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 2018, sixty-six grants of up to $20,000 totaling $1,152,171 were awarded throughout the region. The next grant cycle begins in August 2019.

Matched Savings Program

In 2015, CFWNC began researching ways to help people escape the cycle of poverty.  In 2016, CFWNC awarded $114,000 to OnTrack Financial Education and Counseling and two other organizations to develop pilot programs helping low-income people gain financial literacy and build emergency savings in several WNC counties.  A further investment in match dollars of $8,000 was made when OnTrack’s enrollment exceeded expectations.

OnTrack's SECURE program now offers financial literacy and an opportunity for matched savings to clients working with partnering nonprofits around life issues such as childcare, education and job training.  Indications are that this comprehensive approach works, and that emergency savings is a key component to success.

Recent Grants

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.  

Application Information and Recent Grants

Capacity Grants

Capacity grants help a nonprofit effectively achieve their mission through projects designed to improve communications, volunteer recruitment, development, outcomes, collaboration, and technology. Application is by invitation only.

Recent Grants

"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

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

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

Virginia Dollar

Virginia Dollar
Senior Program Officer

CFWNC awarded a $200,000 People in Need grant 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
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