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Covid Response Fund announces fourth round of grants

The United Way of Henderson County and Community Foundation of Henderson County on Thursday announced the recipients of a fourth round of grants from the Henderson County COVID-19 Response Fund, a partnership fund that supports community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic in Henderson County.

Grants were awarded Thursday morning to seven organizations, totaling $53,500. This brings total distributions from the fund to $228,540 for 31 organizations since the fund was first established on March 20. To date, the fund has raised nearly $330,000.
“The effects of COVID-19 have magnified needs of individuals in our community who depend on important nonprofits – which have also been negatively affected by the pandemic,” said Bo Caldwell, superintendent of Henderson County Public Schools, and a member of the fund’s advisory committee. “Through contributions made to the Henderson County COVID-19 Response Fund, we can directly support the continuity of care these nonprofits provide for individuals facing increased hardships. It is so rewarding to live in such a caring and giving community that steps up and reaches out to provide to those in need,” he added.
The fourth round of grants went to:
• Blue Ridge Literacy Council for family literacy remote support. ($5,100)
• Children & Family Resource Center for diapers, wipes, and formula for families in
Henderson County and cleaning supplies for childcare centers. ($10,000)
• Crossnore School & Children’s Home for counseling services for children and
adolescents affected by COVID-19. ($5,900)
• Hendersonville Spanish SDA Church for food, prescription, rent and utility assistance.
• Pisgah Legal Services for legal services related to unemployment. ($10,000)
• The Salvation Army of Hendersonville for food pantry and financial assistance for
power, rent and utilities. ($5,000)
• True Ridge for food delivery, domestic violence support, rent and utility assistance for
Latinx community. ($10,000)

An advisory committee of representatives from local government and community institutions who are working directly with impacted populations is continuing to meet to allocate funds based on growing community needs. Additional grants will be awarded as applications continue to be accepted on a rolling basis.
How to Apply:
An application form for organizations to request funds is available on both United Way’s ( and Community Foundation’s ( websites.
A list of grant recipients from previous rounds of funding can also be found on their websites.
How to Make a Donation to the COVID-19 Response Fund:
• Credit Card: visit
• Checks: payable to the “Henderson County COVID-19 Response Fund” c/o Community Foundation of Henderson County, 401 N. Main St., Ste. 300, Hendersonville, NC 28792.
• Donor Advised Fundholders: request a grant to the Henderson County COVID-19 Response Fund from your donor advised fund. Call the Foundation at 828-697-6224 for assistance.
• Corporations and foundations: to make a donation, contact Denise Long (, 828-692-1636) or McCray Benson (, 828-697-6224).
NC211 COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information & Resources
For information about COVID-19 or assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing childcare, or other essential services, dial 211 or visit to reach United Way’s resource and referral line.