Since 2012, CFWNC has offered Janirve SUN grants of up to $10,000 to assist human service organizations experiencing an unforeseen crisis that impedes their ability to continue their work. With a relatively small amount of funding, SUN grants help organizations address one-time, unbudgeted and time-sensitive emergencies that will enhance or preserve the ability of the organizations to meet their missions. Small but crucial, SUN grants have provided emergency funding totaling $963,227 through 129 awards.
In 2021, in addition to emergency grants, CFWNC is partnering with Dogwood Health Trust (DHT) to support vaccine efforts by nonprofits throughout the 18 counties of Western North Carolina including the Qualla Boundary. A recent grant funded vaccine outreach and a clinic at the GRINDfest Juneteenth celebration bolstering public health efforts and positive community change through celebration, education and support for Black-owned businesses. Western Carolina Medical Society received a grant to fund Spanish language interpreters to staff mobile clinic events in Buncombe, Henderson and McDowell counties. The Hola Asheville festival offered free COVID testing and vaccines through the collaborative efforts of Hola Carolina, Mountain Area Health Education Center and Vecinos, an effort reaching the Latinx community and supporting participating businesses. Read more about support for vaccine efforts.