In our first year of grantmaking to WNC non-profits, WNC Bridge Foundation is working with organizations with whom we’ve had long-standing relationships as well as non-profits who are in communities we want to impact. The inaugural invitation-only grant cycle in 2019 will fund organizations who work in elder care, emergency wellness and youth development. WNC Bridge Foundation’s Grants Committee is currently reviewing the 47 applications that we received and will make our final 2019 grant decisions in October. Our plans are to further develop our focus areas and strategically consider how two, open and competitive grant cycles in 2020 can provide opportunities to WNC non-profits who meet our grant guidelines.
2019 Impact Grants Areas of Focus:
WNC Bridge Foundation will initially focus on elder care and addressing the needs of the aging population in WNC, by diligently identifying the greatest determinants of health for the elders in our community, including: access to food; safe housing; utilities; transportation to and from medical care; and adult day programs.
Emergency wellness is another one of our initial focuses to help remove the barriers that prevent the people of WNC from reaching their potential. Through collaboration with local non-profits, we are providing funding for necessary assistance, including: safe housing, utilities, healthy food, reliable transportation, medical care, clothing and medical equipment
Our initial focus on youth development will be to identify ways we can best provide the support needed to remove barriers that prevent youth from reaching their full potential and establish a more successful future for them. Our areas of support will include: literacy, mentoring, tutoring, and special programs for disadvantaged students. By being a catalyst for change in the lives of the youth, we will be making a difference today and investing in a better tomorrow for all of WNC