The Board of Directors of Great Smokies Health Foundation approved the funding of 33 grants totaling $128,760 to nonprofits, schools and governmental agencies in Jackson, Swain, Macon and Graham counties from the 2021 Community Grant Program. Grants focused on health, wellness and prevention projects and programs.

Awards were presented at the Great Smokies Health Foundation Sylva Thrift Shop on Sept. 23 and the Robbinsville United Methodist Church on Sept. 24.

Agencies that received 2021 Community Grant Funds are Advocates for Animals, AWAKE, Blue Ridge Dental Clinic, Catholic Charities, Center for Domestic Peace, Children’s Hope Alliance, Five Points Center, Full Spectrum Farms/Calliope Stage, Giving Spoon, Graham County Schools, GREAT, HIGHTS, Jackson County Department of Public Health, Jackson County Neighbors in Need, Jackson County Parks & Recreation, KIDS Place, Meridian, Mountain Projects/Hands on Jackson, Pisgah Legal Services, Rolling Start, Safe Kids Jackson, Southwestern Child Development, Swain/Qualla SAFE, Sylva Community Garden, The Community Table, Uncomplicated Kitchen, United Christian Ministries, Vecinos and WestBridge Vocational.

The Mission of GSHF is “To Improve the health status of the residents of Jackson, Macon, Swain, and Graham counties through investment and collaboration focused on health, wellness and prevention.” These granted funds will go toward fulfilling that mission.

To receive additional information or to volunteer, contact the Foundation office at 507-2270 or e-mail melanie.gshf@gmail.com.