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Dogwood Health Trust announces 2023 grant cycles and priorities

Jan 04, 2023 09:44AM ● By WNC Business

Asheville, N.C. – Dogwood Health Trust has announced a new grantmaking process and schedule for 2023 to better align its strategic priorities with its long-term objectives. Beginning this year, Dogwood will accept grant applications within its four strategic priority areas of Housing, Education, Economic Opportunity and Health & Wellness during two grant cycles. Other areas of funding, including Racial Equity and the Leverage Fund, will continue on a rolling basis. The updated process is outlined on Dogwood’s new, user-friendly grantmaking page found here

For 2023, initial grant applications within the four strategic priority areas of housing, education, economic opportunity, and health & wellness can be submitted from now until Feb. 1, 2023 and again between May 1, 2023 and June 2, 2023. Additionally, grant cycles have specific focus areas within each strategic priority, which are highlighted on Dogwood’s website.

Any organization within the 18 counties of Western North Carolina and the Qualla Boundary whose work aligns with Dogwood’s strategic priorities and focus areas may begin the grantmaking process by completing a simple form titled 'Engage With Us.' This will connect current and potential partners with  a member of the Community Investment team to learn more about Dogwood’s funding opportunities, share an idea, or receive guidance.

Alongside the rollout of this new grantmaking process, Dogwood will be hosting virtual open houses. During the meetings which will be held over Zoom, members of the Community Investment Team will explain specific focus areas, share details about the application process and what to expect in 2023, describe what constitutes a successful application, and answer questions. The meetings are open to current and prospective partners, and the schedule and registration links are as follows:

For questions about funding within Dogwood’s Education Priority, please send an email to [email protected]

“To create a Western North Carolina where every generation can live, learn, earn and thrive – no exceptions, we recognize that Dogwood’s investments must be both responsive and catalytic,” said Dr. Susan Mims, CEO of Dogwood Health Trust. “We designed our new grant cycles to help streamline and clarify the grantmaking process, so that we can more effectively   inspire and fuel the creativity of our partners as they design and implement solutions to our region’s challenges. We will continue to hone this process as we learn more from our partners. In the meantime, we look forward to hearing great ideas from across the region.”


About Dogwood Health Trust

Dogwood Health Trust is a private foundation based in Asheville, North Carolina with the sole purpose of dramatically improving the health and wellbeing of all people and communities of 18 counties and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina. Dogwood Health Trust focuses on innovative and equitable ways to address the many factors that contribute to overall health and wellbeing, with a focus on housing, education, economic opportunity, and health and wellness. Dogwood Health Trust works to create a Western North Carolina where every generation can live, learn, earn and thrive, with dignity and opportunity for all, no exceptions. 

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Source: Dogwood Health Trust