Community-Based Grants Initiative

Community-Based Grants Initiative

Each year, the Golden LEAF Foundation invites organizations from counties from a different Prosperity Zone to participate in our $11 million 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 CBGI is designed to identify projects with 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 job creation and economic, agriculture, workforce preparedness, and Community Competitiveness, Capacity, and Vitality.


County managers serve a key role in the process. Each county manager will submit a slate of up to four projects for consideration. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations or governmental entities (county and municipal governments, community colleges, universities, 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 partners with 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.

Community-Based Grants Initiative – Western Prosperity Zone

For more information on the Community-Based Grants Initiative, email or contact Programs staff.

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