Community-Based Grants Initiative

Northwest Prosperity Zone

Community-Based Grants Initiative: Northwest Prosperity Zone
Please note: The Letter of Inquiry application process for the Community Based Grants Initiative in the Northwest Prosperity Zone will be live in Fall 2020. Coaching sessions are being offered to support the initiative through the NC Rural Center. Click here for more information on coaching sessions.

The Community-Based Grants Initiative (CBGI) is now active in the Northwest Prosperity Zone. The counties in the Northwest Prosperity Zone are Alexander County, Alleghany County, Ashe County, Avery County, Burke County, Caldwell County, Catawba County, McDowell County, Mitchell County, Watauga County, Wilkes County, and Yancey County.

The Initiative is designed to identify those projects that are ready for implementation and have the potential to have a significant beneficial effect. It is a focused process that culminates with grants targeted toward investments in the building blocks of economic growth. Grants are limited to projects that address Economic Investment and Job Creation, Workforce Preparedness and Education, Agriculture and Community Vitality. Grant awards will be typically limited to 1-3 projects per county and total no more than $1.5 million per county. (A match toward the project from the applicant or other funders 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 select a slate of projects that the applicants will submit to Golden LEAF 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.

From the slate of Community-Based Grants Initiative Letters of Inquiry submitted to Golden LEAF from organizations in North Carolina’s Northwest Prosperity Zone, the Golden LEAF Board will invite select applicants to submit a full application. Although an invitation to submit a full proposal indicates interest in learning more about a project, it does not indicate that funds will necessarily be awarded.

For more information on the Initiative, contact Ted Lord (, Terri Bryant Adou-Dy ( or Marilyn Chism ( by email or by phone at 888-684-8404.

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