For the second year, Carolina Farm Credit distributed grants from its Corporate Mission Fund. A total of 66 organization applications were submitted for funding. A selection committee then narrowed down the list to 27 recipients. In total, $144,000 was donated to 27 local organizations and 8 college students in 2016, an increase from last year’s $100,000.
Organizations were able to apply for up to $5,000 to help in their projects to promote agriculture and stimulate the local agricultural economy in the western half of North Carolina. In order to be considered for the grant, applicants had to be located within the 54 counties and geographic areas where Carolina Farm Credit conducts business.
(Pictured: Left, Growing Rural and Right, North Moore FFA)
This year’s applicants had a variety of agricultural projects. Some of the projects included funding a cider festival, purchasing community livestock equipment, and covering labor costs for new facilities. Other projects included improving farmer’s markets programs, providing locally grown product to low income families and supporting local 4H and FFA chapter projects.
(Pictured: Left, NC High School Rodeo Association and Right, Victory Junction)
(Blawesome donated three sets of flowers to the luncheon)
In addition to the grant funding, Carolina Farm Credit recently held a Corporate Mission Fund Luncheon to recognize the 2016 grant recipients.
All grant recipients that attended the luncheon were entered into a separate drawing to win an additional $1,000 to support their grant projects! This year’s winner was Bethel Middle School Agriculture Department located in Haywood County. The department’s project will use the grant money to purchase new machinery and tools for the schools workshop. The new tools will allow for a hands-on classroom experience where students will be able to apply and develop their skills.
(Bethel Middle School was the winner of the additional $1,000)
Carolina Farm Credit is excited to be accepting applications until September 1st, 2017 for the Carolina Farm Credit Corporate Mission Fund.(link here). The fund’s mission is to build strong partnerships and alliances, leveraging the resources within the fund to preserve and promote the farmer, the family and our rural communities. Carolina Farm Credit wants to invest in the future of agriculture and impact the quality of life in rural North Carolina.
If you or someone you know works with an organization that is working towards a project within agriculture, be sure to apply to this year’s grant cycle!
You can apply for the 2017 Corporate Mission Fund Grant here.
The 27 organizations receiving funding are listed here
Agribusiness Henderson County (Henderson County) – The Corporate Mission Fund grant will be used to fund a cider festival that will provide an opportunity to highlight and promote the apple industry in North Carolina.
Ashe Central High School Career College Promise Program (Ashe County) – Funds granted to complete a pleached tree landscaping project on the school grounds. Pleaching is a pruning technique most often used to create privacy screens.
Avery County Extension (Avery County) – Funds will be used to purchase portable livestock equipment that will allow a variety of livestock be worked in a safe and efficient manner. The equipment will be made available to producers in Avery and Mitchel Counties as well as being used as an educational tool.
Back in the Woods Again (Chatham County) – Grant will be used to provide a safe hunting environment with no expense to the physically challenged hunter. The money will be used to provide lodging for physically challenged hunters participating in the event.
Bethel Middle School Agriculture Department (Haywood County) – The department will use the grant money to purchase new machinery and tools for the schools workshop. The new tools will allow for a hands-on classroom experience where students will be able to apply and develop their skills.
Blawesome (Orange County) – Grant funds will be used to cover labor costs associated with building a new barn and greenhouse at the farm. The barn will feature a cooling unit and work area, and the 10’x20’ greenhouse will increase the opportunities available to participants and employees at Blawesome.
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (Watauga County) – Funds will be used to purchase a 9’x16’ walk-in freezer for the High Country Food Hub. The goal is to provide cold storage space at a reasonable cost to farmers. Farmers will be able to rent space by the day, week, or month.
Carolina Antique Power Association Inc. for Country Life Museum at Sloan Park (Rowan County) – Grant money will be used to complete construction of a 60’x 80’ metal-sided building that will house the museum. When completed, the museum will be open to both school groups and the general public.
Carolina Farm Stewardship-Lomax Incubator Farm (Cabarrus County) – Funding will allow purchase of new equipment that will improve the operations of the farm and provide additional learning opportunities for farmers-in-training.
Cleveland Community College Foundation Inc. (Cleveland County) – Grant money will be used to purchase used agricultural equipment to be used in the course “Agricultural Machinery Rescue.” This course provides training exercises and techniques to fire and emergency personnel for emergencies involving Ag machinery.
