The Evergreen Foundation board of directors voted at their June meeting to provide $428,715 in first quarter funding to 13 agencies providing programs and services for individuals with behavioral health, substance use and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Agencies awarded grants include: • Southwestern Child Development: $50,000 in funding for the expansion of their Family Nurse Partnership program into Cherokee, Clay and Graham Counties to assist high-risk, first-time mothers. And $125,000 to develop and test a pilot model service called Comprehensive Community Support Services for individuals with Mental Health and Substance Use issues in Cherokee, Haywood, Jackson, and Macon counties. Applications from not-for-profit organizations are accepted on a rolling basis, with the next award cycle in September. Grant proposals are due by Aug. 31. The mission of the Evergreen Foundation is to improve access to and public awareness of quality prevention, treatment, and support services by the provider community to individuals and families with intellectual/developmental disabilities, behavioral health, and/or substance abuse needs in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.