Leverage Fund:
Let’s Bring More Funding to WNC

Every year, federal and state agencies distribute billions of dollars to nonprofit organizations and local governments to support or expand their work. Millions more are available from national charitable foundations. But Western North Carolina doesn’t often take advantage of these funds, and most nonprofits in our area may not realize the wealth of opportunity that lies outside our borders. As a result, millions of dollars are left on the table that could be supporting the critical work of organizations right here at home. 

The Leverage Fund gives WNC nonprofits and government agencies a leg up in the application process for federal and state funders and national foundations. Through the Leverage Fund, Dogwood Health Trust underwrites the services of professional, experienced grant writers to help individual organizations or collaboratives pursue funding from national and state sources. The Leverage Fund helps match nonprofits with the right grant writer, and supports other costs associated with preparing a grant application, such as travel stipends or meeting costs. 

We encourage individual nonprofits, government agencies, and collaboratives to work with the Leverage Fund. There is no application process to receive support. Simply contact us and have a conversation. We’ll discuss the funding you wish to apply for, and the best grant writer match for you. Once your grant writer is assigned, DHT will take a step back and let you get to work. Our only expectation is that you’ll let us know if your grant request was successful and how much you received. We also hope you’ll share your stories about the application process and the results of your additional funding with us. Accessing the Leverage Fund is easy:

  1. Identify a funding source you’d like to pursue. Do some exploring to find likely sources.
  2. Talk to us about what you’d like to do. If we agree that your plan fits our mission and is a match for the requirements of the grant you want to pursue, we’ll find a grant writer to work with you.
  3. Work with your grant writer to submit your request to a state or national funder.
  4. Let us know what happens. 


It’s that simple, and the possibilities couldn’t be greater. To learn more, 
simply send us an email at leveragefund@dht.org

Grant Sites to Explore

Almost every federal and state agency, along with most national foundations, posts grant opportunities online. While Dogwood Health Trust does maintain and update a list of some funding opportunities, it is by no means exhaustive. We strongly recommend you conduct an internet search based on your organization’s focus areas and programs. Some potential sites to explore might include: