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We believe the ability to earn an income which can sufficiently support a family is at the foundation of sustaining a healthy life. We believe economic opportunity is a powerful tool to overcome poverty and to improve all social determinants of health. Dogwood Health Trust’s Economic Opportunity portfolio aims to equitably support every Western North Carolinian in their efforts to earn a wage that will allow them to support themselves and their family, regardless of status, gender or ethnicity.

Funding Priorities

Want to know more? Find out more about Economic Opportunity funding opportunities.

Take a minute to read a message from Sarah Thompson, Vice President – Economic Opportunity, to find out what we are focusing on in 2024.

funding opportunity:
Digital Opportunities Initiative

Addressing the digital divide in Western North Carolina, this initiative is designed to make inclusion in the digital world easier and more relevant for individuals and families across the Qualla Boundary and Dogwood’s 18-county service region.

Dogwood is seeking proposals from regional, collaborative nonprofit organizations beginning July 1 through August 9. Organizations interested in learning more are encouraged to attend a webinar on Wednesday, June 26 at 12 p.m. Este será un seminario web bilingüe.

RFP opens: July 1, 2024
RFP closes: August 9, 2024, 5:00 p.m. EST
Informational Webinar: June 26, noon

what we’re learning about economic opportunity

Economic Impacts of the Canton Paper Mill Closure

Opportunities for AgriFood Tech in WNC

WNC Capital Landscape Assessment

how to apply

Want to discuss your ideas? Engage with us to start the process.

meet the economic
opportunity team

Sarah Thompson

Vice President – Economic Opportunity
[email protected]

Cory Blankenship

Officer – Economic Opportunity
[email protected]

Moriah Dean

Associate- Economic Opportunity
[email protected]

partner outcomes

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Eagle Market Streets

Helping BIPOC business owners and workers begin to build assets and create wealth.
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Hinton Rural Life Center

Hinton Rural Life Center created a leadership program that addresses rural-specific issues.
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McDowell Technical Community College

MCTC has developed an innovative curriculum to provide practical skills training in general construction.
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Mountain BizWorks

Mountain BizWorks seeks to build a vibrant and inclusive entrepreneurial culture throughout Western NC.
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Unidxs WNC

Unidxs WNC actively engages and supports the Hispanic and Latino community.
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Western Piedmont Community College

Western Piedmont Community College aid students in their college education journey.
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