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.

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?

  • Now through October 10 — Application deadline
  • Mid-November — Applicants will be notified of their award status
  • Mid-January 2023 — Grantees will receive funds
  • By July 31, 2023 — Projects should be completed*
    • *Written results should be submitted within 15 days of project completion

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.

Safe and Secure Housing for WNC

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Our Healthy Homes Initiative collaborative with Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation a has invested in six regional agencies for the purpose of providing home repair and modification services to local residents.

*Agencies selected to receive Healthy Homes Initiative funding are:

HHI Program Participants

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 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. For some, affordability of repairs and home modifications have been further compromised by supply chain and labor challenges exacerbated by COVID-19.

The Healthy Homes Initiative is targeted to:

  • Owner-occupied homes
  • Homeowners qualify for participation with 60% or below area median income
  • These homeowners may be unable to afford the repairs needed to maintain the safety and health of their home’s occupants
  • These homeowners may require home modifications to ensure they can safely age in their homes or to address physical challenges or disabilities
  • Each participating agency may require different home ownership or income documentation prior to determining eligibility
  • Not all agencies listed above will be accepting new clients; instead, some may be using these grant investment funds to address their existing backlog of needed repairs

Healthy Homes Initiative Income Guidelines

County                        AMI                             60% AMI
Cherokee                 $54,300                         $32,580
Clay                          $49,000                         $29,400
Graham                   $50,200                         $30,210
Jackson                  $61,500                         $36,900
Macon                     $57,500                         $34,500
Swain                      $47,700                         $28,620

For purposes of this HHI grant, Median Family Income as established by HUD (FY2021 MFI) is used as AMI to calculate the 60% AMI limit.  

*NOTE: Click on an agency name above to access their website and to find more information about how to access home repair services.

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.