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Who we are

Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge is a collective giving organization formed and sustained by a group of women philanthropists who want to make a positive impact on the lives of women and their families in the High Country.

Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge believes that all women have the right to equality, safety, opportunity, and self-determination in every aspect of their lives.

We recognize our role as a leader in this community by working to achieve these principles through our grantmaking, advocacy, and community building.

Our Mission

We create positive change for women and their families in the High Country
through community giving.

Who We Fund

2017 Grant Allocations

Programs supported by the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge 2017 grants include the following:

 ACCESS (Appalachian State University), Watauga County. ACCESS provides scholarships to women whose family income is below the poverty level allowing them to graduate from college debt-free.

Ashe County Partnership for Children (A Safe Home for Everyone), Ashe County. Funds assist domestic violence survivors in transitioning into independent living situations.

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, Alleghany, Avery, Ashe, Caldwell, Watauga, Wilkes, Mitchell, and Yancey counties. Money given is for scholarships for women farmers to strengthen our local food system by creating sustainable solutions to expand or                                              increase farm production in the High Country.

The Children’s Council, Watauga, Ashe, and Avery counties. Grant supports the Adolescent Parent Program which provides individualized support to pregnant and parenting teens.

The Children’s Council, Watauga County. Grant supports the Nurtured Beginnings program which provides trained home visitors for new mothers to learn about community resources and receive a postpartum depression screening.


Children’s Playhouse
, Watauga County. Support is for low income mothers to receive scholarship memberships to the Playhouse.

 


Community Care Clinic
, Watauga County.  The WFBR supports        vision care for uninsured females.

 


D.A.N.A
 (Domestic Violence is Not Acceptable), Alleghany County. Funds will help women make transitions out of violent relationships.

 


FARM Cafe: : 
High Country. Grant will provide meals for the TWC (Tokens for Women and Children) program.

 


Girls on the Run
, Ashe, Avery, Alleghany, Watauga, Wilkes Counties. Grant is for scholarships for participants.

 

Hospitality House Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yancey Counties. Grant is for supportive services of and case management provided to residents of Hospitality House programs, such as shelter and food.

Hunger and Health Coalition, Watauga and surrounding counties. Grant will support the Pharmacy and Women’s Family Planning Initiative.

Mitchell County Safe Place, Mitchell County. Domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse agency. Funds will be used for the SafeDates program which provides primary prevention education in middle schools.

 

Mountain Alliance, Watauga and Avery Counties. Grant will support the current LIFT (Leadership Initiative for Female Teens) program in Watauga and to start the LIFT program in Avery County.

 

NOSW (New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College), Avery, Ashe, Alleghany, Watuaga, and Mitchell counties. Funds support this free immersive educational program for low-income Appalachian Women.

 


OASIS
 (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information, and Shelter), Avery and Watauga Counties.  Allocation is for supporting emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors.

 


W.A.M.Y. Community Action
, Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties.  Funds are for Total Family Development Program, which is for low-income women working towards self-sufficiency.

 

WeCAN (Watauga Crisis Assistance Network), Watauga County.  Allocation supports homelessness prevention program for women through funding for emergency rent, mortgage, and utilities.

Western Youth Network, Watauga County. Grant is to support The Girls Circle, helping marginalized girls with academic improvement and self-esteem.

Eligibility

Grant Programs


Community Grants
The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge provides funds to organizations which provide for the basic needs of women and their families. Grant awards are for up to $3,000.

 

 

Impact Grants
The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge provides funds to organizations for innovative programs which demonstrate a significant benefit to the lives of women and their families.  Grant awards range from $5,000-$25,000.  Requests can be made for multiyear projects, up to three years.

Impact Grant Focus Areas

Education
Increasing individual knowledge is a powerful tool. There are many ways that women can increase their knowledge and skills. Organizations that apply for these grants should strive to use creative solutions to help women further their education.

Human Services
Providing direct services to women and their families is critical in helping them thrive. Organizations that apply for these grants should provide services which directly benefit women and their families.

Health and Wellness
Access to affordable medical care is critical. Organizations that apply for these grants should focus on ensuring the health and wellness of women and their families.

Empowerment
Empowering women enables them to live a full and meaningful life.  Organizations that apply for these grants should invest in the growth and development of women and their families.

 

 

Our Mission

Who we are

Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge is a collective giving organization formed and sustained by a group of women philanthropists who want to make a positive impact on the lives of women and children in the high country.

Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge believes that all women and girls have the right to equality, safety, opportunity, and self-determination in every aspect of their lives.

