Western North Carolinians have a proven track-record of working together to improve the health of people in the region. Building on this strong history, we have an opportunity to listen, learn and dialogue about innovative ideas and creative and tested strategies to further enhance the health and well-being of the people in WNC by focusing on programs, initiatives and infrastructure that address all factors influencing health (often referred to as the social determinants of health).
We are always interested in learning more about what organizations in our region are doing and planning to help address issues that face our communities. This pre-application offers a place to share ideas and plans, and initiate the process of working with the Dogwood Health Trust Impact Team.
Please review the information on this page, then use the link below to complete the pre-application, which will open a conversation with our Impact staff for funding consideration.
ARPA Advantage RFP
Dogwood Health Trust is requesting proposals from counties, municipalities, and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians located in our 18-county service region in Western North Carolina, including the Qualla Boundary, who would like to leverage the American Rescue Plan Act funds that they are investing in affordable housing.
We are interested in projects that address one or more of our four strategic priorities: Housing, Education, Economic Opportunity and Health & Wellness, and that align with our overarching commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We also are interested in projects related to improving broadband access to support education and healthcare bridging rural divides, and addressing racial equity issues specifically. We understand that many of our interest areas will overlap or intertwine, and we welcome projects that reflect more than one of our strategic priorities.
Examples of the kinds of work we might fund include (but are not limited to) programs, projects or initiatives that:
We will also entertain the following types of requests:
As we learn more about the potential partners in our region and the needs they are working to address, we will add more specific information for each strategic priority and update the pre-application process.
In general, we will only make grants to 501(c)(3) organizations or government entities. All grant funds must be used to serve our 18-county region.
While our focus at the moment is on grants of $100,000 or more, we recognize that not every organization will be ready to engage with us at that level, so we will consider requests of any amount. We seek to support organizations that elevate uncommon leadership and voices that may have been overlooked or discounted in the past. We also encourage smaller organizations to explore opportunities for partnership with other nonprofits or government agencies to help elevate their work for broader or deeper impact.
As a private foundation, we are limited in some aspects of funding. Generally, we do not fund:
Our goal is to learn more about any potential applicant before requiring a detailed grant proposal. The following process is continually open to any potential partner. We are currently accepting pre-applications on a rolling basis with no deadline. However, we encourage organizations to submit a pre-application when there is an idea in which they want to engage the Dogwood team. Funds may be limited in each strategic priority area, so we encourage you to submit as soon as you are ready.
You may download a Word version of the pre-application to review/prepare your answers, but we ask that you submit them via the pre-application portal. If you have issues using the portal, please contact us at [email protected] or call our technical assistance line at
You will receive notification that your request was received and the name of the Dogwood Impact Team member assigned to your pre-application.
Your Impact Team member will follow up with you within 10 business days with any questions, let you know if you should proceed with a full application and guide you through the process.