Mission Statement


The mission of the Yancey County Schools’ Grants Administration and Compliance Reporting office is to secure public and private funding through competitive and collaborative grant opportunities in ways that are consistent with the school system’s mission. Core processes are:
  • Identify grant funding opportunities, communicate with central office and school personnel, and assist/prepare grant proposals and applications.
  • Assist key personnel in maintaining compliance with active grant awards.
  • Work collaboratively with the community on projects which improve the lives of Yancey County’s student body.
  • Provide staff development in grant writing. 
Grants Received by Yancey County Schools

Bald Creek receives another $15,000 in grants to continue outdoor learning environment
Bald Creek continued to receive upwards $15,000 in funds and numerous volunteer donations to realize their outdoor learning environment vision. Grants stemmed U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, and Appalachian Sustainability Agriculture Project (ASAP). Grounds improvements include a creek walk, community garden, recreational improvements and will also feature an observation deck overlooking the running brook below the school.
Mountain Heritage receives $17,000 in grant funding to construct outdoor classroom
Administration, faculty and staff at Mountain Heritage received good news when they learned they were awarded $5,000 from Lowe's Toolbox for Education and $4,500 from the US Fish and Wildlife "Connecting People with Nature" program. These grant awards (along with a previous grant for $7,500 from Blue Ridge RC&D) will be used for an outdoor classroom planned to be built next to the practice football field.
NCCIS/Z. Smith Reynolds award $3,000 to explore the development of a CIS affiliate in Yancey County
Yancey County Schools is a recipient of a $3,000 sub-grant award from the North Carolina Communities in Schools organization. Stemming from a community development grant with Z. Smith Reynolds, the funds will help develop a needs assessment and feasibility study in the county.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund grants $9,000 for science materials
Burroughs Wellcome Fund awarded $9,000 in funds to purchase GPS units, Labquests and verneir probeware for AIG students to experience an inquiry-based approach to solving real world scientific problems. This project will allow students opportunities to participate in meaningful and relevant instruction that will enhance their understanding of math, weather, and scientific inquiry.
Appalachian Collaborative for Higher Education awards $2,500 for SOAR
In an effort to reduce the dropout rate among targeted students and increase the number of students attending post-secondary schools, Project SOAR (Students Obtain Academic Readiness) was awarded $2,500 to purchase supplies, afford experiential opportunities, and pay for college visits.
Bee Log Elementary receives $5,000 grant to fund classroom libraries
Bee Log Elementary recently received a $5,000 Back-to-School grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The grant will purchase at least 900 books to be placed in classroom libraries K-5. The award supports the self-selected reading component of the four-block approach to literacy instituted county-wide.
Yancey County Schools awarded a $500,000 grant through ACA for facilities at East Yancey, Cane River
Yancey County Schools was awarded $500,000 through the Health Resources and Services Administration to fully construct and equip two 1,400 square foot facilities at East Yancey and Cane River middle schools. These facilities will become the new home for the school based health centers and will free up the space currently being used at each school to make new classrooms, offices, etc. The size and the layout of the new space used will be upgraded to provide for improved clinic staffing, enhancement of current services, and the addition of new services.
Mountain Heritage High School is awarded $7,000 to upgrade equipment in auditorium
The Yancey Foundation recently supported and leveraged grant money from the Community Foundation of WNC to support technological upgrades at Tomberlin Auditorium at Mountain Heritage High School. As the community’s only full-functioning indoor presentational space with the capacity to accommodate crowds greater than 300 people, the $7,000 grant will maintain the school and community’s capability to: 1) provide a space to advance the performance arts; and 2) provide a facility to house large-scale performances in order to improve local economic vitality.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC Foundation grant $5,000 for new steamer
As a part of their Healthy Eating equipment grants, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation awarded $5,000 to Yancey County Schools to purchase a steamer. The new equipment will be used to prepare breakfast and lunch at Cane River Middle School and Bee Log Elementary. Through this project, students will receive healthier food primarily because: 1) nutrient retention; 2) unhealthy seasoning reduction; and 3) increase in food quality.
NC Fish and Wildlife awards $5,000 to Bald Creek for outdoor learning center
North Carolina Fish and Wildlife recently awarded $5,000 to Bald Creek Elementary to support and outdoor learning center. This hands-on learning area will be equipped with various science stations that will allow students to observe nature and the natural sciences in a manner not afforded by traditional classroom work.
