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.

2021 Collaborative Health Innovation Project

Our Collaborative Health Innovation Project, or CHIP grant, will be capped at $50,000 and will require two or more organizations to work together to meet a regional need.

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“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.”

― Desmond Tutu

Recipients of our Collaborative Health Innovation Project, or CHIP grants, will demonstrate how their innovative problem-solving project will improve health and wellness outcomes for individuals living in  Nantahala Health Foundation’s region. Grant recipients will work inclusively with their communities, make the most of existing resources, and collaborate with at least one other organization as part of their problem-solving and/or response process. CHIP grant awards will be capped at $50,000.

Special Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be an established 501(c)3 in good standing with the IRS; a public agency or governmental unit, including county/state school systems; or Indian Tribal Government.
  • Applicants must provide services within Nantahala Health Foundation’s service area, which includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon, Jackson, and Swain counties in Western North Carolina, as well as the Qualla Boundary.
  • Awards will be made to organizations, not individuals.
  • Innovative, collaborative programs should serve to address at least one of Nantahala Health Foundation’s priority funding areas.

*Key Application Dates

    • 9 a.m. Thursday, July 1, 2021 – Online grant applications open.
    • 3 p.m. Thursday, August 12, 2021 – Deadline for full submissions. Edits to applications are not permitted after submission; therefore, it is strongly recommended that you review your application thoroughly prior to submission.
    • August 12 – December 1 – Applications under review; applicants could expect to receive questions or requests for additional information during this time frame. Please be sure our email is listed as one of your trusted contacts.
    • By December 17, 2021 – Applicants will be notified of their award or denial status.
    • December 22, 2021 – Deadline for successful applicants to formally accept grant and terms based on legally binding guidelines described in our award agreement.
    • January 1, 2022 – Grant project start date.
    *Dates are subject to revision; as the applicant, you are responsible for remaining up to date on application submission deadlines.

Coming Soon

Plans are in the works to host in-person, regional grant presentations in Murphy, Robbinsville, and Sylva. NHF staff will walk you step-by-step through our CHIP grant application and answer your questions. Stay tuned for details as they become available.

Also, we plan to post an application template in Word as soon as possible before the July 1 acceptance window opens. While you are not required to use the template, it may prove useful in the question answering and review process. Use of the template does NOT take the place of completing and submitting the online application.

NIMble 2022

Our Needs Immediately Met, or NIMble grant, is capped annually at $10,000 and is awarded to:

  • support one-time critical purchases;
  • meet immediate needs for stabilization or crisis response;
  • and/or fund innovative opportunities related to addressing the social determinants of health as a way to improve health and wellness outcomes throughout our region.

NIMble’s Anticipated Timeline

  • Applications Accepted: March 2022

Funding Priorities Updated

After hearing from nonprofit and governmental leaders throughout the region, together with information gathered during four previous grant-making cycles and with a growing body of scientific evidence in support of social determinants of health’s impact on wellness, our Board of Directors recently announced a comprehensive update to our grant-making funding priorities.