Grantmaking

Through our grants programs, we strive to partner with local organizations that have recognized a need, developed an innovative project designed to address that need at its roots, and are prepared to see their project through to its conclusion. The projects we are most excited to get behind are those designed to significantly move the needle on issues that impact health and well-being for all those living, learning, working and playing in our region. If you and your organization have something like that in mind, we look forward to hearing more about it.

Which Grant Is Right For Your Proposal?

This year marks our third request for proposals for both our Needs Immediately Met (NIMble) and Collaborative Health Innovation Program (CHIP) grant cycles. It also marks the first significant revisions in how both will operate. Your responses to the questions IN GREEN below should help you decide which of our two grant paths is best for your organization’s proposal to improve health and wellness outcomes for those facing disparities or inequities. Once you have chosen your path, use the link below to access our grant portal. There you will find additional information about NIMble and CHIP, both of which will open on Monday, April 4.

First-time visitors to our grant management portal will need to register as new users. User accounts should not be shared within agencies.

Safe and Secure Housing for WNC

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Our 2021 Healthy Homes Initiative collaborative with Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation a has invested in six regional agencies for the purpose of providing home repair and modification services to local residents.

*Agencies selected to receive Healthy Homes Initiative funding are:

HHI Program Participants

The Healthy Homes Initiative is a regional collaboration of Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation and Nantahala Health Foundation through a generous grant of $400,000 from Dogwood Health Trust. Together, we aim to address the most critical needs for home repairs among those who need it most throughout our six-county western region. For some, affordability of repairs and home modifications have been further compromised by supply chain and labor challenges exacerbated by COVID-19.

The Healthy Homes Initiative is targeted to:

  • Owner-occupied homes
  • Homeowners qualify for participation with 60% or below area median income
  • These homeowners may be unable to afford the repairs needed to maintain the safety and health of their home’s occupants
  • These homeowners may require home modifications to ensure they can safely age in their homes or to address physical challenges or disabilities
  • Each participating agency may require different home ownership or income documentation prior to determining eligibility
  • Not all agencies listed above will be accepting new clients; instead, some may be using these grant investment funds to address their existing backlog of needed repairs

Healthy Homes Initiative Income Guidelines

County                        AMI                             60% AMI
Cherokee                 $54,300                         $32,580
Clay                          $49,000                         $29,400
Graham                   $50,200                         $30,210
Jackson                  $61,500                         $36,900
Macon                     $57,500                         $34,500
Swain                      $47,700                         $28,620

Source: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il/il2021/select_Geography.odn
For purposes of this HHI grant, Median Family Income as established by HUD (FY2021 MFI) is used as AMI to calculate the 60% AMI limit.  

*NOTE: Click on an agency name above to access their website and to find more information about how to access home repair services.

Funding Needs and Priorities Updates

After hearing from nonprofit, faith-based, and governmental leaders throughout the region, together with information gathered during four previous grant-making cycles and the growing body of scientific evidence in support of social determinants of health’s impact on wellness, our Board of Directors announced a comprehensive update to our grant-making funding priorities. Potential grantees are encouraged to review our Funding Needs and Priorities to ensure the projects you have in mind fit within our funding scope.