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Cashiers Community Fund


In 2017, Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic received $10,000 to support the upgrade of its radiology equipment to digital technology. Photo courtesy of Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic.
The Cashiers Community Fund (CCF) seeks to improve the quality of life in the greater Cashiers community by supporting projects that benefit the broad community and its residents. 

CCF provides grants of $2,500 to $10,000 to nonprofit organizations and public agencies for charitable purposes, including programmatic needs, capital campaigns and operating expenses. At its discretion, the Cashiers Community Fund Advisory Board may also consider grant requests for greater or lesser amounts. Projects should be completed within one year of receipt of grant funds. 

Requests that exhibit the greatest community benefit (including requests addressing education; early childhood development; health and wellness; assisting people in need; community or economic development through the arts, culture and natural resources; or the environment) will be given the highest consideration.

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


  • Applicants must submit a complete application using the online grant system by 5 p.m. on the first Friday in July. 
  • Funding decisions will be completed, grant awards announced, and funds distributed by the end of August. 
  • Use of awarded CCF grant funds may begin on or after September 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. 
  • Applicants must be serving the greater Cashiers community.
  • An eligible organization may only submit one application per year.

What We Do Not Fund


CCF 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 Tara Scholtz, Senior Program Officer, by email or at 828-367-9913. 

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. 

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.

 

Additional Information

 

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