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Ramble Charitable Fund Creates Positive Impacts in the Local Community

Being part of a legacy of giving back is something you become a part of when you become an owner in  The Ramble. The Ramble Charitable Fund was established by Biltmore Farms, LLC, the community development firm and founder of The Ramble community, to improve quality of life in the South Buncombe County area (where The Ramble is located in Asheville, NC). The primary goal of the fund has always been to enhance the local community by supporting education, economic development, health care, the arts & culture, and the environment and quality of life. The fund was initially seeded by Biltmore Farms and a portion of the proceeds of lot and home sales in The Ramble benefit the endowment fund, creating a sizable resource to support charitable projects.

The Ramble Charitable Fund is administered by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Twice yearly, grant proposals are reviewed by the charitable fund’s board, which includes Biltmore Farms representatives and South Buncombe residents. Tax-exempt and governmental entities the serve the South Buncombe community but not specifically The Ramble neighborhood, are eligible to apply for the grants. Under special circumstance allocations are also made based on unforeseen community need, such as the COVID-19 crisis.

Some Recent Awards and Contributions:

  • Arts For Life was awarded $7,500 for educational arts-based support services to pediatric patients and their family members in treatment at Mission Children’s Hospital’s Reuter Outpatient Center.
  • Asheville Area Arts Council was awarded $7,500 for an arts and wellness program that offers free hands-on classes in drawing, ceramics, mixed media and yoga to veterans and their families.
  • Carolina Day School/Horizons was awarded $7,500 to support students from Avery’s Creek Elementary attending a summer enrichment program at Carolina Day School.
  • Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County was awarded $7,500 for an in-school program that helps at-risk youth succeed in school.
  • Getting Back To The Basics was awarded $5,000 for a Shiloh community summer camp program.
  • Guardian ad Litem Association of Buncombe County was awarded $1,500 to send children who are in DSS care to a summer camp.
  • North Carolina Arboretum Society was awarded $5,000 to work with five Roberson school district teachers to develop an environmental education course in their schools.
  • Skyland United Methodist Church/Bridges Reading Enrichment Program was awarded $3,500 to help 11 first-grade children improve reading skills.
  • C. Roberson High School was awarded $3,000 to purchase equipment for the new pool.
  • C. Roberson Rams Club Inc. was awarded $7,500 to purchase and install a retractable custom cover for the baseball stadium’s special needs seating area.
  • $75,000 contributed to the Emergency and Disaster Response Fund activated and administered by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina to support nonprofit organizations serving individuals and families whose needs have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about grant recipients here.
  • $100,000 contributed to the One Buncombe Fund. The mission of the One Buncombe Fund is to support the basic needs of individuals who have lost employment due to COVID-19 and to provide bridge funding to small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

Since 2008, the Ramble Charitable Fund has provided more than $500,000 to schools, nonprofits, and other various programs and initiatives that strengthen the local community. Visit the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina website to learn more about the fund and how to apply.

Below is a video about an Arts & Wellness program for area veterans that was launched by the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) with support from the Ramble Charitable Fund.