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Southwestern NC Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc.

Total Qualifying Score: 7
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $100,000 to $250,000 – 2 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: No – 1
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Southwestern NC Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc.
Waynesville, Haywood County, North Carolina 28786

County (ARC Region) Haywood
State (ARC Region) North Carolina


Q1. Mission:

The Southwestern NC RC&D Council is a 501c3 organization that brings communities together to conserve and benefit from the rich cultural and natural resources of western North Carolina.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

1. The RC&D projects include large-scale agriculture producers, agri-tourism, and new & beginning farmers. Agriculture is a major contributor to

in-place economic development with a philosophy of Agriculture Development through Community Development.

2. The RC&D does extensive workshops and trainings for commodity groups, public events, and individual technical assistance. Most of these activities are in cooperation with other resource specialists and organizations.

3. The RC&D actively takes part in reviewing infrastructure projects but is mainly focused on impacts to natural resources and agriculture. 4. We are seeing a tremendous economic increase by focusing on in-place economic development in tourism, recreation, main street revitalization, entrepreneurship, agriculture, and forestry.
5. The RC&D Council is approaching 35+ years of operation. We will be asked to focus on Mission and Operations to revitalize the board

and activities of the Council. Having been created by the USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service and Soil & Water Conservation Districts these relationships have changed. In a revitalization, we need to clearly address how we engage the next generation of leaders and laser focus our strengths and relationships for the future benefits of western NC.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 9/1 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 10/1 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $117,733/$103,664

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $97,220 / $139,269

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $117,733 / $103,664

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): No ($)
Received From:   Date Received:
For What Purpose(s):

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

Restrictions have put a real stop to our normal outreach activities, often the basis for new activities. With funders re-directing support to critical COVID-19 issues the traditional work with agencies and NGOs have changed. Local governments & organizations are very cautious of new ideas.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Adjusting to no face to face outreach activities, since that is how we have succeeded.
The priorities of NGOs are changing due to national issues including economy, critical diversity issues and the pandemic.
It has taken 7 years to stablize our budget, now we can address changes to the organization for future success delivering the best programs for WNC.

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

At a time when there are many new resources, we need a credible process to make organizational changes. I started when the organization had six weeks worth of funds and the door was closing. We “NEED” to change in structure and focus to address critical issues, making things happen for western NC.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Mission & Operations

Course #2 Choice: 2-Long-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Winter 2021: 10-Week Course (Jan. 25. 2021 – Apr. 4, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)


Name: Lynn Sprague, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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