As it works to improve the quality of life of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), the Cherokee Preservation Foundation also provides support to neighbors in Haywood, Jackson, Clay, Macon, Graham, Swain and Cherokee counties in western North Carolina to strengthen the entire region. The Foundation’s role is to help identify needs and opportunities on the Qualla Boundary and in the surrounding seven counties and address issues that fall within its authorized areas of focus — economic development, environmental preservation and cultural preservation.
The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting programs to foster collaborative partnerships between the EBCI and other players in the region and encourage public involvement. The Foundation funds projects that aim to unify western North Carolinians and increase the capacity of the region as a whole. The three types of programs that follow are representative of the foundation’s regional efforts.