The purpose of the Dogwood Health Trust is to dramatically improve the health and well-being of all people and communities of the 18 counties of Western North Carolina.

The Trust provides support for projects that address one or more of the following strategic priorities:

  • Housing
    The focus is on working to preserve and add to available housing stock. In addition to providing grant funding, the Trust may play the role of bridge funder, loan guarantor, or equity partner.
  • Education
    The focus is on investing across all sectors of education, including early childhood, K-12, and post-secondary. With the significant impact COVID-19 has had on schools, the Trust has centered its early work on helping them face the incredible new challenges they’re experiencing.
  • Economic Opportunity
    The focus is on helping help the region’s economic developers attract and grow local businesses to create a more dynamic economy with jobs that support families in their pursuit of healthy and fulfilling lives. An additional focus is on bolstering the infrastructure for a growing economy through investments in broadband connectivity and workforce development.
  • Health and Wellness
    The focus is on continuing to address COVID-19 until the virus is controlled, but at the same time the Trust is exploring ways to improve health and wellness over the long term, such as by increasing access to care or improving methods of prevention.

The Trust is also interested in projects related to improving broadband access to support education and healthcare bridging rural divides, and addressing racial equity issues specifically.

The Trust understands that many of their interests overlap and welcomes projects that reflect more than one of the strategic priorities.

Examples of funded work includes (but is not limited to) programs, projects, or initiatives that:

  • address disparities between different groups;
  • increase or improve access to resources or services within the strategic priorities;
  • support basic needs, particularly as they relate to increased demand due to COVID-19;
  • amplify the voice and influence of marginalized groups;
  • provide education and skills (at any age) needed for a lifetime of success and fulfillment;
  • build resilience in children and/or adults;
  • address substance use disorder; or,
  • improve how the systems involving the strategic priorities work for broader positive impact in Western North Carolina.

Applying organizations should align with the Trust's overarching commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Types of support include:

  • project support; 
  • capacity building; and,
  • capital grants.

Grants are typically not provided to/for:

  • individuals;
  • for-profit companies;
  • work outside of the 18-county service area;
  • organizations that do not align with the Trust's Purpose, Values and Guiding Principles;
  • clinical services for which there is another payor (with the exception of clinical services delivered by a Federally Qualified Health Center or a free clinic);
  • activities that supplant government sources of funding (e.g. capital to build or rehab government owned buildings, infrastructure/maintenance, public services typically paid for through tax revenue, etc.);
  • 100% of a capital request; or,
  • amounts that exceed 25% of an organization’s overall annual budget for a period of more than two consecutive years.

Application Procedures

Application guidelines are available on the Trust's website. Pre-applications must be submitted online.