The Cherokee Preservation Foundation recently awarded 16 grants for fall 2018 for a total of more than $2.5 million. Grants were awarded to partners that meet the Foundation’s mission of improving the quality of life for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian (EBCI) and the surrounding region.
The 2018 grants include:
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society to increase competency in science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science for Cherokee youth.
- Cherokee Boys Club: Cherokee Youth Council to promote Cherokee cultural leadership training and empowerment opportunities for Cherokee young people.
- Cherokee Boys Club: Right Path Adult Leadership Program to implement the 2019 program.
- Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources to protect traditional Cherokee artisan resources for future generations.
- Haywood Extension 4-H Teen Leadership Council to continue a premier youth leadership council in Haywood county based on youth-empowerment initiatives.
- Western Carolina University Cherokee Center to support EBCI high school students in a two-week summer job-shadowing opportunity within the EBCI and WCU systems.
- EBCI Qualla Public Library to support the creation of a room there dedicated to Indigenous American Studies.
- EBCI Division of Commerce for marketing support for the Greater Cherokee Tourism Council.
- EBCI Cherokee Youth Center to enhance the Cherokee Youth Center’s summer program.
- WNC Nonprofit Pathways to provide training, learning opportunities, and resources to WNC region nonprofits and community groups.
- Cherokee Central Schools for durable materials and lunch for the Collaborative Regional Educational Workshop.
- The Museum of the Cherokee Indian to support four performances of And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey on the Trail of Tears by DeLanna Studi in Cherokee.
- Western Region Education Service Alliance to enhance STEM-E education in Cherokee Central School, and support STEM-E for elementary, middle, high school students and teachers for the WNC region.
- Southwestern Commission to grow and highlight agricultural and food related businesses in the seven westernmost counties of North Carolina and on the Qualla Boundary.
- Buncombe County Partnership For Children, Inc. to support education efforts at the Hominy Creek canebrake at the Buncombe Sports Park.
- Chattooga Conservancy for implementation of the management plan for the Native Cane Restoration Project in Sumter National Forest.
– Cherokee Preservation Foundation release