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People in Need (PIN) Grants

Grants to Western North Carolina Nonprofits and Agencies
to Benefit Economically Disadvantaged Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC)

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Western North Carolina nonprofit organizations and government agencies for projects that benefit economically-disadvantaged communities. An LOI is required prior to submitting a full application. Applications are invited for outstanding programs that will significantly impact individuals in the mountain communities in the following counties: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey.

People in Need grants are intended to:
- 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169078

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin after December 1, and should be completed within one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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;
- Did not receive a People in Need grant during the most recent People in Need grant cycle.

Not Funded:
- 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 schools and clubs 
- Festivals or one-time events such as exhibits, performances or fundraisers 
- Scholarships 
- 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 

Pre-Application Information:

- Letters of Intent are due by 5 p.m. on August 6. 
- Organizations will be contacted in mid-August if they are selected to submit a full application. 
- Applications are due on September 6 for funding decisions in mid-November.

Organizations may submit only one funding proposal per grant cycle.

Online Grant Application Process:

Foundant has created a five-minute tutorial for applicants that may be viewed here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register to submit a Letter of Intent online:

If you would like to discuss your proposal or have questions regarding eligibility, you are welcome to contact:
Virginia Dollar, Senior Program Officer

For technical assistance with the online grant system, contact:
Diane Crisp, Grants Manager

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 300
Asheville, NC 28803

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey Counties