Foothills Pilot Plant (McDowell County) – Funding was granted for the purchasing of packaging supplies that will help service the growing demand for poultry processing and to expand processing services to include fresh red meat processing. The goal of the project is to increase the availability of inspected processing facilities in McDowell County.
Growing Rural Opportunities (Polk County) – Funds will be used to launch a mobile farmers’ market in Polk County. GRO has acquired a bus, and this funding will allow for the repair of an onboard generator to power a freezer. Two cameras will also be purchased for the vehicle to monitor reversing and overhead clearance.
Isothermal Community College (Rutherford County) – Funding will be used to help finish construction of a barn and greenhouse to enhance the schools Agribusiness Technology Degree Program by providing a space where students receive hands-on training.
Madison County Department of Development Services (Madison County) – Grant money will be used to promote the Madison County Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market. Funds will also be used to double the goods of the EBT dollars spent at the market. Local residents will be able to purchase a higher quality product at a lower price.
Madison High School FFA (Madison County) – Funds will be used to remodel the landscape and floor in the schools 30’x60’ solarium. Decorative gravel will be added and new planters and beds will be designed in order to make the space more visually pleasing. This project will allow the FFA members a chance to participate in hands-on activities to test and demonstrate the skills learned in the classroom.
McDowell County Extension (McDowell County) – Grant funds will be used to make improvements to the Community Garden for Community Good. A watering system, compost bin, and educational kiosk will be installed at the garden. All food produced in the garden will be donated to the areas food insecure population.
North Carolina High School Rodeo Association (Ashe County) – Funds will be used to further membership, public education, scholarships, and for operating expenses. A portion of the funds will go towards equipment to educate the public at local county fairs around the state about animal husbandry. This booth would be used to recruiting new members who have an interest in agriculture, farming, and ranching.
North Moore High School FFA (Moore County) – Grant money will be used in the planning and installation of a school arboretum. This arboretum will allow horticulture students access to over 80 species of plants along with hands on experience carrying for and identifying plant species.
Rising Hope Farms (Catawba County) – Funds will be used to build a handicap restroom for riders and an office to house paperwork and medical supplies. Additional funds will be used to install a viewing area along with a break area and restroom for volunteers.
Statesville High School FFA (Iredell County) – Funds will be used to help start a FFA chapter at the school. Money will be used to buy jackets and other items for students who cannot afford to purchase them. This funding will help the new program gain membership and provide new learning opportunities to students.
The Hunger and Health Coalition (Watauga County) – The Corporate Mission Fund grant will be used to purchase locally grown vegetables, eggs, and other foods. The hope of the project is to provide lower income families in Watauga County with healthier food options.
Town of Unionville Volunteer Fire Department (Union County) – Funding will be used to purchase rescue equipment that will be used during grain bin recues. Additional funding will go towards training opportunities for the other fire departments in the county.
Veterans Healing Farm (Henderson County) – Grant money will be used to purchase a golf cart to transport elderly and disabled veterans around the farm. The golf cart will also be used to increase efficiency while working between fields. Solar panels will be installed on the golf cart to demonstrate how solar power can be used.
Victory Junction (Randolph County) – Funds will be used to support the camps Barn program. This program provides therapeutic horseback riding and animal adventures for campers. Funds will be used to purchase three new horses for the program.
Watauga County Farmers Market (Watauga County) – Grant money will be used for the design and construction for an enclosed market shelter to be used by vendors. Appalachian State University students under the supervision and direction of an architect/faculty member will be involved in the design of the sustainable structure.
West Rowan High School FFA (Rowan County) – Funds will be used to purchase a small equine stall barn and tack area. This area will provide students interested in equine science education the opportunity to learn more about equine medicine and care.
WNC Communities (Buncombe County) – The grant will be used to sponsor the 10 day youth exhibit and competition program at the NC Mountain State Fair. Youth will have an opportunity to show their livestock in a highly visible show at the fair.
The recipients of the 2016-2017 N.C. A&T University-Carolina Farm Credit Scholarships are: Caleb Bryson, Joseph Groce, Lauren Blackwell, and Christina Virginia Bradshaw
The recipients of the 2016-2017 North Carolina State University-Carolina Farm Credit Scholarships are: Melanie Fishel, Olin Austin, Nicole Mauldin, and McKayla Newsome.
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