by Rex Hodge

Fri, March 31st 2023

HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — Ongoing efforts to improve many aspects of life in Haywood County just got a financial boost from a charitable organization. The aptly named The Fund for Haywood County has issued grants to help people, beautify the area and even boost revenues.

This year, the nonprofit has about $65,000 to divvy out to more than a dozen agencies around the county. The idea is to improve the overall quality of life.

“The Fund for Haywood County is an affiliate program of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina,” said Adam Bridges, Advisory Board Chair for The Fund for Haywood County.

He said people contribute to the nonprofit, and the interest earned is awarded to various causes each year.

“It’s a hard decision. It really is. People in need. It can be school-related. It can be clothing related. It can be food. There’s beautification components. There are hot spots for the students with Haywood County, the community college there,” Bridges said.


The Haywood County Arts Council received a grant for $2,900 for a Cherokee artist to paint a mural on the back of its building along Wall Street in Waynesville. It will include animals and the words “Renewing the fire through education” in English and Cherokee.

“And that was very important to me that the mural was not only part of beautifying the area but acting as a way for preservation of the culture,” Arts Council Executive Director Morgan Beryl said.

She said the mural will help paint a better economic picture.

“Part of our vision is to really activate that area, bring attention to Wall Street so we can help other businesses back there bring in more customers,” Beryl said.

The town of Waynesville has a $7,000 grant from the fund to spruce up Main Street with three to four bump outs.

“Those bump outs are going to include new street trees, some feeding options for individuals who want to sit on the sidewalks,” Assistant Town Manager Jesse Fowler said. “We want people to be able to go into a place, maybe buy something and come outside and enjoy and sit down and really just enjoy the beautiful downtown that we have.”

Bridges said it’s rewarding to help make improvements.

“It’s wonderful, as you can see on the smile on my face,” he said.

Bridges said he’d like to see the fund continue to grow.

Spring 2023 – Grants totaling $64,900:

Click here to donate to The Fund for Haywood County. Donations may also be made by mail: c/o CFWNC, 4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 300, Asheville NC 28803

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