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.
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