W. C. and Stella B. Hennessee Foundation, Inc.

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To support a variety of charitable causes that benefit Jackson County, North Carolina.

Application deadlines

May 15 and October 15

Program areas

Arts, culture, and humanities
Environment, animals
Human services

Program limitations

No international/foreign grants will be awarded.

States served

North Carolina

Geographic limitations

Grants will only be awarded in Jackson County, North Carolina.

The W. C. and Stella B. Hennessee Foundation supports a variety of charitable causes that benefit Jackson County, North Carolina.


  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.

Application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by May 15 and October 15 to be reviewed at the grant meetings that occur in the Spring and Fall.


Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission. Grant decisions are generally communicated by June and November for applications received by the deadline.

Required agreements and reports

Periodic progress reports and final reports may be required for funded projects.

About the Foundation

The W. C. and Stella B. Hennessee Foundation was established in 1985 for educational, religious, and charitable purposes, for the benefit of Jackson County, North Carolina.

W. C. Hennessee was born on May 22, 1903. He spent his career in the lumber business, beginning with the Rocky River Coal and Lumber Company in Van Buren County, Tennessee. The family moved several times in Tennessee and Georgia with the lumber company before finally settling in Sylva, North Carolina, in 1934. Ten years later, W. C. Hennessee bought out the interests of his partners and started his own company, W. C. Hennessee Lumber Company, which operated mills at several locations until finally consolidating into one location in the Addie Community of Jackson County, North Carolina. Over the years, the work of the company changed from the manufacture of barrel staves to providing lumber for the war effort to becoming a busy saw mill with dry kiln and lumber surfacing services. The company was in continuous operation until 1980, when it merged with Hammermill Paper Company of Erie, Pennsylvania.

W. C. Hennessee’s son, Jack, was elected President of W. C. Hennessee Lumber Company in 1960 and served in that capacity until the company merged with Hammermill. He then served as Assistant to the President of Hammermill Hardwood Company until 1986. At the time of Jack’s retirement, Hammermill Hardwood Company was a branch of the Hammermill Paper Company with headquarters in Augusta, Georgia. There were two mills in South Carolina, two in North Carolina, two in Tennessee, one in Kansas and one in Indiana. Jack was the timber buyer for all mills and also the company pilot.

W. C. Hennessee was active in his community, volunteering as a member of the Boy Scout Council and serving on the board of the local hospital. He and his son Jack provided funding to build a chapel in the hospital, and The W. C. and Stella B. Hennessee Foundation supported the hospital chaplaincy program for many years. Mr. Hennessee died on July 15, 1989. Stella B. Hennessee was born on March 22, 1903. She was a homemaker whose life centered on her family. She was a devoted mother, raising four children, Robert, Dortha, Jack, and Donna. Mrs. Hennessee died on December 26, 1990.