Community-Based Grants Initiative

Sandhills Prosperity Zone

Community-Based Grants Initiative: Sandhills Prosperity Zone

The Community-Based Grants Initiative (CBGI) is now active in the Sandhills Regional Prosperity Zone. The Foundation will invite counties to apply to participate in the Initiative by Prosperity Zone. The Initiative is competitive, but all counties within a designated Prosperity Zone will have an opportunity to apply.

The counties in the Sandhills Prosperity Zone are Bladen County, Columbus County, Cumberland County, Hoke County, Montgomery County, Moore County, Richmond County, Robeson County, Sampson County and Scotland 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 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 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 Sandhills 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. The Golden LEAF Foundation will accept CBGI-Sandhills full applications submitted through our online application system until NOON on Friday, February 13, 2020. An application is not complete without all attachments outlined on the “Attachments” tab of the online application form.

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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