In 2009, three major foundations located in Greenville announced awards to the Eastern Carolina Village & Farm Museum amounting to $175,000, The West Memorial Fund, which was begun by former Greenville mayor and businessman and his wife, Eugene and Vivian West, gave $50,000. The Mildred Sheffield Wells Charitable Trust, originated by former philanthropic Greenville resident Mildred Wells, presented $50,000. A gift of $75,000 came from the James J. and Mamie Richardson Perkins Charitable Trust. Mr. Perkins had extensive farming interests in the County. The Board of Trustees for these three foundations are noted for their interests in preservation and education. These gifts pushed the Village past its fundraising goal of $232,000 for moving its buildings and artifacts to its new home on County Home Road.