In the first half of 2024, Dogwood offers two kinds of grant opportunities.
You may pursue either of the above options through our simplified, two-step grant process. We encourage you to start the process early, so that we can spend more time in conversation with you.
Step 1: Submit an Engage with Us form. (November 13 – January 26 for Strategic Priority Grants. Rolling deadline for all others.) Share initial information about your organization and your work and what you’re seeking funding for. If your request appears to align with one or more of our funding focus areas, a member of our Community Investment team will contact you to learn more about your ideas and plans.
Step 2: Submit a full application via invitation. (Mid-February – mid-March for Strategic Priority Grants. Rolling deadline for all others.) If our team finds that your request aligns closely with one or more of our 2024 grantmaking focus areas, your Community Investment team liaison will provide you with a link to a full application.
Click below to apply for funding for Housing, Education, Economic Opportunity or Health & Wellness grants
Click below to apply for funding for Community Equity, Leverage Fund or Policy & Advocacy grants.
View the November 17, 2023, instructional webinar about our grantmaking process.
Support programs and networks that reduce deaths, treat addiction, and prevent first use
Help reduce disparities based on race, location, education and income factors
Invest in integrated heath care with seamless connections to supportive services
Support communities that promote healthy living and resiliency and help mitigate the impact of trauma, isolation and stress on individuals and families, especially those experiencing poverty
Support a well-funded, sustainable, competitive entrepreneur and small business ecosystem throughout the region
Help build a regional economic ecosystem that supports increased creation/retention of jobs and business ownership
Help build a skilled workforce with the knowledge and technical abilities to excel in a wide range of industry employment opportunities that provide a competitive, sustainable wage
Source, analyze and share a comprehensive, county-by-county data set that paints a full picture of work readiness, economic development and entrepreneurial needs and opportunities specific to Western North Carolina
Work in tandem with Economic Opportunity Strategic Priority to invest in career readiness at the community college and university levels
Support K-12 learning experiences with the resources and sustainability to provide an excellent academic and social-emotional education, so that all students graduate ready for college or career
Invest in an improved early childhood education ecosystem with the resources and sustainability to provide developmentally appropriate, affordable and accessible education and care to support ages birth to five, so that all children in WNC enter kindergarten ready to learn
Source, analyze and share a comprehensive set of publicly available data that provides a regularly updated, county-by-county picture of access, workforce and student outcomes in early childhood education and K-12 education specific to Western North Carolina
Loans, guarantees, and other financial tools to leverage funding opportunities
Increase affordable housing for lowest-income individuals and families
Support age-appropriate resources in affordable and workforce units, rental and owned
Invest in housing with sustainable supports for physical and mental health and wellbeing
Support healthy and safe revitalizations that work against displacement and gentrification, preserve home ownership and create generational wealth.