Our Board of Directors plans to announce information about upcoming grant opportunities early in 2021. Please check back to learn more and review our list of funding priorities, all of which are intended to address social determinants of health, below.

Our Priorities

After receiving community input through meetings, surveys, and interviews to inform our priorities and decision making, the following priorities were established:


  • Career Technical Education:  Specifically, innovative projects that prepare individuals for the workforce, particularly by teaching job-readiness and retention skills other than technical skills for all ages.
  • Early Childhood Education initiatives:
    • Assisting expansion of the availability of childcare facilities
    • Increasing childcare affordability (such as scholarships for low-income families on the waiting list for voucher support)
    • Increasing the availability of summer camps and after school programs


  • Increasing access to health care, behavioral health services, medication assistance, and dental care.


  • Alleviating poverty
  • Ending food insecurity for older adults
  • Providing or increasing emergency housing shelters


  • Increasing the provision of home repair or rehabilitation for people in need
  • Providing access to mold remediation services


  • Transportation. Transportation has been identified as a primary need in our region, one which impacts all social determinants of health. We seek to fund initiatives with either unique solutions and/or current efforts to provide transportation, especially those with collaborative efforts among human service or medical providers.
  • COVID-19 Impact and Recovery.  For organizations working in the priority areas listed above, we know that the COVID-19 pandemic has created additional challenges to fulfilling their mission.  Nantahala Health Foundation has set aside a portion of our grantmaking for 2020 and 2021 to specifically address the impact and recovery efforts in our region.


2020 NIMble Recipients

In October 2020, we awarded 31 NIMble grants for a total regional investment of nearly $273,000. The primary goal of our NIMble grant program is to ensure our quick response to meet our partners’ most crucial needs and to partner with agencies to address the root causes of health inequalities in our region.

2020 CHIP Recipients

In December 2020, we announce our intent to award  11 Collaborative Health Innovation Program grants. Please check HERE for more information.

2019 Grant Recipients

In December 2019, we awarded 28 grants for a total regional investment of nearly $1.5 million. Going forward we will continue to explore the work of local organizations to identify innovative partnership opportunities to address the root causes of health inequalities in our region.