Fifty-one non-profits will have the resources necessary to focus on capacity building, the backbone of effective non-profit programs, thanks to grant funding provided by WNC Bridge Foundation’s 2022-2024 IMPACT Grant initiative. Selected organizations will receive grant funding for three years allowing organizations to build internal effectiveness, have general operating support, and strengthen organizational knowledge. Updating technology, increasing fundraising capacity, and investing in staff and programs are other examples of how WNC non-profits plan to utilize IMPACT grant dollars.
At the end of 2024, WNC Bridge Foundation will have invested over $6.7 million in IMPACT Capacity Building Grants to organizations working to improve the health of individuals across Western North Carolina.
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Anchor Baptist Church & Ministries
Provide better quality food and help meet more day-to-day needs for seniors in Henderson and Transylvania Counties.
East End Valley Street Neighborhood Association
Support the hiring of staff for the Dental Assistance Program to coordinate dental assistance services for 50 individuals. Funds will also be used to assist with operating costs.
Meals on Wheels of Asheville & Buncombe County
Provide funding to meet the increasing need of preparing and delivering hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors each weekday and expand meal options to offer fresh, local foods.
Meals on Wheels of Brevard
Pay for the cost of the meals provided to homebound seniors in Transylvania County.
United Community Development of North Carolina
Update technology and branding presence on social media platforms, maintain emailing lists and messages, track program data and chart program effectiveness.
Meals on Wheels of Asheville & Buncombe County
Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement
Purchase a new case management system and transfer all data, update general technology for Community Health Workers to effectively serve remotely in real time, and strengthen web and social media presence.
Asheville Poverty Initiative
Target strategic planning goals of leadership development and building human capacity, securing adequate staffing for the 12 Baskets Cafe program by hiring a companion coordinator and increasing board and staff development while prioritizing racial equity.
AWAKE Children’s Advocacy Center
Strengthen the extended team of multi-disciplinary members who are working child advocacy cases to help them gain the specialized skills needed to fight these cases by incorporating professional development training.
Babies Need Bottoms
Improve operations and efficiency by hiring a consultant to help organization prepare for and lead a strategic planning process.
Beacon of Hope Services
Hire a Fund Development Coordinator to ensure organization has a more diversified funding portfolio moving forward, developing relationships with donors and helping to plan and organize fundraisers. Also upgrade and revitalize branding and purchase donor management software.
Black Mountain Counseling Center
Increase donors, donor retention, and the stewardship and cultivation of existing donors by increasing development staffing, invest in quality fundraising materials and technology, and create a legacy giving program for long-term success.
Burke United Christian Ministries
Expand services through a strategically directed new project called The Matthew 25 Center which focuses on expanding the agencies reach to the homeless population in Burke County.
Community Housing Coalition of Madison County
Provide additional capacity to manage construction projects and the Housing Replacement Program’s overall development.
Develop construction site and erect a permanent and more efficient structure for packing and delivery food to children of Yancey County.
Five Point Center
Continue to focus on building collaborative relationships with agencies, businesses, and residents by purchasing a vehicle to use for meal/food pick-up and deliveries, buy needed supplies and equipment including a generator to protect cold storage, design marketing plan, increase technology aspects and support operating costs.
Provide better opportunities for housing, home repair and community beautification in Rutherford County by creating safe homes and develop homes on vacant land.
Helping Hands Of Haywood
Operating support and client services funding for shelter in Haywood County.
Support programs designed to provide services to and lift up the Latinx Community in Henderson County.
Provide funding for a young organization growing its capacity in several related areas of fundraising, programmatic, and evaluation.
Support increased program capacity to provide child medical evaluations in Haywood County and surrounding areas.
La Esperanza Immigrant Outreach Ministry at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit
Develop the Health and Wellness program for Latine residents in Madison County.
Mountain Child Advocacy Center
Support a new therapy office space to provide increased space to treat more child victims of abuse and their families.
Neighbors In Need
Upgrade technology for more efficient processes.
New Hope of McDowell
Support the outreach efforts to potential clients for crisis assistance program which supports wellness to low-income domestic violence and sexual assault victims in McDowell County.
Only Hope WNC
Provide staff salary to support administrative and case management for youth homeless shelter in Henderson County.
Support a portion of the costs associated with staffing, building maintenance, equipment, and utilities.
Restoration House WNC
Provide funding for staff salaries and operational expenses for shelter in Swain County.
