Grantmaking

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Provider Partners

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.

Advantage Andrews Award Announcement Coming Soon

Advantage Andrews Check Presentation

Duke Energy District Manager Lisa Leatherman (left) presents Nantahala Health Foundation Executive Director Lori Bailey (right) with $25,000 for distribution to small businesses in Andrews as part of Duke’s Hometown Revitalization Program. Also pictured are, from left, Tom O’Brien, Andrews businessman; Tim Radford of WKRK Murphy Radio; Lisa Duff, Associate Director of Nantahala Health Foundation; Lance Bristol, Andrews High School Principal; and Andrews Mayor James Reid. O’Brien, Radford, Bristol, and Reid will serve on the application review committee along with other town representatives. Read the full announcement HERE. ~ Photo by Penny Ray / Cherokee Scout

As the Covid pandemic continues to challenge small businesses, a little relief can go a long way. That’s why Nantahala Health Foundation and Duke Energy Foundation have teamed up to offer grants of up to $2,500 to help small business owners in Andrews get back on the road to recovery.

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Safe and Secure Housing is Essential to Health and Well-being

The Healthy Homes Initiative collaborative of Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation and Nantahala Health Foundation 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.

2021 Collaborative Health Innovation Project

Our Collaborative Health Innovation Project, or CHIP grant, was capped at $50,000 per request and required two or more organizations to work together to meet a regional need.

The application window for the 2021 grant cycle is now closed. This year’s applicants will be notified of their status in December.

NIMble 2022

Decision related to our Needs Immediately Met, or NIMble, grant for 2022 will be announced in the spring.

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.