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, 2017 to June 30, 2018, The Community Foundation distributed $18.1 million, money enabling good work in many communities.

We actively manage more than 1,100 funds, each created by an individual, family, corporation or nonprofit. The types of funds and the sources of our grantmaking funds at 6/30/2018 are illustrated in this chart.

During the past fiscal year, CFWNC awarded $18.1 million in grants; 76 percent or $13.5 million of the total was directed by our donors.  Generous community-minded citizens are having a tremendous impact through their partnerships with the Foundation.

The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) launched an Arts & Wellness program for area veterans, some of whom are dealing with post-traumatic stress or other issues stemming from their military service.  A collaborative of arts organizations, teaching artists and therapists is offering veterans hands-on workshops to support healing and recovery. 

The Ramble Charitable Fund’s goal is to improve the quality of life in Shiloh and south Buncombe communities.  “When we learned of this opportunity to assist veterans and local artists, we knew it was something we wanted to support,” said Ramble Advisory Board Member Brad Galbraith.  “I am impressed with this collaboration, and we hope that it encourages others to support programs like this.” 

“We depend on The Community Foundation for our grant process but also to help us grow our funds,” continued Galbraith.  “The more that fund grows, the more people we are able to help.”  Watch the video.

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