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The Evergreen Foundation board of directors voted at their June meeting to provide $428,715 in first quarter funding to 13 agencies providing programs and services for individuals with behavioral health, substance use and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Agencies awarded grants:

• Southwestern Child Development:

$50,000 in funding for the expansion of their Family Nurse Partnership program into Cherokee, Clay and Graham Counties to assist high-risk, first-time mothers.

• Ashville Buncombe Community Christian Ministries-NC Serves: $30,000 in continuation funding for the NC Serves Veterans program in Cherokee, Clay, Graham and Swain counties.

• Meridian Behavioral Health, four grant awards:

$28,783 in continuation funding to support an integrated care pilot program at the Cherokee Health Department.

$125,000 to develop and test a pilot model service called Comprehensive Community Support Services for individuals with Mental Health and Substance Use issues in Cherokee, Haywood, Jackson, and Macon counties.

$52,200 for continued support of the patient assistance program which provides over one million dollars in free medication to individuals in the seven-county area each year.

$55.308 to upgrade computers and technology for the agency in the seven WNC counties.

• KARE: $12,265 in fund a gap in therapy services for child victims of abuse.

• Renewed Hope: $4,885 to fund upgrades to storage and additional equipment for their saw mill program which assists men recovering from substance use issues in WNC.

• Mountain Projects, two grant awards:

$5,119 to purchase computers and other technology for the Circles of Hope program in Jackson County.

$50,000 to fund the Resilience Model Training in Cherokee, Clay, Swain and Graham counties.

• 30th Judicial District DV-SA Alliance: $14,155 to assist with setting up an MDMA Assisted Therapy Clinic to help person who have PTSD.

Applications from not-for-profit organizations are accepted on a rolling basis, with the next award cycle in September.

Grant proposals are due by Aug. 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 Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. To learn more about the Evergreen Foundation visit the web site at www.evergreenfoundationnc.org.

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