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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

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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 are teaming up to offer grants of up to $2,500 to help small business owners get on the road to recovery.

Does my small business qualify for Advantage Andrews funding?

  • Advantage Andrews awards will focus on businesses with fewer than 50 employees.
  • Advantage Andrews awards are intended to help COVID-19 recovery or “pivot” plans:
    • A pivot may include adding enhanced service or commerce opportunities for the business, such as modifying physical space, improving an e-commerce site for online sales, or expanding capacity for delivering goods and services.
    • Expenditures may include furniture for expanded outdoor dining, materials for construction of takeout windows, accessibility compliance for additional outdoor seating, fixtures required for compliance with public health issues, and building of e-commerce platforms, as well as other equipment or tools needed for creative adaptation and pivoting of businesses. 
  • Awards may be used to reimburse businesses for COVID-related expenses already incurred with appropriate documentation.
  • Awards may support beautification projects, but COVID-recovery projects will be prioritized.
  • Payroll, rent, and utilities are excluded.

How will awards be determined?

  • Awards will range from $500 to $2,500 to an individual small business.
  • Awards will be made through a fair, competitive process with final decisions made by Town of Andrews representatives.

When can I apply?

  • Create your online application account any time HERE
  • October 4 – November 5, 2021: Applications will be accepted
  • By December 8, 2021: Applicants will be notified of their award status
  • By January 10, 2022: Awarded applicants will receive funds

Healthy Homes Intiative

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Safe and secure housing is essential to health and well-being.

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 the 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.

HHI is targeted to owner-occupied homes of individuals at or below 60% of the area median income. Many of these homeowners are unable to afford the repairs needed to maintain the safety and health of their home’s occupants. Others require home modifications to ensure they can safely age in their homes or to address physical challenges or disabilities. Affordability of repairs and home modifications have been further compromised by supply chain and labor challenges exacerbated by COVID-19.

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 15% of your monetary request may be applied to administrative expenses.

Special Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be an established 501(c)3 or 509(a) (1,2 or 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 the Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation’s and 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.
  • Organizations with demonstrated success in the past identifying and implementing critical home repairs and rehabilitation projects.
  • Awards will be made to organizations, not individuals.
  • Healthy Homes Initiative projects funded via this collaborative are expected to be completed by July 2022.

*Key Application Dates

  • September 15 – HHI Grant Cycle Opens
  • October 15 – Deadline for HHI Grant Submission
  • By November 8 – Applicants will be notified of their award or denial status
  • HHI Grant Cycle is proposed to run from December 2021 – July 2022

*Dates are subject to revision; as the applicant, you are responsible for remaining up to date on application submission deadlines.

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 this year’s grant cycle is now closed. Applicants will be notified of their status in early December.

NIMble 2022

Our Needs Immediately Met, or NIMble, grant is anticpated to open in March and will be capped at $10,000. These funds are meant 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.

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.