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Ramble Charitable Fund


Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County was awarded $7,500 for “Student Support Specialist at Estes Elementary” to support its program for children from low-income families. Photo is of program at Emma Elementary. Photo by Michael Oppenheim.
The Ramble Charitable Fund (RCF) was created to improve the quality of life in designated Buncombe County communities by supporting education, economic development, health care and other projects that promote community development. Grants range from $2,500 to $7,500 for nonprofit organizations and public agencies for programmatic needs, capital campaigns and operating expenses. Projects should benefit the designated Buncombe County communities and not primarily the Ramble community and its residents. 

  • Requests that exhibit the greatest community benefit, including education, economic development, health care and projects promoting community development, such as the arts and quality of life issues, will be given the highest consideration.
  • Routine annual requests for operating funds may be considered a lower priority.
  • If an organization other than the applicant will benefit from the grant, then the applicant should include a letter of endorsement from that organization.
  • Projects should be completed within one year of receiving the grant.

Deadlines and Dates


The grant application deadline is April 1 at 5 p.m. If the deadline date is on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is 5 p.m. the next business day.


Eligibility

 

Tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and governmental entities are eligible to apply. Organizations must serve the following area of Buncombe County:

  • Northern Boundary: Swannanoa and French Broad River
  • Eastern Boundary: Blue Ridge Parkway from I-40 to Sweeten Creek Road, then Sweeten Creek Road to Mills Gap Road to Henderson County Boundary
  • Southern Boundary: Henderson County Line from Mills Gap Road to Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Western Boundary: I-26 to Blue Ridge Parkway, then Blue Ridge Parkway to Henderson County Line

What We Do Not Fund


Ramble Charitable Fund grants generally do not support: scholarships; sectarian religious purposes; partisan political purposes; endowment funds; deficit funding or debt retirement; festivals or one-time events such as exhibits, performances or fundraisers; or activities taking place or expenses incurred before grant decisions are made.

How to Apply


1. Access Community Foundation Staff Assistance
Prior to submitting an application, you are encouraged to discuss your proposal with CFWNC staff. For assistance, contact Virginia Dollar, Senior Program Officer, by email or at 828-367-9907.

2. Submit a Grant Application
Access the online application process HERE to submit a grant application. For technical assistance with the online grant system, please contact Diane Crisp, Grants Manager, by email or at 828-367-9904.  Applicants will be notified by email upon receipt of their application.

3. The Review Process
Applications are screened for completeness, clarity and compliance with eligibility requirements. Grant proposals are evaluated and approved by the Ramble Charitable Fund Committee. Funding decisions are announced in May.


Additional Information

 

Recent RCF Grants

 


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