Partnerships

At Nantahala Health Foundation, we are working to build and maintain partnerships with forward-thinking organizations focused on improving the overall health and well-being of the region. To date, our investments in health and wellness initiatives total more than $2.2 million, with these funds building the capacity of some 78 regional organizations. 

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Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center

Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center logo

Total Grant Funding: $4,935
Grant Cycle: 2021 NIMble
Priority Area: Education

To make the organization's Earn While You Learn program available online and in Spanish via DVDs, thus eliminating a variety of barriers their clients could face when attempting to access this educational resource.

preschool teacher, students

Southwestern Child Development Commission

Total Grant Funding: $225,000
Grant Cycle: 2019
Priority Area: Education

To provide expanded resources for childcare and early childhood development to parents of children ages 0-3 throughout the region.

housing development

Southwestern Commission

Total Grant Funding: $45,000
Grant Cycle: 2020 CHIP
Priority Area: Economic Security

To fill a funding gap required to expedite the start of the Southwestern NC Housing Consortium.

Impact: "We are leveraging $600,000 annually into the region for affordable housing: The first HUD allocation ($550,000) is expected in fall 2021, after review and acceptance of the regional housing plan. Additionally, the American Rescue Plan allocated extra funds to HOME consortiums. Ours is scheduled to receive $1.9 million."

SCC Health Occupations building

Southwestern Community College

Total Grant Funding: $122,800
Grant Cycles: 2019, 2020 NIMble, 2021 NIMble
Priority Area: Education

To purchase equipment for new optician program (2019); to purchase a COVID-19 tracking application with the capability to alert students and staff via SMS to emergency situations requiring their immediate attention (2020); and to purchase a chemistry analyzer, thus ensuring health science students have access to this educational tool in support of their chosen field of study and to support the outcomes of community clinics offered to the general public (2021). Photo from grantee's website.

Woman at farmers market

SouthwesternResource Conservation & Development Council

Resource Conservation & Development Council logo

Total Grant Funding: $7,800
Grant Cycle: 2021 NIMble
Priority Area: Economic Security

To support the implementation of a Farm-to-Table project in Jackson County by covering transportation (fuel and maintenance) costs, thus ensuring products can be delivered from local farmers to at least five categories of end-users, including restaurants, farmers markets, food banks, institutions, and producers of value-added products.

Special Olympics of North Carolina

Total Grant Funding: $10,000
Grant Cycle: 2021 NIMble
Priority Area: Health and Healthcare

To address the healthcare accessibility challenges and health inequities of more than 600 children and adults who are at greater health risks due to leading sedentary lifestyles, thus ensuring this population has access to health and wellness programming targeting priority issues.

Commercial kitchen

State of Franklin Health Council

State of Franklin Logo

Total Grant Funding: $10,758
Grant Cycles: 2020 NIMble, 2021 NIMble
Priority Area: Economic Security

To support the continuation of the Council's work to provide nutritious, hot meals to Swain County seniors (2020) and to install a commercial kitchen at the Swain County Senior Center, thus ensuring the ability to prepare healthy, hot meals available on-site and for home delivery (2021).

Impact: "Since October 1, 2020, we have served 676 hot meals to senior in Swain County and provided them with 126 fruit and vegetable boxes put together by Darnell Farms. These were a real hit with all the seniors since they were distributed right before Christmas. The hot meals are served 5 days a week and delivered by volunteers."

computer, wifi connection

Stecoah Valley Arts Crafts and Educational Center

Stecoah logo

Total Grant Funding: $8,000
Grant Cycle: 2021 NIMble
Priority Area: Economic Security

To upgrade the facility's Internet, WiFi, and telephone technology, thus ensuring community residents and visitors to Graham County have access to these vital services.

Summit Music Machine

Summit Charter School

Summit Charter School logo

Total Grant Funding: $10,000
Grant Cycle: 2020 NIMble
Priority Area: Education

To purchase personal protective equipment and other materials required to ensure the safety of students and staff engaged in educational activities. Photo provided by grantee.

Impact: "Summit was able to safely reopen our school in August 2020. We provided a safe school environment for our 42 faculty and staff members. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to purchase PPE equipment and other materials to ensure the safety of all students as well as our faculty and staff to teach and engage in educational activities."

