The Nantahala Health Foundation works with local organizations in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary and explores cutting-edge programming to both build capacity and address the six areas that measure community health: education, economic stability, healthcare, neighborhood and built environment, and social and community context.  

Our Board of Directors is addressing two priorities in its inaugural year: First, we seek to understand and identify the challenges that create disparities within our community. Second, we strive to create a stronger network of existing nonprofits and organizations by investing in their strategies and supporting initiatives that address root causes of health inequalities. 

The Nantahala Health Foundation looks forward to collaborating with community change agents in innovative organizations with ingenious programming to improve health for all people in our community. We welcome your applications for projects achieving outcomes for residents in our geographic counties of service in the following areas:


  • 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 availability of childcare facilities,
    • increasing childcare affordability (such as scholarships for low-income families on the waiting list for voucher support), and,
    • increasing the availability of summer camps and after school programs.

Access to Health Care

  • 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

Quality of Housing

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

Special Interest Category:

  • Transportation. This has been identified as a primary need in our region which impacts all of the social determinants of health. We are looking 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.

We are currently unable to fund:  
•               Individuals
•               Political purposes, including lobbying
•               Out-of-area projects or organizations
•               Grants prohibited by IRS regulations 

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Applications will close on September 30th at 5pm