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Health Trust Launching Fund To Aid Nonprofits, Others Apply For Grants


Last updated 11/6/2019 at 4:35pm

The Dogwood Health Trust is launching a leverage fund to help Western North Carolina nonprofits, government agencies or collaborations apply for and receive state or national funding from outside the region to support the work of improving health and wellness within the region.

Through the leverage fund, Dogwood Health Trust underwrites the services of professional, experienced grant writers to help individual organizations or collaboratives pursue funding from public and private sources at national and state levels. The leverage fund helps match nonprofits with the right grant writer and supports other costs associated with preparing a grant application, such as travel stipends or meeting costs, according to a press release.

The leverage fund supports efforts to apply for $100,000 or more that will ultimately improve health outcomes for residents, the release said.

“There are billions of dollars available from federal and state funds, as well as from large national foundations,” said Antony Chiang, chief executive officer of the Dogwood Health Trust. “However, Western North Carolina has often been overlooked or underrepresented when it comes to attracting those funds to our region. We believe Western North Carolina is home to a host of creative, innovative problem-solvers whose daily demands make it difficult to pay attention to national funding opportunities.

“Further, securing national grants can be a complex and cumbersome process.

“The leverage fund will provide organizations and collaborations in our region with the capacity and technical assistance to overcome those barriers.”

To provide more information on the leverage fund, the Dogwood Health Trust will be cosponsoring informational community meetings, including one at the Transylvania County Library at 10 a.m. on Friday, across the region and hosting a webinar on Nov. 20.

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The Dogwood Health Trust is a North Carolina nonprofit corporation with the sole purpose of dramatically improving the health and well-being of all people and communities of Western North Carolina, the release said. The Dogwood Health Trust became operational upon the sale of Mission Health’s assets to HCA Healthcare and is the recipient of the net proceeds of the sale.

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