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Application Guidelines


Organizations that offer:

  • Environmental education and/or preservation.

  • Developmental and educational opportunities for children and teens.

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.

Programming serving one or more of these Western North Carolina 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)

What We Will Not Fund:

  • loans

  • general operating expenses including but not limited to:

    • salaries/stipends/scholarships

    • travel expenses

    • food

  • rented or leases spaces

  • religious organizations

  • political lobbying/campaigns

  • deficit financing

  • website, advertising, memberships

  • consumables or one-time-usage items


How to Apply

Our application process is online. Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted. 

A Letter of Interest (LOI) is the first step in our online application process.  Once reviewed, applicants will be notified about submitting a full proposal. A full proposal must be submitted by the dates outlined below to be considered for funding.

Use the link below to apply.

Deadlines for Applying



  • First Quarter Meeting deadline is DECEMBER 10.

  • Second Quarter Meeting deadline is APRIL 10.

A full proposal must be submitted in the online system by these dates.  If submitted after these dates, your proposal will not be considered for funding.

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




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Applications for 2023 are closed.
Applications for 2024 open October 1.

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