Weather Station installed at East Yancey paid for by $7,000 of grants
East Yancey Middle School installed a Weatherbug weather station and received a license to provide subsequent science programming. This addition will improve curriculum delivery and provide a tool for school cancellations due to inclement weather. The following grants and donations provided funding: $2,000 (Safe School/STEM federal assistance); $1,500 (Susan and Bubba Crutchfield); $1,500 (French Broad Electric); $1,000 (Yancey Schools Foundation); $500 (Designing Women); $500 (MAGIC afterschool program).
NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund grants $2,000 for school gardens
WNC Healthy Kids recently sub-granted $2,000 from the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund to support the expansion of school gardens at Micaville and South Toe Elementary Schools. The grant paid for equipment and materials for teachers in these schools to enhance activities with students in the school garden.
Yancey Mitchell Pillars awarded $5,000 materials grant
Mountain Air Residents Community Fund awarded Yancey Mitchell Pillars a $5,000 grant to purchase materials to complete their first house. The school-based nonprofit organization provides a hands-on jobs-skills training program where students learn to construct houses while building modular homes for Habitat for Humanity-qualified families.
USDA, Rural Utilities Service awards $264,000 to Yancey/Mitchell rural health initiative
Congressman Shuler recently announced Graham Children’s Health Services would be awarded a thee-year $264,000 for the Center for Rural Health Innovation’s telehealth initiative. The grant would provide technology and equipment for the expansion of the project to all participating Yancey and Mitchell County Schools
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust awards $197,000 for school rural health initiative
Kate B. Reynolds recently awarded a two-year $197,000 to support the pilot project of M-Y Health-E-Schools initiative. The rural health project implemented by the Center for Rural Health Innovations will provide equipment, a nurse practitioner, a project coordinator, billing and technology support.
Health and Wellness Trust Fund awards Burnsville Elementary $7,500 A+ Fit Schools grant
The North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund (HWTF) has awarded Burnsville Elementary $7,500 to implement a PTO-led project called Fit Kids. The overall project will refurbish the school’s two school-community playgrounds, implement sound policy to sustain this vital recreational resource’s existence and viability, and raise awareness about the importance of being physically active in order to encourage healthy-active lifestyles.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation awards $5,000 playground grant
South Toe Elementary recently received a $5,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation to add a new piece of equipment to their school playground. Funds were planned to purchase a free standing slide and climbing equipment. The piece previously used for students in grades 3-5 was recently determined to be unsafe to use due to its age and deterioration.
South Toe Elementary awarded $4,000 from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded $4,000 to South Toe Elementary School to fund classroom libraries in grades 3-5. Focusing on self-selected reading, the project will provide students the opportunity to choose from a book in their classroom, conference with the teacher about their chosen book, and get help when needed on varying reading comprehension techniques. The grant will provide the school with more than 800 books.
Yancey County Schools awarded 4-year, $859,000 grant for free afterschool programming
Yancey County Schools was recently notified that it had been awarded $859,000 from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to provide free afterschool programming at five district schools for the next four years. The purpose of 21st CCLC program is to provide students with academic enrichment opportunities along with activities designed to complement students’ regular academic programs. These services include tutoring and mentoring, homework assistance, academic enrichment (such as hands-on science or technology programs), community service opportunities, music, art, sports, and cultural activities. 75% of funding (or approximately $650,000) from this award will go toward providing jobs in our school system.
Yancey County Schools is a recipient of a $97,000 dropout prevention grant
Yancey County Schools was awarded $97,234 from the NC Dept. of Public Instruction to develop a collaborative, coordinated dropout prevention program. The awarded project will produce positive outcomes in students’ attendance, behavior, and attitude towards academics, all dropout risk factors. Aiming its project at early intervention, the funding is chiefly being directed at East Yancey and Cane River middle schools. A full-time dropout prevention coordinator has been hired through these grant funds.
Appalachian Regional Commission grants $89,000 for telemedicine pilot at Micaville
In partnership with Graham Children’s Health Services, M-Y Health-E-Schools and Mitchell County Schools, Yancey County students will soon benefit from an $89,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Funds will be utilized to purchase telemedicine equipment for the pilot project at Micaville Elementary. The program will provide school-based health care services through secure technology which links students with area health care providers.
