The Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund (the Fund) seeks to inspire philanthropy and strengthen charitable organizations serving the Swannanoa Valley by making grants relating to health and wellness, education, cultural and natural resources, and people in need.
The Fund’s intent is to support innovative projects and programs in the Swannanoa Valley. Grants of $2,500 to $10,000 are made for charitable purposes, including programmatic needs, equipment and technology, and capital needs. At its discretion, the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund Advisory Board may also consider grant requests for greater or lesser amounts. Generally, requests for continued support for a grant funded in the prior year or for general operating support will be given a lower priority.
- If an organization other than the applicant will benefit from the grant, then the applicant should include a letter of endorsement from that organization.
- Projects should be completed within one year of the award.
Deadlines and Dates
The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on March 1. If the deadline date is on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is 5 p.m. the next business day.
- Grants are made to qualified 501(c)(3), governmental, educational, and religious organizations serving Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley (defined as the Owen School District).
- An eligible organization may only submit one application per year.
What We Do Not Fund
Grants generally do not support: annual giving campaigns, endowment funds, debt repayment, sectarian religious purposes, partisan political purposes, private primary and secondary schools (except for projects or programs that are not directed toward the school's students or staff and that directly address community needs) and private clubs, 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, you are welcome to contact Virginia Dollar, Senior Program Officer, by email or at 828-367-9907.
2. Submit a Grant Application
Access the online application process to submit a grant application. For technical assistance with the online grant system, please contact Diane Crisp, Grants Manager, by email or at 828-367-9904. Applicants will be notified by email upon receipt of their application.
3. Review Process
Applications are screened for completeness, clarity, and compliance with eligibility requirements. Grant proposals are evaluated by the Fund’s Advisory Board, with consideration of 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 April. Use of grant funds may begin on or after May 1.
An online end-of-grant report verifying use of grant funds and results will be required. Instructions will be included in the grant award letter. Additional reports or site visits may also be required.
The Fund’s Advisory Board 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, visit Recent Grants.