The North Carolina Healing Communities Fund provides critical resources for nonprofit organizations in North Carolina that have been impacted severely by COVID‐19 through revenue loss and increased demand.
The Fund’s focus is on marginalized communities that have been disproportionately affected by the virus and its economic impacts and have been underserved by other sources of financial assistance – specifically communities of lower wealth, communities of color, mostly rural communities and where English may not be the primary language.
The Fund provides an opportunity for philanthropy from corporations and other foundations that are interested in contributing to a collection of large donations which will then be distributed by the community foundation in a way that addresses unmet community needs in the flexible manner required in these tumultuous times.
Nonprofits are vital to meeting needs of communities, particularly the most vulnerable ones. The NC Healing Communities Fund supports these nonprofits in continuing to offer the services upon which so many rely for healthy living and well‐being.
Purpose: Grants from the NC Healing Communities Fund are intended for nonprofits that are meeting needs that have emerged, expanded or increased as a result of the virus and/or that are recovering from losses of their own due to the impacts of the virus.
Timing: The NC Healing Communities Fund aims to be available for needs that exist when other assistance has diminished. Therefore, the Fund will distribute grants at a pace that permits funding to remain available for more than one distribution.
Geography: The NC Healing Communities Fund approaches grantmaking through a statewide lens, prioritizing areas that have received less funding and pursuing balance across North Carolina in terms of the allocation of philanthropic dollars.
The North Carolina Community Foundation has a deep history of responding to communities in crisis. Because of our experience in disaster relief and recovery in the aftermath of hurricanes, partners and donors have called upon us to activate philanthropy to address COVID‐19’s impact on our state.
NCCF’s network of 53 affiliate foundations in 60 counties across the state positions the Foundation well to respond to this widespread public health crisis in a way that ensures that the voices of smaller communities are heard in decision-making about valuable philanthropic resources.
Our affiliate network and NCCF team members across North Carolina are gathering information about emerging community needs and identifying the nonprofits that are working to meeting those needs. Their insights will inform the decision‐making of an appointed advisory committee, as well as the voices of our partners working in rural communities.
The advisory committee will be composed of representatives from the nonprofit sector, health and human services, rural and faith communities and/or other philanthropic partners.
NCCF is grateful to corporations and foundations that have helped to launch the Fund through generous contributions, including the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Novartis and Fidelity Bank.
At this time, NCCF is continuing to raise funds from philanthropic partners and finalizing the process for distribution of grants. If you are interested in seeking a grant from the Fund, please keep an eye on this webpage where information will be posted as it becomes available.