Carolina Panthers Foundation awards Bald Creek $5,000 for playground improvements
Carolina Panthers recently awarded Bald Creek Elementary $5,000 to complete the final phase of their playground and gym renovation. Through the rejuvenated PTO, the school has collaborated with the community to reface their school recreational area. Grant funds will be used to purchase more equipment and to promote playground safety.
Micaville Elementary receives $3,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
Micaville Elementary recently received a $3,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation to help refurbish their school playground. Funds were planned to purchase a free standing track ride where students could hold themselves up and ride a short track like they would a zip line.
Yancey County Learning Academy provided $5,000 Worth of Books
Yancey County Learning Academy was recently awarded $5,000 worth of books when arrangements were made with the Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh for the school to pick up 12 boxes of free books from their disbanded media center.
East Yancey Middle and Burnsville Elementary schools receive $47,000 for Summer Programming
Yancey County Schools was recently awarded a $47,000 grant from the NC Department of Public Instruction to help support student learning and enrichment activities for students at East Yancey Middle School and Burnsville Elementary. Only schools with current 21st Century Community Learning Centers funded through the Department of Education were eligible to apply.
Mountain Heritage Receives $84,000 to Expand Agriculture Education Facilities
The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund recently awarded Yancey County Schools an $84,327 grant to install a 2,000 square foot instructional greenhouse that will facilitate the teaching of emerging technologies and farming methods. Through this program, the Career and Technical Education department will expand the integrated educational model that focuses high school students on careers, as well as the science and technology of managing and utilizing resources to meet the demand of consumable agricultural commodities and products.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC Foundation grants $50,000 for Telemedicine pilot
M-Y Health-E-Schools, a sub-committee of Graham Children’s Health Services, received $50,700 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC Foundation (BCBSNCF) to launch a pilot of the Mitchell-Yancey Telemedicine project. Money from a previous grant will fund the equipment needed to initiate this innovative access-to-care model while money from BCBSNCF will be utilized to fund a program coordinator and nurse practitioner for one year.
Clearmont Elementary awarded $4,000 from the Dollar General Foundation to fund classroom libraries
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded $4,000 to Clearmont Elementary School to fund classroom libraries in grades 3-5. Focusing on self-selected reading, the project will provide students the opportunity to choose from a book in their classroom, conference with the teacher about their chosen book, and get help when needed on varying reading comprehension techniques. The grant will provide the school with more than 500 books.
Mountain Heritage awarded $4,000 for SOAR program
Yancey County Schools recently received $4,000 from the WNC Access and Success program to assist in the expenses of the Mountain Heritage SOAR program. Students Obtaining Academic Readiness (or SOAR) is a class that provides critical life skills and steers career and college development in transitioning high schoolers. Utilizing award winning curriculum, the grant provides funds for program supplies, standardized testing preparation books, resources for parent meetings, and money for experiential field trips to local colleges and universities.
Bald Creek Elementary awarded $5,000 grant for phase II of playground project
Bald Creek Elementary School in Yancey County has received a grant of $5,000 from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. The grant will be used to assist in the completion of phase II of the school’s “Play Land” renovation. The project began two years ago with the refurbishment of the school’s gymnasium and continued with a two-phase playground renovation.
Yancey County Schools awarded $40,000 Federal grant to boost student achievement with more books
The State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, has awarded Yancey County Schools four separate $10,000 grants to help strengthen its librarys’ book collections. Mountain Heritage, East Yancey, Cane River, and Burnsville Elementary were the awarded schools; only libraries with full time media coordinators were eligible to apply. The single-year grants are to purchase books in order to support reading, reading readiness, and student achievement. These grants are one means to focus the attention of teachers, principals, and parents on the need to maintain strong print collections in school libraries.
Competitive stimulus grants through USDA totaling $23,861 upgrade schools' cafeteria equipment
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, four grants totaling $23,861 were awarded to Yancey County Schools to upgrade several schools’ cafeterias. Bald Creek Elementary, South Toe Elementary, and Micaville Elementary received $6,174 each to purchase brand new steamers and East Yancey Middle School received $5,338 to purchase a new refrigerator. Schools which had a 50% or higher participation in the federal free and reduce lunch program were eligible to apply. Eight of the county’s nine schools had an application submitted on their behalf for varying pieces of equipment and four were awarded.
NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund awards a $60,000 Fit Community grant to support MH community track
The refurbishment of the community track at Mountain Heritage High School was recently completed with a two-year $60,000 grant from the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund’s Fit Community initiative. This state-wide project recognizes and rewards North Carolina municipality and county-led efforts to promote physical activity and healthy eating programs, policies, environments, and lifestyles. In addition to funding the refurbishment of the track, the Fit Community grant provides resources to implement Active Living by Design’s 5 P approach to fit communities which includes policy advocacy, programming, and promotion.
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust awards $124,000 for Teen Health Connection at Mountain Heritage
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust has funded a joint effort between Yancey County Schools and the Toe River Health District to increase health service opportunities to Yancey County teens. The $124,000 two-year grant makes available behavioral health counseling during school hours at Mountain Heritage High School and health care and nutrition services during special evening hours at Yancey County Health Department. The Teen Health Connection has been established to link the quality health care and behavioral health services students have received in the East Yancey and Cane River Middle School Student Health Centers for the past 15 years to students at the high school.
Samuel Phillips Foundation grants $40,000 to pilot telemedicine project
Samuel Phillips Foundation recently awarded a $40,000 grant to support the Mitchell-Yancey Health-E-schools initiative. This collaborative project addresses access to care issues in youth with an innovative approach to securely connect health care providers to schools. The Phillips Foundation grant will fund basic equipment needed for the pilot project. Graham Children's Health Services is the fiscal agent for both the project and the grant award.
Walmart Foundation awards $10,000 grant for MH Community Track
The Walmart Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to assist in the refurbishment costs of the Mountain Heritage community track. The award was made to Graham Children’s Health Services who has collaborated in the renovation process and will be active in programming, promotion, and policy advocacy of fitness programs on the track once it is open. The Walmart Foundation believes in a philosophy of operating globally and giving back locally. The Walmart Foundation believes it can make the greatest impact on their communities by supporting causes that are important to its customers right in their own neighborhoods.
Yancey County Schools awarded $1.4 Million in Qualified School Construction Bonds through Stimulus Dollars
Yancey County Schools was awarded Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCB) in the amount of $1,413,178 to complete roofing projects at Burnsville Elementary and Micaville Elementary. These no-interest bonds provide capital for the school system to proceed with much-needed repairs to their school buildings while putting people back to work through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC Foundation awards $25,928 for MH Community Track
The Mountain Heritage community track project received a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation (BCBSNCF) in the amount of $25,928. The newly refurbished track will feature a rubberized surface to encourage walkers and runners to start and/or continue their exercise regimens. With a hope to increase the healthy active behaviors of the county, once completed, the newly refurbished track will be open to the public during specified community hours.
NC Partnership for Children and NCDPI provide $5,000 for Ready Schools Initiative
A $5,000 grant was awarded to Yancey County Schools to continue its Ready Schools initiative. Addressing key issues in transition between pre-school and kindergarten, Ready Schools shares focus of readying children for school with readying schools for children. Utilizing community collaboration, the grant award is a conduit for effective communication between the child care facilities in the county and the public school system. After assessments have taken place, this incentive grant will provide classroom materials and curriculum support for teachers in Kindergarten classes.
NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund awards a 3-year, $227,000 grant forTobacco Use Prevention Program
A three-year $227,000 grant was awarded from the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund to develop a tobacco prevention and cessation program at Yancey County Schools. This grant will fund a full-time coordinator based at Mountain Heritage to focus on prevention and cessation strategies. The teen tobacco program will help develop teen tobacco-prevention advocates, be a catalyst for social marketing, and provide curriculum, resources and training for prevention and cessation issues in teens. The NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund was created by the General Assembly as one of 3 entities to invest North Carolina's portion of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.
SHAC Sustainability Mini-Grant of $5,000 helps support MH Community Track
The Mountain Heritage Community Track received $5,000 from the North Carolina School Health Advisory Council’s sustainability mini-grant program. This grant will be utilized to perform assessments on physical activity at Mountain Heritage and provide funds for necessary architectural designs pertaining to the track.
East Yancey and Cane River Student Health Centers receive $285,000 from DHHS
East Yancey and Cane River Student Health Centers will remain open for three more years after being awarded $95,000/year grants from the North Carolina Division of Health and Human Services. Operating since 1993, the Student Health Centers provide primary and preventative health services, mental health counseling, and nutritional services in a school-setting.
