Promoting Community Wellness in Western North Carolina

Our region is strong and growing, but there are many community and individual needs that go unmet every day. To help with some of the individual needs that may not fit neatly into the specific work done by a non-profit, WNC Bridge Foundation established several special programs that provide special assistance directly to individuals in our areas of focus. These programs include:

Community Outreach Grants

WNC Bridge Foundation has revised our Community Outreach Grant process to help meet the evolving needs of non-profits related to the effects of COVID-19. Sponsorship requests will no longer be funded, and the maximum award amount is $10,000.

Applications will continue to be reviewed on a monthly basis, if the application is received by the 15th of the month. Committee decisions will be emailed to you by the end of each month.

Organizations who have already received a 2020 Community Outreach Grant are not eligible.

Community Outreach Grants – What We Will Fund:

  • An important social service will no longer be provided if funding is not received.
  • An unforeseeable emergency occurs in the community requiring immediate increased capacity for the services the organization provides.

Instructions to Apply for a Community Outreach Grant:

  • Submit a 1-page letter of need explaining how you would use funds, and how your organization has been effected by COVID-19.
  • In your letter please include:
    • Name of Organization
    • Contact Person’s Name and Title
    • Tax ID #
    • Mailing Address of your organization
    • Explanation of how funds would be used
    • Funding amount you are requesting

You’re Special Fund

30 years ago the “You’re Special” Fund was created out of the realization that for financially impoverished individuals, small challenges can present major obstacles in living a full life. For this reason, “You’re Special” is there to help purchase medication, equipment and other essentials to make life easier. It’s not just about a grab bar that makes showering safe for an elderly person or the supply of lifesaving medication that “You’re Special” provides for a low-income stroke survivor. The real gifts that “You’re Special” offers to our neighbors in need are hope and support.

The “You’re Special” Fund provides support to the young and old in WNC and can assist in crisis situations to help low-income patients pay for necessary items that are not covered by insurance, such as hip kits, grab bars, glucose test strips, medications and tub transfer benches. The “You’re Special” Fund is used only to pay for expenses that are not covered by any other source.

WNC Greatest Needs Fund

WNC’s Greatest Needs Fund allows WNC Bridge Foundation to be responsive to new, major and critical needs as they arise in the 18 counties of WNC. Unlike funds designated for a specific purpose or program, WNC’s Greatest Needs Fund is broad in its focus, giving us the ability to address a wide range of changing community needs.