The Golden LEAF Foundation has launched its Open Grants Program to strengthen North Carolina’s economy, especially in tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities.
Priority Funding Areas
This program is for economic development projects aligned with the Golden LEAF priority areas:
- Job Creation and Economic Investment
- Workforce Preparedness
- Community Competitiveness, Capacity, and Vitality
- Most awards in the Open Grants Program will be for $200,000 or less.
- For projects that possess some of the additional characteristics described below, Golden LEAF may make awards of up to $500,000 from this program.
- Most awards from this program will be $200,000 or less.
To determine which projects will be eligible for consideration for an award of more than $200,000, Golden LEAF requires that the project include one or more of these characteristics:
- Higher level of funding will lead to significant outcomes
- Result of a planning process involving multiple organizations and members of the community
- Building on a history of success that allows a project to scale and significantly increase outcomes
- Funding will enable or encourage compelling collaboration including: uncommon or innovative approaches or organizations in more than one county
- Funding will leverage significant funding from other organizations
- Applicant has limited resources
- The project cannot be implemented in phases without compromising its outcomes
- Governmental entities and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations may apply for grants.
- Funds must be used for charitable, scientific, educational, or tax-exempt public purposes. Golden LEAF does not make awards to individuals or for-profit businesses.
For more information, visit https://www.goldenleaf.org/opengrants/