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Grants $27,000 for Yancey-Mitchell School-Based Telemedicine
Administered by Graham Children’s Health Services, the Yancey-Mitchell School-Based Telemedicine Project received a $27,000 grant from Kate B. Reynolds to explore the feasibility of telemedicine in Yancey and Mitchell Counties. Telemedicine utilizes internet videoconferencing and specially equipped stethoscopes and cameras to examine patients from remote locations. With a mission to positively diagnose and improve the health of the student population, telemedicine additionally seeks to increase classroom attendance for students and decrease time spent away from work for the parent or caretaker of the child.
American Academy of Pediatrics Awards $10,500 for Telemedicine Project
The American Academy of Pediatrics awarded a Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) grant to Graham Children’s Health Services to provide pre-assessment and planning activities for the Yancey-Mitchell School Based Telemedicine Project. Expected to be piloted in a hub and spoke system, the first telemedicine spoke site could be operational at one of Yancey County’s schools within a year.
RMHC Global awards a $5,000 Matching Grant to Bald Creek Elementary
RMHC Global awarded a matching $5,000 grant to assist in the costs of the Bald Creek Elementary playground renovation project. “It is the goal of RMHC to make funds available that provide benefits to children in areas of education, recreation, cultural awareness, and health care,” said John Karas, chair of the RMHC Grant Committee.
Mountain Heritage Track receives $7,000 Grant to Assist in Refurbishment Costs
Yancey County Schools received $7,000 from the Community Foundation of WNC to assist in the track renovation project. As one of the very few flat surfaces in mountainous Yancey County where families can walk and exercise safely, the track renovation addresses the alarming rising trend of youth obesity in the area, upgrades a near-absent component of local recreational infrastructure, and promotes quality health. Funding for this award was provided by the Yancey Foundation, the Peterson Endowment Fund, and the Jenifer Morgan Charitable Fund.
Community Foundation of WNC awards $7,000 for Mitchell/Yancey School-Based Telemedicine Project
Graham Children’s Health Services of Toe River was awarded $7,000 by the Community Foundation of WNC for Mitchell/Yancey School-based telemedicine project. This grant provides planning funds to provide a collaborative community-wide assessment to map student access-to-care issues in a school setting.
Bald Creek Elementary awarded $5,000 for Community Playground Project
Bald Creek Elementary was awarded $5,000 to help purchase equipment for its playground. Funded by Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, the grant is part of Bald Creek’s “Building a Stronger and Healthier School Community” parent-teacher initiative. The proposed playground will provide a 13-station playset, two swing sets, a climbing tunnel, see-saw, drum panel, playhouse, mulch, border timbers, and handicap accessibility.
North Carolina Amateur Sports Endowment grants $1,000 for High School Track Renovation
The Mountain Heritage High School track project was given $1,000 by the North Carolina Amateur Sports Endowment Fund. The NCAS Endowment provides funds to organizations that promote amateur athletics, individuals training for elite level competitions, and general physical fitness programs.
Toe River Wellness and Achievement Council provided $2,500 for Operational Support
Toe River Wellness and Achievement Council, an educational collaborative for the Yancey County student body, was provided $2,500 by Graham Children’s Health Services for operational start-up costs. This committee will provide educational programs in concert with area non-profit agencies to help students in Yancey County achieve wellness and educational plateaus.
Mountain Heritage's Track Project Underway with $10,000 Grant
Mountain Air Residents’ Community Fund recently awarded Yancey County Schools a $10,000 grant to assist in renovation costs to restore the aged athletic running track at Mountain Heritage High School. As one of the few flat surfaces in the county where people can exercise safely, more than 1,200 individuals were estimated to use it yearly. Funding for this project will help repair a reoccurring sinkhole beneath the track’s surface, mill and repave existing asphalt, and install a brand-new rubberized surface.
Micaville awarded $5,000 by Dollar General for Classroom Libraries
Dollar General recently awarded Micaville Elementary a $5,000 Back to School grant to fund six classroom libraries in grades K - 2. Focusing on self-selected reading, students have the opportunity to choose a book from their new classroom libraries, silently read, and conference with their teacher about various elements of their chosen book. The Dollar General Back to School grant will provide Micaville Elementary with more than 1,000 books.
Yancey County Schools Receive $224,000 for Afterschool Programs
The North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has awarded $224,490 to administer the Support Our Students program for the next three years at Cane River Middle School and Bald Creek Elementary. In collaboration with Yancey County Schools, Yancey County 4-H, and Graham Children's Health Services of Toe River, the Support Our Students program is designed to create supportive extra learning opportunities that have a positive impact on the lives of school-aged youth.