People in Need

CFWNC's largest competitive grant to date of $200,000 was a People in Need grant was 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. 

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

Goal: In partnership with donors and affiliates, 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, our affiliates, 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 2017, SUN grants were awarded to seven nonprofits totaling $89,994.  Recipients included All Souls Counseling Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, Inc., Blue Ridge Literacy Council, Girls on the Run of WNC, Green Opportunities, Safelight, Inc. and Under One Sky Village Foundation.

"It gives me great hope for the future to know that your organization is out there working side by side with us to improve the lives of those in such desperate need. No one should have to live with daily fear and hopelessness because they have no place to go. It is our aim to increase awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault and continue to provide safe haven to victims for as long as we are needed."

Melita Lindsay, Executive Director, Steps to Hope

Grant Programs

In addition to the People in Need and SUN grant programs, the Foundation manages several other grant programs that support people. Learn more about these grant programs below:

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

Virginia Dollar

Virginia Dollar
Senior Program 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

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