Grants

The Community Foundation makes grants and works with fundholders to support promising projects across Western North Carolina. Grants are made to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and public agencies serving the following 18 counties: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey.

Through a careful review process, the Foundation's staff and board work together to award grants that strengthen the nonprofit sector. In simple terms, CFWNC grants are an investment in the future of our region.

Sources of our Grant Funds

As a community foundation, we serve many constituencies and fund a wide range of initiatives, organizations and projects. From July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, The Community Foundation distributed $18.9 million, money enabling good work in many communities.

We actively manage more than 1,050 funds, each created by an individual, family, corporation or nonprofit. The types of funds and the sources of our grantmaking funds at 6/30/2016 are illustrated in this chart.

Last year, nonprofits received nearly $4 million through the Foundation’s scholarships and competitive grant programs. Grants recommended by our donors from their donor advised funds comprise $15 million of the total amount distributed this fiscal year. Generous community-minded citizens are having a tremendous impact through their partnerships with the Foundation.

Asheville’s Haywood Street Congregation was awarded a $20,000 People in Need Focus Area grant to support a medical respite program, in partnership with Mission Hospital.  The Congregation has been serving homeless people since 2009. Medical respite care is acute and post-acute care for homeless people too ill or frail to recover from illness or injury on the streets, but not sick enough to be hospitalized. It is short-term and recuperative and allows for the continuation of hospital recommendations and recovery in a safe environment. Medical respite care reduces inpatient length of stay and emergency room visits, resulting in significant cost savings for the hospital and community and better care for homeless citizens.

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