The Evergreen Foundation board of directors voted at their March board meeting to provide $39,695 in fourth quarter funding to seven agencies providing programs and services for individuals with Behavioral Health, Substance Use and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. The grants were awarded through a competitive grant process open to non-profit agencies.

The grants include the following organizations in WNC:

• $7,625 to The Center for Domestic Peace to provide additional victim advocacy hours and a staff training stipend.

• $18,500 to Meridian Behavioral Health to upgrade the lighting in their Sylva facility which will help to lower their utility costs.

• $1,000 to Clean Slate Coalition to support their annual Spring Fling.

• $2,000 to LifeSpan Creative Campus to support the expansion of their arts program.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with the next award cycle in June. Proposals are due no later than May 31. The mission of the Evergreen Foundation is to improve access to and public awareness of quality prevention, treatment and support services by the provider community to individuals and families with intellectual/developmental disabilities, behavioral health and/or substance abuse needs in Jackson, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Macon and Swain counties. Activities of the Evergreen Foundation include: infrastructure to the service network; start up and service provision grants; scholarships to enhance the quality of the provider network; public awareness/education; fundraising to support Foundation activities; and advocacy on behalf of consumers and the provider network. To learn more about the Evergreen Foundation or obtain a grant application, visit the web site at www.evergreenfoundationnc.org.