Grantmaking

NIMble Call For Proposals

“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

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 root, 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.

NIMble 2021

Nantahala Health Foundation’s Needs Immediately Met, or NIMble, grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to support one-time critical purchases, immediate needs for stabilization or crisis response, and/or innovative opportunities related to addressing the social determinants of health as a way to improve health and wellness outcomes throughout our region.

Projects seeking funding through this competitive grant process must fit within our defined priority areas (see below).

NIMble’s Anticipated Timeline

  • Applications Accepted: March 1 – 31, 2021
  • Applications Reviewed: April 1 – 30, 2021
  • Applications Approved: May 17, 2021
  • Projects Launched: June 1, 2021
  • Mid-year Progress Report Due: December 15, 2021
  • Final Progress Report Due: June 15, 2022

If you applied for a NHF grant in 2020 on our CommunityForce platform, please use the link above to return to this platform, where you may enter your login and password. If you are new to the platform, please begin your application process by creating a new account. 

Once you’ve entered the grants platform, the 2021 NIMble Grant description will appear in the SEARCH window. Basic information about this opportunity will be enhanced on March 1, when the application officially opens.

CHIP 2021

Please check back in spring for information about our second grant opportunity. The Collaborative Health Innovation Project, or CHIP grant, is anticipated to be capped at $50,000 and will require two or more organizations to work together to meet a regional need.

Funding Priorities Updated For 2021

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.