Sudden and Urgent Needs (SUN)

Rutherford Housing Partnership was awarded $7,200 to repair a leak to its building's main waterline. Photo courtesy of Rutherford Housing Partnership.

The Community Foundation offers SUN grants of up to $10,000 to assist human service nonprofit organizations experiencing an unforeseen crisis that diminishes their ability to provide critical services.

Deadlines and Dates

Applications are received and considered on a rolling basis until funds allocated to the annual SUN program have been fully expended.


To be eligible to apply, human service organizations must:

  • primarily serve economically-disadvantaged people
  • be financially sustainable
  • be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • be located in one of these WNC counties: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey

Organizations generally are not eligible to receive more than one SUN grant during CFWNC’s fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

What We Do Not Fund

SUN grants generally do not support: budget deficits or debt retirement; losses of, or delays in, government funding; fundraising activities; sectarian religious purposes; partisan political purposes; public agencies; individuals; 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 Letter of Intent

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

3. Review Process

Organizations will be contacted within 3 business days if they are invited to submit a full application in the online system. A funding decision will be made within 2 weeks.

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.

For additional information, download Recent Grants.

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