A Catalyst for Collaboration and Innovation
NIMble Award Recipients are Announced
More than 30 WNC nonprofits and public service agencies have been awarded Needs Immediate Met (or NIMble) grants in support of programs designed to create better health outcomes for regional residents.

Organizations located in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Swain counties, and the Qualla Boundary, many with immediate needs as a result of COVID-19’s impact on the region, were awarded a total of $272,882. 

Thanks to quick action by our board of directors and more than 25 donors to our COVID Impact and Recovery Fund, Nantahala Health Foundation is able fund x projects addressing COVID safety protocols and other issues directly related to the COVID pandemic.
What is Your Vision of a Healthy Community?
Nantahala Health Foundation is making plans now to host a series of virtual listening sessions designed to gather feedback about how to improve lives and promote health in Western North Carolina.

Virtual listening sessions will be offered on a county-by-county basis to nonprofit and governmental agency leaders interested in helping us ensure our future funding priorities match community needs. We'll start by asking: 'What's your vision of a health community?', followed by 'What's preventing that vision from becoming a reality?' We are looking forward to seeing where these conversations take us.

Look for more information about upcoming listening sessions, including how to register, to be announced soon. And follow us on Facebook and Instagram to hear the latest news from us first.
CHIP Recipients to be Announced in December
Congratulations to the 20 organizational leaders and their collaborators who successfully submitted Collaborative Health Innovation Program (CHIP) grant applications last week. Reviews are underway now, with an award announcement planned for December.

Nonprofit service providers and governmental agencies were invited to apply for up to $50,000 to fund innovative solutions to issues that prevent WNC residents from enjoying enhanced health outcomes. Program proposals include solutions to our region's low-income and workforce housing shortages, support for students in crisis, emergency food distribution, domestic violence prevention and more.
Did you know... The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services hosts on its website an interactive map illustrating social determinants of health indicators across the state?

“Access to medical services is crucial to being healthy, but research shows that more than 70 percent of a person’s overall health is driven by social and environmental factors outside the health care system,” said State Health Director and DHHS Chief Medical Officer Betsey Tilson, M.D., MPH. “Identifying and codifying the areas of disparities in these indicators will help to inform community needs assessments and program planning.” READ MORE >>>
Also from NCDHHS
NCDHHS has launched its SlowCOVIDNC app to help North Carolinians slow the spread of COVID-19 by alerting them when they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. According to NCDHHS, use of the app is completely anonymous; it does not collect, store or share personal information or location data. Downloaded it for free from your preferred app store. READ MORE >>>
New Funding Opportunity + Annual Meeting
Our partners at Dogwood Health Trust have announced a new funding opportunity designed to infuse capital into historically underfunded organizations whose primary purpose is serving Black, indigenous and communities of color, and whose leadership is representative of the communities they serve. READ MORE >>>

Also from Dogwood, the public is invited to attend their virtual annual meeting on Wednesday, October 28, from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. The meeting will cover Dogwood’s work over the past year, and a panel of staff and Board members will be available to share updates, discuss community issues, and answer questions. READ MORE >>>
Training Available to Navigate COVID
Appalachian Regional Commission has launched its Appalachia Nonprofit Resource Center, a virtual training hub to help the region’s nonprofits successfully navigate the COVID crisis.

As part of the Center’s programming, teams from regional nonprofits are invited to apply for dedicated technical assistance coaching focusing on long-term operational sustainability during the COVID crisis.

Topics include:
  • Short-term financial management
  • Long-term financial management
  • Mission and operations
  • Fundraising
Caring For Our Communities
Our Funding Priorities
Our grant-making priorities are designed to create a strong network of organizations by investing in your strategies to remove barriers to health.
Meet Our Partners
At Nantahala Health Foundation, we build partnerships with forward-thinking organizations focused on improving the overall health of the region. 
#StaySafe #StopTheSpread
Following health and safety guidance to promote social distancing, NHF staff has shifted to telework and is conducting business through virtual platforms. However, we strive to be accessible and minimize disruptions as much as possible under these circumstances. During this time, you may contact us through email or by leaving a message on our office voicemail, which will be forwarded to us.