Grantmaking

Through our grants programs, we strive to partner with local organizations that have recognized a need, developed an innovative plan 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 your organization has something like that in mind, we look forward to hearing more about it.

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        “Our region’s low-income individuals and families with children, our senior population, and those with physical challenges have enough to think about every day without the added burden and expense of home repairs to ensure their health and safety,” said Nantahala Health Foundation Executive Director Lori Bailey. 

        “In partnership with home-repair specialists and with this generous support from Dogwood Health Trust, we can safeguard home ownership and preserve our region’s existing housing stock, both of which are essential components of our mission to improve health and wellbeing for all who call WNC home.”

The Healthy Homes Initiative, a collaborative partnership of Dogwood Health Trust, Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation, and Nantahala Health Foundation, is intended to provide funds for projects that will require less than a year to complete. Our initiative is designed to identify and partner with home repair and rehabilitation service providers in the six far western counties of WNC and on the Qualla Boundary. Our goal is to provide much-needed supplemental funding for urgent home repairs, thus removing a barrier to health and well-being for eligible homeowners. 

How will awards be determined?

Grant recipients will be decided through a competitive process with final decisions made by Nantahala Health Foundation and Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation representatives. No cap has been established per request, though NHF and HCHF are committed to as equitable a distribution of funds as possible across our mutual service area. Additionally, up to 10% of your monetary request may be applied to administrative expenses.

When should I apply?

  • Now through November 14, 2022 — Application deadline

  • Late November 2022 — Applicants will be notified of their award status

  • December 2022 — Grantees will receive funds

  • By October 31, 2023 — Projects should be completed

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

Refresh Dillsboro

Pictured during the Duke Energy Foundation’s $25,000 check presentation to the Town of Dillsboro and Nantahala Health Foundation are, from left, Tiffany Henry, Jackson County Economic Development Director; Julie Spiro Donaldson, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; Keith Clark, Dillsboro Town Planning Member; Lisa Leatherman, Duke Energy Local Government and Community Relations Manager; Debbie Coffey, Dillsboro Town Clerk; David Garrett, Nantahala Health Foundation Board Chair; Lori Bailey, Nantahala Health Foundation Executive Director; Lisa Duff, Nantahala Health Foundation Associate Director; and David Jones, Dillsboro Mayor. 

Duke Energy Foundation understands that small businesses are the heart of our community. That’s why they have teamed up with Nantahala Health Foundation and the Town of Dillsboro to offer grants of up to $2,500 to help small business owners.

Does my business plan qualify for a Refresh Dillsboro grant?

  • Awards will be made to business owners with fewer than 50 employees.
  • Business owners must have a storefront in the downtown Dillsboro area.
    • Nonprofits operating storefronts, like a resale store or café, are eligible to apply.
  • Awards are intended to help small businesses thrive. Appropriate business expenditures will be considered for awards in order of the following priorities:
    • Priority 1 — Storefront beautification projects enhancing the appearance of the business and downtown region. For example, new exterior paint, awnings, signage, or planters.
    • Priority 2 — Furniture for expanded outdoor capacity, such materials for construction of takeout windows, accessibility compliance for additional outdoor seating, and additional fixtures to enhance customer comfort.
    • Priority 3 — Enhanced services or commerce opportunities, such as modifying physical space, technology to support online sales or expanding capacity for delivering goods and services.

Not Eligible: Payroll, incentive pay, rent and utilities.

How will awards be determined?

Grant recipients will be decided through a competitive process with final decisions made by Town of Dillsboro and Jackson County representatives. Awards amounts will range from $500 to $2,500.

When should I apply?

  • Applications have closed

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

NIMble or CHIP -- Which Grant Is Right For Your Proposal?

UPDATE June 1, 2022: While NIMble grant applications continue to be accepted, our CHIP application portal has closed for the remainder of this year.

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 are designed to be individual records and should not be shared within agencies.

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.