The Fund’s North Carolina-based Resourceful Communities Program Awarded a $500,000 Grant by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

January 12, 2010

Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC — Mikki Sager, Conservation Fund vice president, announced that its Resourceful Communities Program (RCP) has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. This generous funding will support RCP’s program efforts, including its Creating New Economies Fund and partner workshops which reach community leaders throughout the state.

The Resourceful Communities Program was established in 1991 to serve NC’s natural resource-rich, and socially and economically distressed communities. RCP works with partners to build local capacity to implement “triple bottom line” approaches with balanced outcomes of environmental stewardship, community-based economic development and social justice. For more information, visit

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation was established in 1936 as a memorial to the youngest child of R.J. Reynolds and Katharine Smith Reynolds. The Foundation has made grants totaling more than $452 million to recipients in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Although it makes grants for a wide range of projects, it now gives special attention to five focus areas: community economic development, the environment, democracy and civic engagement, pre-collegiate education, and social justice and equity. For more information, please visit

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