School Energy Efficiency Program 2014-15

The NC General Assembly generously allocated $500,000 of TVA settlement funds in the 2014-2015 state budget for WNC Communities to launch a School Energy Efficiency Program. The objective of this program is to distribute the funds in a fair and equitable manner to public school systems in 17 counties of western North Carolina to reduce lighting expenses.  For more information contact our office.


TVA AG & Forestry Fund 2015

WNC Communities is pleased to manage the TVA Ag & Forestry Fund. This fund was created for innovative agriculture and forestry projects that strengthen the agriculture and forestry industries by addressing energy needs, sustainability, education/training, public outreach, economic development, infrastructure enhancement or other projects that meet environmental improvement standards. The 2015 distribution cycle is currently in process.  Please check back for a listing of recipients to be determined  Read More »


Agriculture Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees

WNC Agricultural Hall of Fame: Celebrating 25 Years The purpose of this prestigious event is to recognize, encourage and promote agriculture in the mountains of North Carolina. Please reference the MEMBERS page to see who has been inducted over the past 25 years. The induction ceremony is held in May at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, North Carolina. Congratulations  Read More »


Honors Award Winners 2014

Sixty-six communities submitted applications and the following awards were presented at the 65th WNC Honors Awards Program in November of 2014 at the Omni Grove Park Inn. Here is a listing of the 2014 Honors Awards Winners: COMMUNITIES OF DISTINCTION: Bethel RCO and Upper Hickory Nut Gorge COMMUNITIES OF PROMISE: Balsam Grove, Big Cove, Big Y, Brasstown, Caney Fork, Carson, Cedar Mountain, Cowee, Crab Creek,  Read More »


Journey Scholarship Recipients 2014

  This year 9 scholarships totaling $11,500 have been awarded to deserving high school seniors preparing to attend college. We are honored to announce the following Journey Scholarship recipients: Haley Brown from Leicester $500 to AB Technical College Ellie Caldwell from Edneyville $1,500 to Wake Forest University Abby Nelson from Edneyville $1,500 to Lenoir-Rhyne University Lilly Smith from Ox Creek $1,000 to Covenant College Joshua  Read More »


Honors Award Winners 2013

Congratulations to the 62 communities from this year’s 64th WNC Honors Awards Program. List of Community Award Recipients   Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors! SPONSORS OF PROMISE Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Resort Duke Energy Progress Mission Health PARTICIPATING SPONSORS Buncombe County Farm Bureau Carolina Farm Credit First Citizens Bank HomeTrust Bank Telco Community Credit Union Wells Fargo