We recognize our role as a leader in this community by working to achieve these principles through our grantmaking, advocacy, and community building.

Our Mission 

We are a non-profit whose mission is to create positive change for women and their families in the High Country, through community giving.

 

2016 Grant Allocations

2016 Grant Allocations

The board and staff of the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge have recently completed our grant-making process.  We allocated $110,000 to 21 local non-profit organizations, and are thrilled to grant such an impressive amount. The Women’s Fund has now cumulatively given out over $1.1 million since our funds began.

The WFBR funds local non-profit programs that affect positive change to women’s financial, professional, and personal conditions, serve marginalized populations, use innovative techniques to help women and girls reach their full potential, and affect social change in the pursuit of fairness and justice.

We could only fulfill our mission with the help of our many wonderful members, donors, and community business partners.

Agencies supported by the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge 2016 grants include the following:

ACCESS (Appalachian State University:  Appalachian Commitment to a College Education for Student Success), Watauga County.  Allocation is for summer scholarships for ACCESS students, all of whom come from families below the poverty level.

A.S.H.E. (A Safe Home for Everyone), Ashe County.  Funds assist domestic violence survivors in transitioning into independent living situations, and to support middle schoolers in learning about healthy relationships.

Ashe Family Literacy, Ashe County. This program provides women the opportunity to complete their secondary education. Funds will be used for an Early Childhood Education Specialist to care for children while mothers are in class.

BRWIA (Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture), Alleghany, Ashe, Wilkes, Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties.  Money given is for scholarships for women farmers to take business courses, and for capital investment grants through the Mary Boyer Food & Sustainability Agriculture Grant Program.

The Children’s Council, Watauga County.  Grant supports on-site childcare for mothers enrolled in the GED program.

Children’s Hope Alliance, Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Watauga, and Wilkes Counties.  Funds will be used to help women and girls with developmental disabilities.

Children’s Playhouse, Watauga County.  Support is for low income mothers to receive scholarship memberships to the Playhouse.

Community Care Clinic, Watauga County.  The WFBR supports dental care for Community Care Clinic patients, and vision care for uninsured female diabetics.

D.A.N.A (Domestic Violence is Not Acceptable), Alleghany County.  Funds will help women make transitions out of violent relationships.

F.A.R.M. Cafe, Watauga County.  Grant will provide meals for the TWC (Tokens for Women and Children) program.

Girls on the Run, Ashe, Avery, Watauga, Wilkes Counties.  Grant is for support for coach and council training, and for scholarships for participants.

Hospitality House Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yancey Counties.  Allocation is for women in the Emergency and Transitional Housing Programs.

Hunger and Health Coalition, Watauga County.  Grant will support the Red Hat Boxes (Senior Women Care program), and fund the Women’s Family Planning Initiative, which provides oral contraceptives at low to no cost.  

Mitchell County Safe Place, Mitchell County.  Domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse agency. Funds will be used for primary prevention education in middle schools.

Mountain Alliance, Watauga County. Grant will support the LIFT (Leadership Initiative for Female Teens) program.

NOSW (New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College), Avery County.  Funds support this free immersive educational program for low-income Appalachian Women.

OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information, and Shelter), Avery and Watauga Counties.  Allocation is for supporting emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors.

Two Rivers Community School, Avery, Ashe, Caldwell, Watauga, and Wilkes counties. Grant will support the “She Hikes Alone” program for middle school girls in the Mountain Adventure program.

W.A.M.Y. Community Action, Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties.  Funds are for Total Family Development Program, which is for low-income women working towards self-sufficiency.

WeCAN (Watauga Crisis Assistance Network), Watauga County.  Allocation supports homelessness prevention program for women through funding for emergency rent, mortgage, and utility payments.

Western Youth Network, Watauga County.  Grant is to support The Girls Circle, helping marginalized girls with academic improvement and self-esteem.

Donate Your Clothes

annabananaRemember to take items that you would like to replace to Anna Banana’s. Anna will donate 50% of the sale of your gently used clothes to WFBR. Don’t forget to tell her you’re a member!

Walk-ins welcome on Mondays from 10am – 5pm and on other days by appointment only. Check out Anna’s Facebook page for specials and new arrivals. Call ahead to schedule a time (828) 865-2000. Anna Banana’s is located at 641 West King Street in downtown Boone.

Local Resources

24-Hour Crisis Line Numbers:

1-800-268-1488 (within area codes 828, 336 and 423)
262-5035 (within the Boone Area)
264-3761 (page via Sheriff’s Office)


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