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Funding Opportunity: NIMble Applications to be accepted through March 31
Applications for our Needs Immediately Met (or NIMble) grant are being accepted through March 31. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to support one-time critical purchases, immediate needs for stabilization or crisis response, and/or innovative opportunities related to addressing the social determinants of health as a way to improve health and wellness outcomes throughout our region.
New Research Identifies Opportunities and Challenges in Appalachia's Tourism Economy
The Appalachian Regional Commission in February released its 'Extending Our Welcome: Trends and Strategies for Tourism in Appalachia,' a report that looks at the history of tourism in Appalachia and makes recommendations for communities looking to employ it as an economic strategy.
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Though the research was conducted prior to COVID-19, many of these findings remain relevant—bearing in mind the pandemic’s impact on the tourism industry and public safety guidelines—and useful for current and future tourism planning. 
COVID Blamed for U.S. Life Expectancy Decline
Life expectancy in the U.S. fell by a year in the first half of 2020 as Covid-19 swept across the country, a decline not seen since World War II. Minorities suffered the biggest impact from January through June 2020, with Black Americans losing nearly three years and Hispanics losing nearly two years, according to preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Broadband Funds Coming to WNC
“The federal grants coming to North Carolina amount to a total of $166 million; $45 million is going to Haywood and west. A total of 155,000 customers will be hooked up to high-speed internet in North Carolina, and we are getting 35,000 hookups in the seven western counties.” - N.C. Senator Kevin Corbin, R-Franklin
Rural Broadband Funding by County
NHF Expands Funding Priorities to Better Address Social Determinants of Health
Citing an imperative to take a lifecycle approach to build a healthy community in Western North Carolina, Nantahala Health Foundation's Board of Directors recently announced revisions to our defined funding needs and priorities.
Nonprofit and local government leaders are strongly encouraged to review these changes prior to seeking upcoming funding opportunities made available by Nantahala Health Foundation.
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Caring For Our Communities
Our partners at Dogwood Health Trust have compiled a list of upcoming federal, state, and foundation grant opportunities, any one of which could bring much-needed funding to our region. If any of these opportunities sounds like a match for your organizational needs, please reach out soon so we can discuss next steps.
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. 
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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.