At Nantahala Health Foundation, we build and maintain partnerships with forward-thinking organizations focused on improving the overall health and well-being of the region.

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Farmer harvesting squash

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United Christian Ministries

To address food insecurity through the purchase of a cargo van to transport nutritional food items from producers/farmers to low-income consumers and food pantry locations in Jackson County.

Grant Impact: With the grant funds, Guiding Sheep Ministries established multiple growing seasons to expand to a 6-month cycle of harvesting produce. They are building a greenhouse and are working with the USDA for a high tunnel to provide additional opportunities for expanded growing seasons. GSM is working with the first class of AG-H.O.P.E. gardeners to expand food security for the elderly in Jackson and Swain Counties.

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To support the costs of medications, preventative supplies, health monitoring devices, and vaccines (2019) and to support the purchase of a patient transportation vehicle and to install COVID-19 protective barriers in the organization’s current fleet of vehicles (2020). Both CHIP awards to date are helping to build a Latinx Community Health Hub in Franklin.

Grant Impact: “We purchased this vehicle in February 2020, before the COVID pandemic hit. Its initial purpose was a farmworker patient transportation vehicle to assist in helping people get to their medical appointments. However, when the pandemic happened, Vecinos was not able to provide patient transportation at the same level. We also began a bilingual COVID Community Health Worker team in June 2020. Since then, this vehicle has served not only the farmworker health team, but has also been the preferred vehicle for COVID outreach. It has been used to provide services to the community ranging from network building to health education to COVID vaccines. The purchase of this vehicle has been elemental in having reliable, safe transportation for our COVID team that is doing critical COVID vaccine equity work in the region.”

Veteran Smiles Foundation

Total Grant Funding: $52,500
Grant Cycle: NIMble 2020, CHIP 2021
Priority Areas: Health and Healthcare

To provide support for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces in need of dental care.

Grant Impact: “Funds received from Nantahala Health foundation were used during the preparation for, day of, and subsequent dental care for the 30 veterans. Each of the veterans had a preparatory exam and x-rays to determine what care would be appropriate. Most veterans also had follow-up procedures, including tooth extractions and fittings for partial or full dentures.”


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Western Carolina Pacesetters


Total Grant Funding: $50,000
Grant Cycle: CHIP 2022
Priority Areas: Health and Healthcare

To address the need for a stabilized restorative justice continuum in the far western counties of North Carolina and help to provide positive role models for the youth of the area by adding a staff member who specializes in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and Mental Health First Aid.

WNC Bridge Foundation

Total Grant Funding: $25,000
Grant Cycle: 2019
Priority Area: Health and Healthcare

Direct support of the Rathbun House, a home away from home in Asheville providing a caring and supportive environment where families and caregivers can stay at no charge for up to 14 days while loved ones receive treatment at area healthcare facilities. Photo from grantee's website.

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