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 wellbeing of the people in WNC. We are proud to partner with community organizations on equitable programs, initiatives and infrastructure that address the influence of housing, education, economic opportunity, and health and wellness on current and future generations.
Let’s Start a Conversation
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.
Our application process starts with a simple conversation, to share ideas and plans, and to initiate the process of working with our Dogwood Health Trust Impact Team.
Please review the information on this page, then use the link below to begin a conversation with our Impact staff for funding consideration.
We are interested in projects that address one or more of the goals and objectives within 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. After an initial conversation with our team, we will accept applications at any time. However, we encourage applicants to speak with members of our Impact Team about processing time when making a request.
How Long Does the Process Take?
The application, approval and payment process can vary depending on the size and complexity of the request. Some grants may require extra steps that your Impact Team member will discuss with you. Examples include:
We advise applicants to plan for a minimum of 60 days for the approval/declination process, and an additional minimum of 60 days for payment. The Impact Team member working with you will advise you on the specific timeline for your request.
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.