies that have never applied in the past and who have indicated interest in receiving funding from us are also sent grant request forms.  All requests are required to be submitted to us by mid March.

During April and May, the grant assessment team (about 15 Toxaway property owners, and many of whom are full time Toxaway residents) visit all current agencies on a 3 year cycle.  ALL new agency requests are also visited during this time.  The purpose of the visits is to interview the agencies and understand how our funding is being used, as well as to examine the appropriateness of new requests.

Approximately mid May, each year, our team meets to discuss and review each agency request.  Prior to this meeting, each team member is assigned applications for review and comes prepared to explain their agencies’ requests.  A working spreadsheet is utilized by the team to examine past grants, current requests, and a decision is made in that meeting (typically lasting 2-3 hours) whether the request will be honored.

There is no automatic funding/guarantees for continued funding.  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.

Typically we distribute all available funds in June, with only a small portion held in reserve for “ emergency requests” as the year goes on; for example, providing a new HVAC system for the SAFE House in Brevard in the middle of winter.

Lake Toxaway Charities also maintains an Endowment Fund which is held in reserve for emergency requests, anticipated growth of the needs in our county, and perhaps for years with less than average donations.

We currently have 51 agencies that we support for the hungry, homeless, the abused, and the medically and educationally deprived residents in Transylvania County.

Contributions since inception have exceeded $2,000,000; 35%, or $700,000 of that in the last two years alone.

2020 Grant Assessments

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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