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. WFBR
provides summer scholarships for women whose income is below
the poverty level to support their pursuit to graduate from college
debt-free. This year, the WFBR funded 5 summer scholarships

Ashe County Partnership for Children  (A Safe Home for
Everyone), Ashe County. WFBR provides funding to assist
domestic violence survivors with costs associated with moving to
independent living situations.

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture,Alleghany, Avery, Ashe,
Caldwell, Watauga, Wilkes, Mitchell, and Yancey counties. WFBR
gives scholarships for women farmers to strengthen our local food
system. This year the WFBR funded one scholarship.

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

The Children’s Council, Watauga County. WFBR provides funding for the Nurtured Beginnings program which provides new mothers information about community resources and a postpartum
depression screening.

Children’s Playhouse
, Watauga County. WFBR provides funding for low income mothers to receive memberships to the Playhouse at no cost. This year, the WFBR funded 117 scholarship visits.


Community Care Clinic
, Watauga County. The WFBR
supports vision care for uninsured females. This year, the WFBR
funded eye exams for 30 women.


(Domestic Violence is Not Acceptable), Alleghany County.
WFBR funds help women make transitions out of violent relationships.
This year, the WFBR provided funding to assist 2 victims and their
children with 2 months of rent, utilities, and attorney fees.


FARM Cafe: High Country.
WFBR funds provide tokens (free lunches) for the TWC (Tokens for Women and Children) program. These tokens are distributed through Hospitality House, Hunger and Health Coalition and the Watauga County Health Department.


Girls on the Run
, Ashe, Avery, Alleghany, Watauga, Wilkes Counties.
WFBR provides funding for girls to participate in the program, which
serves over 300 girls.


Hospitality House Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yancey Counties. WFBR funds go toward support services, such as shelter and food, provided to women and their children who reside at Hospitality House, through their Transitional Housing, Emergency Shelter, and Winter Shelter.

Hunger and Health Coalition, Watauga and surrounding counties.
WFBR provides funding to support the Hunger and Health Pharmacy. These programs provide affordable feminine hygiene products and generic chronic illness medication for female clients.

Mitchell County Safe Place, Mitchell County. Domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse agency. WFBR funds will be used for the SafeDates program which provides primary prevention education in middle schools. The SafeDates program reaches 267 students.


Mountain Alliance, Watauga County. WFBR funds support the current LIFT (Leadership Initiative for Female Teens) program which empowers female students by building a community of peers, developing strategies for overcoming everyday challenges, and promotes leadership development.

Mountain Alliance, Avery County. WFBR funds are utilized as start-up costs for the LIFT (Leadership Initiative for Female Teens) in Avery


NOSW (New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College), Avery, Ashe, Alleghany, Watauga, and Mitchell counties. Funds support this free immersive educational program for low-income Appalachian Women. This year, the WFBR funded 2 full, and one partial scholarship for local women to participate in the program.

(Opposing Abuse with Service, Information, and Shelter), Avery and Watauga Counties. Allocation is for supporting emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors. The shelter houses 50-60 women and their children.


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. W.A.M.Y. plans to use WFBR funds to support 30 women.

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.