Local Family Foundation Donates $418,131 To 10 Community Nonprofits
The Jandy Ammons Foundation Announces Annual Grants Supporting Conservation, Education 

Raleigh, NC – April 2022 – Ten North Carolina-based nonprofits will complete important projects in 2022 thanks to support from The Jandy Ammons Foundation. The local family foundation is giving $418,131 to support environmental conservation, education, faith-motivated community advocacy, and more. The recent grants bring the foundation’s total giving to almost $2.5 million since 2014. 

“After a trying couple of years, we’ve seen how connections to art and nature help people find respite,” says Jan Ammons, The Jandy Ammons Foundation co-founder and president. “Our goal has always been to support organizations with a strong volunteer base who are planning unique, specific projects for the health and wellness of their community. Now more than ever we see the value in supporting these nonprofits.” 

Jan is a lifelong community volunteer who spent years working on behalf of the public school system, public parks and trails efforts, and church missions. She and her husband, Andy Ammons, created The Jandy Ammons Foundation to support the kinds of initiatives they’ve given time to as community volunteers, parents, and church members — projects that blend learning with the arts, the environment, and faith-based perspectives to create powerful impact. 

This year’s grants will fund: 

  • Cape Fear River Watch (Wilmington), innovative storm drain litter traps and education about pollution reduction 
  • Corral Riding Academy (Cary), community and educational space revitalization 
  • Elkin Valley Trails Association (Elkin), Bridge of Dreams trail head at Carter Falls 
  • Marbles Kids Museum (Raleigh), activation of the central courtyard adjacent to Moore Square 
  • Miracle League of the Triangle (Cary), in support of its new ballpark in downtown Durham 
  • NC Museum of Life & Science (Durham), the forthcoming Explore the Wild exhibit 
  • NC State Engineering Foundation (Raleigh), in continued support of Fitts-Woolard Hall 
  • NC Wildlife Federation (Raleigh), habitat restoration at 10 Triangle sites 
  • Tar River Land Conservancy (Louisburg), 3 new public nature trails in southern Granville County 
  • Wonder Connection (Chapel Hill), planting a hospital courtyard learning garden 

“Through the foundation, we can enable community-minded projects that need capital support to get out of the planning phase and into implementation,” says Andy. “We are excited about the different ideas these nonprofits have and impressed by their passion to bring them to life. From public trails to museums to accessible baseball, we hope the grants support a better community for everyone.” 

The Jandy Ammons Foundation issues grants annually and Letters of Inquiry for 2023 funds are being accepted through May 2, 2022. For more information on the grant proposal process, please visit the Guidelines page of our website 

About The Jandy Ammons Foundation 

Founded in November 2012, The Jandy Ammons Foundation (TJAF) is a 501(c)(3) grant-making foundation formed by Heritage Wake Forest developer Andy Ammons and his family. The organization’s mission is to support project-driven endeavors that will enhance wildlife habitats, park settings, educational surroundings, artistic installations, or Christian church mission projects. This is achieved by partnering with nonprofit organizations where a significant volunteer base can be demonstrated to fund specific project-driven initiatives within the scope of the mission. TJAF is a true family foundation: Jan Ammons, Andy Ammons, and their son Drew Ammons make up the Board of Directors; the Ammons’ son, Max Ammons, son-in-law, Chris Rumbley, and daughter-in-law, Alex Ammons, serve on committees within. Daughter Jessie Ammons Rumbley is the executive director.