New grant available for Henderson organizations

Jun. 07, 2014 @ 09:29 AM

Henderson-based organizations can apply for a new grant funded through the North Carolina Community Foundation starting June 17.

The Frances Abbot Burton Powers Fund offers up to $15,000 to government entities and non-profits with a physical location in Henderson and initiatives in education, health, literacy and religion.

Applications will be accepted through July 18 and reviewed by a board of advisors.

Katie Crumpler, northern Piedmont regional associate for the North Carolina Community Foundation, said the board is composed of three members: Powers’s husband, Preston Powers, who will act as chairman; Frank Irvine, who was her accountant, will act as vice-chairman; and Marion Lark will be a community advisor.

Frances Powers was a native of Henderson and established the fund in her trust before passing away in 2012.

She was active in the community as a member of the first Girl Scout troop in Henderson and a lifelong member of First Baptist Church. She was involved with politics, as well, with close ties to Lady Bird Johnson and her cousin, former president Jimmy Carter.

Crumpler said funds will go to any organization in the topic areas she supported, and additional grant requirements will be added by the board as necessary if competition gets tight.

Award notifications will go out by the end of July.

Director of Marketing and Communications Noel McLaughlin said no inquiries have been received yet, but emails will go out soon to organizations she has contacts for.

Applications are available online at nccommunityfoundation.org under Vance County affiliates. For more information, contact Crumpler at (919) 256-6914.

Contact the writer at dhairston@henderondispatch.com.