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Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund


In 2018, Bounty & Soul received $10,000 to provide health and wellness education and resources to youth in Black Mountain/Swannanoa Valley. Photo courtesy of Bounty & Soul.

The Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund (the Fund) seeks to inspire philanthropy and strengthen charitable organizations serving the Swannanoa Valley by making grants relating to health and wellness, education, cultural and natural resources, and people in need.

The Fund’s intent is to support innovative projects and programs in the Swannanoa Valley. Grants of $2,500 to $10,000 are made for charitable purposes, including programmatic needs, equipment and technology, and capital needs.  Generally, requests for continued support for a grant funded in the prior year or for general operating support will be given 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 the award.

Deadlines and Dates


The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on March 1.  If the deadline date is on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is 5 p.m. the next business day.

Eligibility


  • Grants are made to qualified 501(c)(3), governmental, educational, and religious organizations serving Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley (defined as the Owen School District).
  • An eligible organization may only submit one application per year.

What We Do Not Fund


Black Mountain - Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund grants generally do not support: annual giving campaigns; 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. Review Process
Applications are screened for completeness, clarity and compliance with eligibility requirements. We consider the Fund’s priorities, the availability of funds for the stated purposes, the applicants’ capabilities and the potential benefits to the community. Grant proposals are evaluated by the Fund’s Advisory Board. Funding decisions will be completed, grant awards announced, and funds distributed by the end of April. Use of grant funds may begin on or after May 1.

Reporting Requirements 
An online end-of-grant report verifying use of grant funds and results will be required. Instructions will be included in the grant award letter. Additional reports or site visits may also be required. 

Guideline Modifications 
The Fund’s Advisory Board may modify these guidelines, or make exceptions to them, in consultation with the staff of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.


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