Iredell County Community Foundation awards $127,700 to seven organizations

Posted at 1:42 PM on May 31, 2018


Grant awards increase 20 percent from 2017 to 2018

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For the fourth year in a row, the Iredell County Community Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 in grants.

This year, the board awarded $127,700 to seven local nonprofits, including the Iredell County Crosby Scholars and Iredell-Statesville Schools. Grants support causes ranging from workforce development to education.

ICCF – an affiliate of Charlotte-based Foundation For The Carolinas – has awarded a total of $233,417 over the last two years.

Under the "Give, Grant, Grow Iredell County" initiative – a new partnership between the Iredell County Community Foundation and Foundation For The Carolinas – local grants have grown 20 percent since 2017. Current and former board members’ contributions are matched by FFTC and awarded to local nonprofits as part of the initiative.

"Our board is thrilled to see our grantmaking continue to grow," said Dr. Ralph Bentley, Iredell County Community Foundation board chairman. "We are fortunate to have strong local nonprofits, and we are grateful to be able to support their important work."

The Iredell County Crosby Scholars Community Partnership was one of the beneficiaries of ICCF’s increased grant funding. The program provides workforce development services to the community and will use the grant to offer a variety of career exploration tools to students.

"Iredell Crosby Scholars is committed to being relevant and engaging while preparing our students for further education after high school," said Suzanne Wegmiller, Iredell County Crosby Scholars executive director. "Through partnerships with other community organizations, this initiative will allow us to reach more students in middle and early high school and expand our high-quality, career-focused curriculum. We are also excited that this grant will allow us to provide more college tours, probably the most requested and eagerly anticipated service we provide each year."


Here is a list of all the grants:

► $20,000 to Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County for the Rainbow Kidz Pediatric Grief Program: This is a free, in-school support group to help children who have lost a loved one cope with their loss.

► $25,000 to ICARE, Inc.: To provide workforce development opportunities for eleven unemployed individuals ages eighteen and older who reside in low income Iredell County households.

► $36,000 to Iredell-Statesville School System: To provide new books in Iredell County classrooms and libraries.

► $3,500 to North Carolina Symphony: To perform one full-orchestra, curriculum-based music education concert for elementary and middle- school students in Iredell County for the 2018- 2019 school year.

► $25,000 to Mitchell Community College: To create a recruitment toolkit for 6th-12th grade counselors.

► $5,000 to Piedmont Veterans Assistance Council: To feed, house and transport homeless veterans in Iredell County.

► $13,200 to The Iredell County Crosby Scholars Community Partnership: To expand their partnerships with other community organizations to offer high-quality career exploration tools to students.

About the Iredell County Community Foundation

Established in 1989 as a permanent endowment, the Iredell County Community Foundation benefits a wide range of charitable purposes in Iredell County. As an affiliate of Charlotte-based Foundation For The Carolinas, the Iredell County Community Foundation inspires philanthropy, increases charitable giving and strengthens the community. For more information please visit

Iredell County Community Foundation Board of Trustees

Ralph Bentley, Chair
David Green, Vice Chair
Jim Ashburn
Ann Kelly
Costi Kutteh
Doug McCracken
Lauren Millovitsch
Larry Rogers
John Schaefer
Rhyne Scott
Devon Stamey
Jim Staples
Marian Steele
Sara Tice
William Troutman
Aurora Tudela
Julia Wilson
Dorothy Woodard

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