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Ramble Charitable Fund

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. RCF provides grants from $2,500 to $7,500 for nonprofit organizations and public agencies for programmatic needs, capital campaigns and operating expenses.

Deadlines and Dates

April 1 with funding decisions announced in May. 

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 designated areas of Buncombe County.

Area Description

  • 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

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 based on the criteria above.
  • If an organization other than the applicant will benefit from the grant, then the applicant should include a letter of endorsement from that organization.

Funding Restrictions

Projects should benefit the designated Buncombe County communities and not primarily the Ramble community and its residents. 

How to Apply

1. Access Community Foundation Staff Assistance

Community Foundation staff is available to assist you as you develop your proposal. Contact Virginia Dollar at 828-367-9907 or by e-mail.

2. Submit a Ramble Charitable Fund Application

The RCF 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.

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, and funding decisions are announced within two months of the application date.


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