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Biltmore Lake Charitable Fund

The Biltmore Lake Charitable Fund (BLCF) was created to improve the quality of life in the Enka-Candler community by supporting education, economic development, health care and other projects that promote community development like the arts and environment. BLCF provides grants starting at $2,500 for nonprofit organizations and public agencies for programmatic needs, capital campaigns and operating expenses.

Deadlines and Dates

  • Spring Cycle - April 1 with funding decisions announced in May. 
  • Public School applications must be reviewed and approved by the Enka Schools Foundation prior to being submitted to the BLCF. The deadline for submitting proposals to the Enka Schools Foundation is March 1.
  • All grantseekers must submit a completed online application to The Community Foundation by 5 p.m. on April 1.

Eligibility

Tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and governmental entities are eligible to apply for these grants. Organizations must be located in or serve the Enka-Candler community. This is the area south of I-40, west of I-26, north of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and east of the Buncombe County boundary.

Things to Consider Before Applying

  • Requests that exhibit the greatest community benefit, which include education, economic development, health care and projects promoting community development, like arts and quality of life issues, will be given the highest consideration. 
  • Projects should be completed within one year of receiving the grant. 
  • Requests that will have the greatest impact will receive the highest priority. Consider the number of people served, significance of work, track record of group and potential for positive outcomes. 
  • Routine, annual requests for operating funds may fall to a lower priority for the reasons listed above. 
  • The beneficiary of a third party grant application should submit a letter of endorsement as a component of the application.

Funding Restrictions

  • Projects should benefit the greater Enka-Candler community and not primarily the Biltmore Lake community and its residents.

How to Apply

Access Community Foundation Staff Assistance

The staff of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina is available and eager to assist you as you develop your proposal. Contact Virginia Dollar at (828) 367-9907or by e-mail: dollar@cfwnc.org

Submit a Biltmore Lake Charitable Fund Application 

The BLCF application is an online process. Go HERE to begin the online process. The online application should be completed by the deadline date. If the deadline date is on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is 5 p.m. the next business day. All applicants will receive notification of the receipt of their application (by email) and next steps in the review process within 2 weeks after the grant deadline. 

The Review Process 

Applications are screened for completeness, clarity and compliance with eligibility requirements. Grant proposals are evaluated and approved by the Biltmore Lake Charitable Fund Committee, and funding decisions are announced within two months of the application date.


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