Please note: Funds allocated to the Ramble Charitable Fund grant program have been temporarily redirected to CFWNC‘S Emergency and Disaster Response Fund and to the One Buncombe Fund to help with addressing needs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.
The Ramble Charitable Fund (RCF) was created to improve the quality of life in designated Buncombe County communities by supporting education, economic development, health care and other projects that promote community development. Grants range from $2,500 to $10,000 for nonprofit organizations and public agencies for programmatic needs, capital campaigns and operating expenses. Projects should benefit the designated Buncombe County communities and not primarily the Ramble community and 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.
- Routine annual requests for operating funds may be considered 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 grant application deadline is April 1 at 5 p.m. 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. An eligible organization may only submit one application per year. Organizations must serve the Shiloh and South Buncombe communities, which is the following area of Buncombe County:
- Northern Boundary: Swannanoa and French Broad River
- Eastern Boundary: Blue Ridge Parkway from I-40 to Sweeten Creek Road, then Sweeten Creek Road to Mills Gap Road to Henderson County Boundary
- Southern Boundary: Henderson County Line from Mills Gap Road to Blue Ridge Parkway
- Western Boundary: I-26 to Blue Ridge Parkway, then Blue Ridge Parkway to Henderson County Line
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, 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. The 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 May. Use of grant funds may begin on or after June 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, download Recent Grants.