Grant Application Guidelines


Programs that offer:

  • Environmental education and/or preservation
  • Developmental and educational opportunities for children and youth

Tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Organizations located in or serving one or more of these WNC counties:

  • Avery
  • Buncombe
  • Burke
  • Caldwell
  • Cherokee
  • Clay
  • Graham
  • Haywood
  • Henderson
  • Jackson
  • Macon
  • Madison
  • McDowell
  • Mitchell
  • Polk
  • Swain
  • Transylvania
  • Watauga
  • Yancey


What We Will Fund:

  • Capital Campaigns (Requests up to $200,000)
  • Construction and Renovation Expenses (Requests up to $100,000)
  • Program Supplies or Equipment (Requests up to $50,000)

Only projects in the Western North Carolina region of the United States are considered. Charlotte and the surrounding counties are not considered Western North Carolina.


What We Will Not Fund:

  • loans
  • publicly funded education (except charter schools)
  • general operating expenses including:
    stipends, salaries, travel, room and board
  • rent or lease
  • individuals
  • religious organizations
  • political lobbying/campaigns
  • deficit financing

The organization must be a charitable non-profit organization that is recognized by the IRS as a 501 ( c ) 3 public charity. A copy of the IRS determination letter is a requirement.


Deadlines and How to Apply

A Letter of Interest (LOI) is the first step in our application process. All grant applications must be submitted through our online grant application process below. Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Deadlines for Applying

Please note: a full proposal must be submitted by the following dates to be reviewed at the quarterly meeting.

  • January Meeting deadline is DECEMBER 15
  • May Meeting deadline is APRIL 15

Once our funding level has been reached, the grant application process will close for that funding year.


Apply Now

Our 2022 Grant Application will be available October 1, 2021.