Rolling Start NC
Support the salary of organization’s first employees who will provide administrative and programmatic duties.
Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity
Salary for hiring a qualified construction coordinator who will assist the Construction Manager in leading and working with volunteers and subcontractors on new construction, ordering materials and meeting with town inspectors.
Shiloh Community Association
Provide salary and benefit support for organization’s first full-time staff person who will be responsible for management, fundraising and evaluation.
Sixth Avenue Psychiatric Rehabilitation Partners: DBA: Thrive
Increase capacity with technology upgrades including hardware and software as well as digitalizing client records.
The Community Kitchen
Create additional service and add ability for neighbors to utilize food in Haywood County.
The Community Table
Sustainable funding for operations and food purchases to add fresh food component to food pantry in Jackson County.
The Giving Spoon
Funding to purchase food items to support the needs of Swain County homeless population as well as additional food for clients that live in substandard housing with no means to store or prepare food.
TRACTOR Food and Farms
Support Yancey County community food hub that provides local people and organizations with access to food/agriculture resources and infrastructure not otherwise available.
W4H Asheville: DBA: Working Wheels
Expansion of the Vehicle Purchase Program and the Vehicle Repair Program.
YMI Cultural Center
Hire a Development Director and implement a support system that can coordinate all parts of the fundraising process.
Blue Ridge Literacy Council
Strengthening organization’s holistic, multigenerational focus on literacy in Henderson County. Grant funding will provide salary support for the Program Director position. Funding will also be used to update and/or purchase additional curricula materials for all the programs.
Centro Unido Latino Americano
Programmatic support for youth programs supporting the Latinx community in McDowell County focusing on mental health, healthy lifestyles, and leadership development.
Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County
Develop operations and human resources leadership to help organization meet its mission of empowering children and families to reach their full potential and surrounding students with a community of support.
Communities in Schools of North Carolina
Student Support Specialist works to connect students and families in the Smokey Mountain School community in Jackson County with the resources and relationships they need to thrive. Grant will also offer Jobs for North Carolina’s Graduates programming at Jackson Community School.
Family Place of Transylvania County
Support the hiring of a Director of Development to expand organization’s donor base, fundraising and leadership capacity.
Invest in resources to increase organization’s understanding and application of current technological advances into its everyday practice. Grant will support ½ of a full-time position for an Information Manager. As HIGHTS increases its technology platforms and internal management capabilities, this will increase the number of families served in the seven most western counties of WNC and its ability to invoice funding sources, moving organization towards sustainability.
Horizons at Carolina Day
Support organization’s newly added Development Director role, an essential staff member whose role will grow annually as she helps with the increasing demands of grant writing, reporting, tracking donations, stewarding donors, and planning and executing events. Funding will also provide a structured professional 3-year fundraising plan with consultants who are well-versed in the nonprofit and fundraising environments of Carolina Day and Asheville.
Neighbors in Ministry/Rise & Shine
The Program Coordinator is a new position that will work in conjunction with the Executive Director to manage operations for the Children Defense Fund’s (CDF) Freedom Schools program which is fulltime during the summer and part-time during the school. The CDF Freedom Schools program provides summer and after-school enrichment through a research-based and multicultural program model that supports K-12 scholars and their families in Transylvania County.
Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center
Capacity grant will focus on fundraising efforts allowing the organization to produce quality fundraising events on a larger scale in Haywood County. Grant will provide organization with the opportunity to organize volunteer talents, track volunteers, and expand its reach to the community.
Read To Succeed Asheville/Buncombe
Will cover the costs of essential human resources on the R2S staff to increase its capacity and expand the reach of its community-powered literacy programming to support more children in achieving grade-level reading proficiency in Buncombe County.
The Christine Avery Learning Center
Provide resources to support an organizational audit, address pay inequities among administration and provide living wages to staff in Buncombe County. Additionally, this grant will provide resources to support the building and implementation of a robust 3-year fundraising and marketing plan to aid CWA in its outreach and sustainability endeavors.
The Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County
The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County offers extensive programming to remove educational barriers, improve academic outcomes, and foster a love of learning for its members. Grant funding will cover personnel costs to support programming.
The Literacy and Learning Center
A development officer will provide needed fundraising assistance including writing grants, developing a corporate partners program, assisting with events, and other activities in Macon County.
YTL Training Programs
Support summer, after-school and advocacy programming and related staffing and direct program expenses in Buncombe County.