Community-Based Grants Initiative

Western Prosperity Zone

Each year, the Golden LEAF Foundation invites organizations from counties from a different Prosperity Zone to participate in our Community-Based Grants Initiative (CBGI). The process is competitive, but organizations from all counties within the Prosperity Zone will have an opportunity to apply. 

The counties in the Western Prosperity Zone are Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, and Transylvania.

The CBGI is designed to identify those projects that are ready for implementation and have the potential to have a significant impact. It is a focused process with grants targeted toward investments in the building blocks of economic growth. Funds are limited to projects that address economic development, agriculture, education, workforce development, infrastructure, and capital costs necessary to create health care jobs.

County managers serve a key role in the process. Each county manager will submit a slate of up to four projects for consideration. Applicants can be 501(c)(3) organizations or governmental entities (county and municipal governments, community colleges, etc.)  Funds do not have to be administered or implemented by the county government. Awards are limited to no more than three projects per county and will total no more than $1.5 million per county. Not all proposals will be funded and not all counties are assured to have funded projects.

To kick off the CBGI, Golden LEAF has engaged the NC Rural Center to provide training and coaching for project teams. This available resource will help broaden the region’s leadership base, enhance community and regional collaborations, and develop strategic, innovative projects to transform the economy. For more information, please visit the Rural Center’s website.

CBGI will be active in the Western Prosperity Zone in 2021. Check back at this page for updates regarding information sessions and the application process.

Webinar: Golden LEAF CBGI Western Prosperity Zone Kick Off
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Click here to register for the webinar.

For more information on the Initiative, email or call 252.442.7474.

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