Swain County Emergency Management Services

Swain County EMS logo

Total Grant Funding: $95,000
Grant Cycle: 2019
Priority Area: Health and Healthcare

To support the county's effort to develop a community paramedic program, including adding specialized equipment and advanced training for staff. Photo by NHF.

Impact: "Swain County officials successfully demonstrated that the program works by working with the local health care providers to monitor and coordinate services to individuals who have been discharged by the hospital. In addition, the local hospital system has been very cooperative in the program, and they have been successful in expanding the current capabilities of the “Doctor in a Box” to include other technology for increased care in the field."

Swain County Health Department Food program

Swain County Health Department

Swain County Government

Total Grant Funding: $60,000
Grant Cycles: 2019, 2020 NIMble, 2020 CHIP
Priority Area: Health and Healthcare

To provide access to dental services for individuals in Swain County who otherwise may not be able to afford care (2019, 2020) and to support the In-Home Aide and Chore program, which includes alleviating food insecurities for Swain County seniors (2020). "Swain County seniors were extremely grateful that their needswere being met because of this grant." Photo provided by grantee.

Impact: "COVID 19 restrictions did have an impact on services but did not hinder the overall ability to serve patients and meet goals. One dental clinic was with an average of 11 patients seen per month. Dr. Ridgeway and his staff performed 65 exams, 58 xrays, 52 cleanings, 117 fillings, and 51 extractions."

Swain Swimming pool

Swain County Recreation Department

Swain County Government

Total Grant Funding: $100,000
Grant Cycle: 2019
Priority Area: Education

To improve accessibility for the recreation department swimming pool to ensure summer day camps are more inclusive.

Cooperative Extension Kitchen

Swain County Cooperative Extension

NC Cooperative Extension Service

Total Grant Funding: $26,068
Grant Cycle: 2020 CHIP
Priority Area: Education

To renovate the Swain County Extension Teaching Kitchen, where cooking classes can be offered to the community. Illustration provided by grantee.

Senior Citizen eating meal

The Sparrows Nest Food Pantry

First Baptist Murphy logo

Total Grant Funding: $5,000
Grant Cycle: 2019
Priority Area: Economic Security

To support The Sparrow's Nest Ministry of First Baptist Church of Murphy in their effort to address food insecurity among seniors in Cherokee County.

Children with baby goat

The Still Place

Total Grant Funding: $2,500
Grant Cycle: 31 Days of Giving
Priority Area: Education

To support their mission to provide rest, renewal, and recreation to families experiencing serious, life-altering illness of a child by incorporating nature, art, spirituality, and Southern Appalachian experiences to enhance resiliency, empowerment, ​self-determination, and hope.

Tri-County Community College

TriCounty Community College logo

Total Grant Funding: $9,616
Grant Cycle: 2020 NIMble
Priority Area: Education

To purchase a nursing infant simulator to address nursing students' need for access to training. Top photo provided by grantee.

Impact: "During our family health course in the summer, our clinical sites were restricted due to lack of available pediatric clinics. The students were able to utilize this simulator and the simulation experience to accurately assess, interpret, respond, and reflect on infant nursing care. One student expressed that she felt relieved that she was able to have this opportunity to practice her neonatal assessment skills during the simulation because she was not able to attend a pediatric clinical site. She reflected on how this opportunity eased her fears and improved her confidence when providing care to that vulnerable population. She stated that having this opportunity to synthesize class and practice provided her a meaningful learning experience, and something she can take with her in her future nursing practice.."

2021 NIMble Recipients

Grant Distribution Date: June 2021
Number of Partners: 27
Total Funds Invested: $204,222
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31 Days of Giving

Grant Distribution Date: December 2020
Number of Partners: 14
Total Regional Invested: $33,275
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2020 CHIP Recipients

Grant Distribution Date: December 2020
Number of Partners: 11
Total Regional Invested: Nearly $420,000
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2020 NIMble Recipients

Grant Distribution Date: October 2020
Number of Partners: 31
Total Regional Investment: Nearly $273,000
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2019 Grant Recipients

Grant Distribution Date: December 2019
Number of Partners: 28
Total Regional Investment: Nearly $1.5 million
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