Biltmore Lake Charitable Fund

The Biltmore Lake Charitable Fund was created to improve the quality of life in the Enka-Candler community by supporting education, economic development, health care and community development projects. Grants range from $2,500 to $10,000 for nonprofit organizations and public agencies for programmatic needs, capital needs and operating expenses. Projects should benefit the greater Enka-Candler community and not primarily the Biltmore Lake community or its residents.

Requests that exhibit the greatest community benefit, including education, economic development, health care and projects promoting community development, such as the arts and quality of life issues, will be given the highest consideration. The number of people served, significance of work, track record of the applicant and potential for positive outcomes will be considered.

  • If a coordinating or partnering organization will benefit from the grant, the applicant should include a letter of endorsement from that organization.
  • Projects should be completed within one year of the award.

Deadlines and Dates

  • All applicants must submit a completed online application to The Community Foundation by 5 p.m. on April 1. If the deadline date is on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is 5 p.m. the next business day.


  • Tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and governmental entities are eligible to apply for these grants. Organizations must serve the Enka-Candler community. This is the area south of I-40, west of I-26, north of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and east of the Buncombe County boundary.
  • An eligible organization may only submit one application per year.

What We Do Not Fund

Grants generally do not support: scholarships; sectarian religious purposes; partisan political purposes; endowment funds; deficit funding or debt retirement; festivals or one-time events such as exhibits, performances or fundraisers; or activities taking place or expenses incurred before grant decisions are made.

How to Apply

1. Access Community Foundation Staff Assistance

If you would like to discuss your proposal or have questions regarding eligibility, contact Virginia Dollar, Senior Program Officer, by email or at 828-367-9907.

2. Submit a Grant Application

Begin the online application process to submit a grant application. For technical assistance with the online grant system, please contact Diane Crisp, Senior Grants Manager, by email or at 828-367-9904. The online system notifies applicants by email upon receipt of their application.

3. Review Process

Staff screens applications for completeness, clarity, and compliance with eligibility requirements. The Fund’s advisory committee evaluates grant applications, taking into consideration the Fund’s priorities, availability of funds for the stated purposes, applicants’ capabilities, and potential benefits to the community. Funding decisions will be completed, grant awards announced, and funds distributed by the end of May. Use of grant funds may begin on or after June 1.

CFWNC distributes grant payments by electronic funds transfer (EFT). Each grantee must have current banking information on file at CFWNC to receive payment.

Reporting Requirements

Applicants must submit an online end-of-grant report verifying use of grant funds and results. Instructions will be included in the grant award letter sent by email to the head of the awarded organization, and report deadlines can be found in CFWNC’s online grant system. We may also require additional reports or site visits.

Guideline Modifications

The Fund’s advisory committee may modify these guidelines, or make exceptions to them, in consultation with the staff of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

For additional information, download Recent Grants.

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