Community-Based Grantsmaking Initiative

Current Active Zone: North Central Prosperity Zone

The Community-Based Grantsmaking Initiative (CBGI) is now active in the North Central Regional Prosperity Zone. The Initiative was launched in the summer of 2013 as a continuation of the Foundation’s community-based grantsmaking and as a response to completion of the Community Assistance Initiative. The Foundation will invite counties to apply to participate in the Initiative by region. The Initiative is competitive, but all counties within a designated region will have an opportunity to apply.

The counties in the North Central Zone are Chatham, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, Warren and Wilson.

The Initiative 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. Grants are limited to projects that address economic development, agriculture, education, workforce development, infrastructure, and health care infrastructure. Grant awards will be typically limited to 1-3 projects per county and total no more than $1.5 million per county. A 20% match toward the project helps to make an application more competitive. Not all counties will have funded projects.

Each county manager serves as a key liaison of the process, and will submit a slate of projects for consideration. However, projects do not have to be administered or implemented by county government. All counties in the invited region can submit a slate of projects to be reviewed; however, not all counties will be invited to submit full proposals for this Initiative, and not all submitted projects will be funded.

The Golden LEAF Foundation will be accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for the Community-Based Grantsmaking Initiative from COUNTY MANAGERS in North Carolina’s North Central Prosperity Zone until NOON on October 20, 2017. For more information on the Initiative, contact Mark Sorrells or Dan Gerlach or by calling at 888-684-8404.

North Central Zone Counties: Chatham, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, Warren and Wilson.

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