Strategic Funding Areas

Thank you for interest in Pisgah Health Foundation’s second grant cycle. The Pisgah Health Foundation has been established in western North Carolina to target and improve the health and wellness of its citizens, by investing in programs designed to improve the quality of life for all residents. We are excited to support programs and initiatives that seek impactful and innovative changes in our communities. Grant criteria are subject to change at the sole discretion of the Pisgah Health Foundation.

In this grant cycle, special consideration will be given to programs and services provided in rural areas of the WNC region C-4: Buncombe, Haywood and Madison Counties.

CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Education is a critical necessity across one’s lifespan predicting employability, the likelihood of incarceration, and much more. We know that the availability of high-quality preschool programs is just as important to families as exceptional public education and plentiful opportunities for higher education.

Recommendations for Funding

  • Funding requests that will increase the long-term operation capacity of k-12 social support organizations
  • Funding requests that will provide for nursing, mental health and career counselors in either nonprofit or education settings
  • Funding requests to increase opportunities for early childhood education and improvement to high school graduation rates
  • Funding requests for programs to educate the community about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)

FOOD INSECURITY

Another critical social determinant of health factor that falls under Economic Stability is food: Is it accessible at all? If it is, do high food prices or a low number of retail food outlets and transportation options make it unattainable?

Recommendations for Funding

  • Funding requests for programs that increase capacity and provide healthy food to food insecure populations
    • Special consideration will be given to organizations seeking to create new food sources in under served and rural areas

HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

Economically unstable community members are more likely to be living in substandard housing and grappling with insufficient interior heating and cooling systems, crowded conditions, and the presence of toxic – and even carcinogenic substances in the home – like mold and asbestos.

Recommendations for Funding

  • Funding requests for programs that address the lack of affordable housing, especially relating to workforce development
  • Funding requests for initiatives that improve quality standards in housing for vulnerable populations
  • Funding requests that seek to pilot affordable housing models
  • Funding requests for programs to educate and bring awareness to homelessness
  • Special consideration for programs offering support to homeless population

HEALTH

ACCESS TO CARE, EDUCATION, MENTAL HEALTH, OBESITY, SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Health and healthcare include diverse influences that shape an individual’s health. Examples of health concerns in our area include obesity (which contributes to multiple chronic conditions), disabled residents, substance abuse, and those struggling with unaddressed mental health problems.

Recommendations for Funding

  • Funding requests for programs focusing on a healthy pregnancy
  • Funding requests for programs to educate and bring awareness to mental health and substance abuse issues within the community
  • Funding requests to create or expand substance abuse and mental health programs to improve mental health and reduces substance misuse
  • Funding requests to create or expand programs to strengthen the mental health of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault

SOCIAL COHESION

Social cohesiveness is simply connectedness to a great many things: friends and family, secure work, healthy lifestyle, education, medical caregivers, and even a sense of individual purpose. The enemies of a healthy, bonded community are dividers: addiction, incarceration, and isolation due to unemployment, illness, and lack of transportation.

Recommendations for Funding

  • Funding requests for outreach to low income and minority children to improve social connectedness to community
    • Special consideration will be given to organizations seeking funding to provide scholarships for low income/minority children to attend summer programs
  • Funding requests that address community connectedness in rural areas through existing successfully proven programs
  • Funding requests for programs focused on cohesion and motivation of groups -in work and play