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Application Guidelines


Non Profit Organizations that offer:

  • Environmental education and/or preservation programs and projects.

  • 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 Material Expenses (Requests up to $100,000)

  • Program Supplies or Equipment (Requests up to $50,000)

A detailed description of each funding area is available on the application.

What We Will Not Fund:

  • loans or loan payoffs

  • general operating expenses including but not limited to:

    • pay/salaries/stipends/scholarships

    • travel-related expenses

    • food

  • renovation to rented/leased spaces

  • labor or administrative costs

  • political lobbying/campaigns

  • deficit financing

  • website, advertising, memberships

  • consumables or one-time-usage items (i.e. clothing, marketing items, etc.)

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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2024 Application is Closed. 
2025 Application will open Oct. 1, 2024.

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