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Dogwood Health Trust Awards More Than $2.8 Million in Racial Equity Community Grants to 130 Organizations in Western North Carolina

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Grants awarded far exceed the original goal of a $1 million allocation

Asheville, N.C. – Dogwood Health Trust has awarded more than $2.8 million in Racial Equity Community Grants to a diverse range of 130 nonprofit and government agencies from every county and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina. Dogwood exceeded its original funding goal of $1 million, funding 65% of requests, with the average award amount totaling $21,884. 

First announced in September, Racial Equity Community Grants were designed as an initial step from Dogwood to infuse capital into historically underfunded organizations whose primary purpose is serving Black, indigenous and communities of color, and whose leadership is representative of the communities they serve.  “One of our goals for the Racial Equity Community Grants was to recognize and support the great work and leadership already taking place in our region,” said Jackie Simms, Dogwood Health Trust board member and chair of the Programs and Grants Committee. “We’re thrilled that we’ve been able to go beyond our original $1 million allocation in order to support and shine a light on such a strong group of organizations and their efforts to create a more equitable system.” 

Racial Equity Community grants awarded will fund immediate needs, program support, general operating support, or purposes that the recipient organizations believe will best support their work and increase their impact. Grants awarded were in alignment with Dogwood’s work to improve health and wellness and address the social determinants of health in the region. To see a full list of award recipients, visit Health Trust is a North Carolina nonprofit corporation with the sole purpose of
dramatically improving the health and well-being of all people and communities of Western North Carolina. Dogwood Health Trust was created from the net proceeds of the sale of Mission Hospital and focuses on innovative ways to address the many factors that contribute to overall health and wellness. To learn more, please visit

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