CFWNC awards Educational Grants to Swain County High School

by Dec 17, 2018COMMUNITY sgadugi


The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina announced recently two grants totaling $1,600 for Swain County High School from the Learning Links grant program, which provide local teachers with funding for activities designed to make required coursework engaging and relevant for their students.  Funds will purchase necessary materials for a Latin American cultural and arts celebration and guitars for a music class.

“Since the Learning Links grant program awarded its first grants in 1995, the need to support teachers and students has increased as public funds for education continue to decline,” said CFWNC President Elizabeth Brazas.  “We are grateful to the generous people who created the endowments, and donors who add additional funds, that together provide field trips, hands-on experiments, STEM projects and more that support the work of teachers and benefit students across western North Carolina.”

Learning Links offers grants up to $800 per teacher to public school teachers in Avery, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford and Swain counties to provide experiential learning projects for students.  The goal is to increase students’ enthusiasm for learning and school. The grants are made possible by the Ben W. and Dixie Glenn Farthing Charitable Fund, the Cherokee County Schools Endowment Fund and the Dr. Robert J. and Kimberly S. Reynolds Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.  This year, 70 grants were awarded totaling $95,736.

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in eighteen counties in western North Carolina.  Last year, the Foundation facilitated $18 million in charitable giving.

Info: The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (828) 254-4960 or visit

– Community Foundation of Western North Carolina