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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.

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 – Early December – 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.

CHIP Application Template

Download our CHIP template in Word HERE. Completing this worksheet does not replace the need to complete the online application. The template is designed to help you build your grant content in a Word document within character count guidelines before inputting it into the online application. It can also be useful to build the grant offline for internal review and commenting by team members.

Attend an In-Person Demonstration

Three in-person grant presentations and live demonstrations are scheduled for organizational leaders considering applying for a 2021 CHIP grant. Nantahala Health Foundation staff will be on hand to walk you through the application process and answer your questions. Each presentation will cover the same information, so participants are invited to choose the most convenient session:

Jackson County
2 – 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 13
Burrell Building, Southwestern Community College
447 College Drive, Sylva
Cherokee County
10 a.m. – Noon Wednesday, July 14
Crisp Building, Tri-County Community College
21 Campus Circle, Murphy
Graham County
2 – 4 p.m. Thursday, July 15
Media Center, Robbinsville High School
301 Sweetwater Road, Robbinsville
Registration is required. Additional meeting details will be sent with your registration confirmation closer to the event.

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.