Community-Based Grants Initiative

Northwest Prosperity Zone

Current Active Zone: Northwestern Prosperity Zone

The application process for the Golden LEAF Foundation’s Community-Based Grants Initiative (CBGI) is now open in the Northwestern Regional Prosperity Zone.  (Prosperity Zones are state regions established by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.) Each year, the Foundation invites organizations from counties from a different Prosperity Zone to participate. The process is competitive, but organizations from all counties within the Prosperity Zone will have an opportunity to apply.

The counties in the Northwest Prosperity Zone are Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey counties.

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. Grants 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.)  Grants do not have to be administered or implemented by county government. Grant awards are limited 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.

County managers will have access to the link to the online Letter of Inquiry (LOI) that applicants must submit to begin the application review process and will share that link with the projects they endorse.

If you’d like to familiarize yourself with the application questions, please see the example form linked here. This form is for information only. Applications will only be accepted through the online portal at the link provided by your county manager.

The deadline for county mangers to submit their list of endorsed projects and for those endorsed applicants to submit their Letter of Inquiry (LOI) for the Community-Based Grants Initiative is NOON on October 22, 2020.

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

If you missed the informational webinars on the CBGI process, please see the presentation slides by clicking here.

Northwestern Prosperity Zone counties: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey.

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