People in Need

The Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County was awarded $10,000 toward the purchase of a bus to transport students to a new teen center.  Photo courtesy of the Boys and Girls Club. 

All people in Western North Carolina have opportunities to access the resources and services that meet their basic needs.

Goal: In partnership with donors, work to address critical needs facing our region's most marginalized populations.


CFWNC supports people in need through an annual grant cycle funded by the Janirve Legacy Fund, fundholders and discretionary dollars. In November 2017, sixty-seven grants of up to $20,000 totaling $1,158,662 were awarded throughout the region. The next grant cycle begins in August 2018.

Janirve Sudden and Urgent Need Grants

CFWNC offers Janirve SUN grants of up to $10,000 to assist human service nonprofit organizations experiencing an unforeseen crisis that negatively impacts their ability to continue to provide critical services. With a relatively small amount of funding, SUN grants help organizations address one-time, unbudgeted and time-sensitive emergencies that will enhance or preserve the ability of the organizations to meet their missions.

In 2018, twelve SUN grants totaling $91,742 were awarded to All Souls Counseling Center, Blue Ridge Mountain Health Project, Burke Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency, Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Accion, Haywood Pathways Center, Haywood Street Congregation, Hinton Rural Life Center, Pathways for the Future, Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry, The Christine Avery Learning Center, The Salvation Army (Asheville), and Western Carolina Pacesetters.

"When Blue Ridge Health was approached to take over a pediatric dental clinic in Polk County struggling to keep its doors open, I knew we needed to act quickly. With our county partners, we made a quick decision to assume their operations. Already committed to other large projects, we turned to the Janirve SUN grant program for emergency funding to replace critical equipment.  The clinic had served close to 10,000 children over the years. Without these funds, thousands of parents and children would not have access to dental services. On behalf of Blue Ridge Health, thank you for supporting our pursuit to provide comprehensive, accessible and affordable healthcare for all."

--Dr. Richard Hudspeth, Chief Executive Officer/Chief Medical Officer

To learn more about our People in Need focus area, please contact:

Virginia Dollar

Virginia Dollar
Senior Program Officer

CFWNC's awarded a $200,000 People in Need grant awarded to OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling to expand the SECURE program that provides financial literacy training and a three-to-one match to help low-income people establish and maintain emergency savings.  Watch the video


CFWNC has invested in the growth of WNC Girls on the Run through People in Need grants and affiliate funding.  This year, 10,000 girls are participating in the program.  Watch the video

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