Grant Opportunities

CFWNC inviting Applications for People in Need Grants 2020 – United States

CFWNC inviting Applications for People in Need Grants 2020 – United States

Deadline: 05-Aug-20

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) is offering People in Need Grants up to $20,000 for outstanding programs or projects that promise significant help for economically-disadvantaged people in mountain communities.

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Grants are funded by the Janirve Legacy Fund, CFWNC fundholders and discretionary funds, and private foundations that partner with them.

People in Need Objectives are to:

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Address a timely community need or opportunity not being addressed by other agencies;
Replicate or expand a proven program or project;
Increase cooperation and coordination among program providers;
Build the internal capacity of an organization to be more self-sufficient or efficient;
Purchase equipment that provides an immediate and substantial benefit.
Projects should be completed within one year of the award.
The Fund does not Fund

general operating expenses (except for costs directly related to the proposed project or program)
capital support for new buildings or major expansions
recreational programs and equipment, including playgrounds
private primary and secondary schools (except for projects or programs that are not directed toward the school’s students or staff and that directly address community needs) and private clubs
festivals or one-time events such as exhibits, performances or fundraisers
activities taking place or expenses incurred before grant decisions are made
sectarian religious purposes
partisan political purposes
endowment, deficit funding or debt retirement
state or national organizations, unless (1) funding is sought for a portion of the program or project that directly benefits WNC, and (2) local people assume leadership of the program or project
Eligibility Criteria

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Organizations are eligible to apply for People in Need grants if they:

have missions or programs focused on serving economically-disadvantaged people;
are financially sustainable;
are tax-exempt as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or governmental entities;
are located in and serving one or more of these WNC counties: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey;
did not receive a People in Need grant during the most recent People in Need grant cycle.
Review Process

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Organizations will be notified in mid-August if they are selected to submit a full application. Full applications are due in early September for funding decisions in mid-November.

Reporting Requirements

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An online end-of-grant report verifying use of grant funds and results will be required. Instructions will be included in the grant award letter. Additional reports or site visits may also be required.

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