From CFWNC's founding, a core value has been to support human service nonprofits with the goal of ensuring that everyone has access to resources and services to meet their basic needs.
Unlike the other three focus areas, People in Need offers a competitive program with grants up to $20,000 for outstanding programs or projects that promise significant help for economically-disadvantaged people in the region. Grants are funded by the Janirve Legacy Fund, co-investment from CFWNC fundholders, discretionary funds, and private foundations that partner with us. In November 2020, CFWNC awarded $1,337,503 through seventy-four grants to nonprofits throughout the region.
Grants are intended to:
- Address a timely community need or opportunity not being addressed by other agencies;
- Replicate or expand a proven program or project;
- Increase cooperation and coordination among program providers;
- Build the internal capacity of an organization to be more self-sufficient or efficient;
- Purchase equipment that provides an immediate and substantial benefit.
Strengthening the Region
Janirve Sudden and Urgent Need Grants
Since 2012, CFWNC has also 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 $693,419 through 96 awards. In 2020, WNC nonprofits received $53,000 through the grant program before remaining funds were reallocated to the Emergency Disaster Response Fund to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Capacity grants help a nonprofit effectively achieve their mission through projects designed to improve communications, volunteer recruitment, development, outcomes, collaboration, and technology. Application is by invitation only.
Proactive Grants Awarded to Support Youth Mental Health and Latinx Communities
In April 2021, CFWNC approved grants totaling $541,300 reaching 17 WNC counties to address needs exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards, made outside of the Foundation’s regular grant cycles, provide funding for basic human needs in Latinx communities and youth mental health services across the region.
$60,000 to Bakersville Community Medical Clinic to provide school-based mental health services to students in Yancey County Schools.
$20,000 to Black Mountain Counseling Center to provide a comprehensive program for adolescents and families in Buncombe and McDowell counties addressing stress management and mental health and wellness.
$82,800 to Blue Ridge Community Health Services for a school-based mental health program offering counseling sessions to students in Henderson and Transylvania counties that have no insurance or are underinsured.
$20,000 to Blue Ridge Organizing Project to purchase food, provide rental assistance, cover basic utility and medical bills, and meet other emergency needs of unemployed or underemployed Latinx people in Buncombe, Yancey, Mitchell, Madison and Henderson counties.
$30,000 to Centro Unido Latino-Americano to meet emergency needs such as food, rent, utilities and medical assistance for low-income Latinx people in McDowell, Rutherford, Burke, Buncombe, Mitchell, Yancey and Avery counties.
$40,000 to Colaborativa La Milpa (formerly Companeros Inmigrantes de las Montanas en Accion) to provide direct cash assistance for basic needs to Latinx immigrants in Buncombe County who do not qualify for federal aid and are experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.
$38,500 to Latino Advocacy Coalition to provide mental health services that include group and individual therapy sessions and referrals for Latinx people in Henderson County.
$100,000 to Meridian Behavioral Health Services to provide mental health treatment to youth by increasing services for its in-home program, assisting families with co-pays and increasing translator services for Spanish-speaking residents in Jackson, Cherokee, Graham, Clay, Haywood, Swain, Transylvania and Macon counties.
$100,000 to Vecinos Farmworker Health Program to support low-income Latinx families with basic needs in Jackson, Swain, Macon, Graham, Clay, Cherokee and Haywood counties.
$50,000 to Western North Carolina Workers Center to provide basic need assistance to Latinx immigrant workers in Burke, Henderson, Macon and Buncombe counties.
Investing in Matched Savings
CFWNC funded a successful pilot project at OnTrack in 2016 and a two-year grant in 2017 that funded expansion into three rural counties. As a result of this sustained investment, OnTrack has a strong process for programming and referrals for SECURE. The main qualifier for participation is income: SECURE is available to people with household incomes between 30% and 80% of Area Median Income (AMI); for example, a family of four qualifies if household income is between $25,750 and $53,100.
The program is available in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and McDowell counties. Since inception, 325 graduates have built an emergency fund, functioning budget and monthly savings habit.
“I want better for me. I want better for my child. I'm willing to work hard for it."
— OnTrack SECURE Client