In our first three years of grantmaking, WNC Bridge Foundation has learned a lot and heard from our IMPACT grant partners across the 18 counties of WNC as to what they need to serve their communities. That’s why, beginning in 2022, WNC Bridge Foundation will initiate a new, and we believe, necessary aspect to our IMPACT grantmaking. We will identify up to 50 organizations that will receive multi-year (annually reviewed) grants of up to $50,000. These capacity grants will help in the following areas:

  • leadership development
  • fundraising capacity
  • evaluation capacity
  • communications
  • technology
  • programmatic support

In January 2022, we will notify organizations identified by WNC Bridge Foundation, the majority of whom we’ve provided grants, to complete a simple application explaining how capacity-building grants will help them. Organizations may meet all or one of these criteria: will provide services throughout WNC, are led by or serve Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), have annual budgets no more than $1.5M, and work in one of WNC Bridge’s three focus groups areas. In addition, the organizations’ mission will address one of the following NCIOM Healthy NC 2030 health indicators:

  • Individuals below 200% FPL
  • Unemployment
  • Short-term suspensions
  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Third-grade reading proficiency
  • Access to exercise opportunities
  • Limited access to healthy food
  • Severe housing problems
  • Teen birth rate
  • Uninsured
  • Primary Care Clinicians
  • Early prenatal care
  • Infant mortality
  • Life expectancy
  • Suicide prevention

WNC Bridge Foundation will make our funding decisions by July 1, 2022. Organizations receiving our IMPACT capacity-building grants will also participate in assessing their organization and be involved in one of several learning communities that WNC Bridge Foundation sponsors.

For those organizations who do not fall into the capacity-building requirements, there will be an opportunity, announced in July, for additional IMPACT grant consideration.

Our Focus Areas:

Elder Care

With a growing number of older adults in WNC, we support local non-profits that address this population’s health, social and physical needs through providing services for medical purposes and social interaction. We prioritize funding non-profit partners that address the social determinants of health for older adults to increase quality of life, wellbeing, and their sense of community.

Elder Care: Portfolio Goals

The organizations we support are working to improve the quality of life for individuals age 60 and over through:

  • Increasing access to essential needs such as food, shelter and utilities.
  • Minimizing barriers to accessing quality healthcare services.
  • Providing opportunities for older adults to be socially active in their communities.
Wellness Support

WNC Bridge invests in programs that respond to the urgent needs of its communities and connect individuals to the care they need to improve overall health outcomes, well-being and quality of life. Through collaboration with local non-profit partners, we provide funding for emergency assistance which allow people to thrive in their daily lives.

Wellness Support: Portfolio Goals

The organizations we support are working to:

  • Provide emergency assistance for safe housing, food, utilities, reliable transportation, medical care and equipment and clothing to improve resilience for individuals and families facing unexpected hardships.
  • Invest in programs that advance an individuals’ opportunity to live fully.
Youth Development

By being a catalyst for change in WNC, we support children and youth initiatives that have a long-term impact on the health of our communities. We fund non-profit organizations working to remove barriers that prevent youth from reaching their full potential. By centering our portfolio on improving outcomes for youth, we will be making a difference today and investing in a better tomorrow for all of WNC.

Youth Development: Portfolio Goals

The organizations we support are working to:

  • Improve literacy for youth ages Pre-K through 8th grade by seeing a measurable increase in reading ability.
  • Improve socio-emotional learning outcomes for youth. Note, we encourage camps that are providing socio-emotional support to apply for our NOW Grant, instead of going through the IMPACT Grant process.
  • Improve academic outcomes for youth by providing additional academic supports and enrichment programs.
If you work with a non-profit and have questions, please email or call 828.274.6159.