Our Awards
The Hickory Nut Gorge

On appearances, the grants we award are not big and splashy in terms of specific amounts, but they are significant in far more lasting ways.

From the very beginning, the Foundation’s leadership committed to being the type of organization that kept the reach of its support right here in the Gorge.
All the financial support that has ever been given to the Foundation has been invested back into the community.

That is why it is so important for the people of the Gorge to support the organization. Giving to the Foundation pays now and it pays forever. It pays now because it generates interest in the Foundation’s endowment. That interest is exactly what is used to award grants to local organizations.
The more people who support it the more there is to give back.

Ours is quiet, slow work, intended to grow and to last.

As Foundations go, ours is in its infancy. Still, through the generous support of those who share our vision to leave a legacy of giving in the Gorge - for the Gorge - we have been able to award several grants over the last few years.

Some of the organizations having received grants include:
Lake Lure Classical Academy
Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach, formerly Shepherd’s Care
The Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad
Bill’s Creek Community Center
Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Community Center
The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge
Fairfield Mountains Fire Department
The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
The Carolina Raptor Center
The Lure of the Dragons Dragon Boat Races (A Charitable Festival that supports Camp Lurecrest)
Friends of the Hickory Nut Gorge
Chimney Rock Village Development Association
Weed Action Coalition of Hickory Nut Gorge (via Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy)
Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC)
Lake Lure Community Education Foundation
Friends of the Mountain Branch Library


Getting a Grant from the HNG Foundation:
Traditionally, the board has selected grant recipients in an ‘around the table,’ exchange of suggestions among board members.
Because all of the board members are actively engaged in the communities of the Gorge, they bring
good insights to community needs and opportunities.
However, for the first time the organization’s history, the board will accept grant applications from the public.

The criteria for applying is simple and straightforward:

1. Name, address and contact number for the organization.
2. Year founded
3. Contact person representing the organization
4. The organization must reside in one of the five towns of the Gorge and it must serve the people and needs of the Gorge
5. The organization must explain how it will use the grant money, if awarded, keeping in mind that the Foundation prefers to give grants to projects, funds and plans that will have a more lasting impact.
6. Because good public relations is a win-win for both organizations, the funded organization is required to participate in publicizing receipt of the grant through all of their own promotional avenues, including newsletters, websites, social media pages, e-newsletters or articles to the local media.
7. The organization is required to participate in a publicity shot receiving the check from the Foundation’s Board of Advisors

There is no special form to use or deadline for sending in an applications. They can be sent in year-round to our email address
and if you have a question, just let us know: HNGFHorizon@gmail.com or contact a board member.