Our Community Grant Programs

Our Community Grant Programs

Collaboration with community organizations and public health is key in our work to support a healthier community. Together, we are mutually committed to addressing western North Carolina’s most urgent health issues. Our unified approach improves lives by increasing access to care, helping individuals prevent and better manage chronic diseases, and providing education about healthy lifestyle practices.

Mission Health’s grant and sponsorship programs provide funding for organizations, projects and events that improve the health of our communities.

See if the Community Investment Grant Program or Sponsorship program is right for you.

Community Investment Grant Program

Based on the most recent priorities chosen in the Community Health Needs Assessments around the region, Community Investment grant funding for fiscal year 2019 is supporting work in three focus areas:

  • Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse, recognizing the connection to Interpersonal Violence
  • Chronic Disease
  • Social Determinants of Health, focusing on homelessness and food insecurity

Collaborative Work

As Mission Health has grown from a local hospital to a regional health system, the Community Investment has shifted to work that has the broadest impact with the greatest potential to address health priorities and reduce disparities. Funding preference is given to initiatives, rather than individual programs, and measurable work achieved through purposeful collaboration.

Critical Access for Vulnerable Populations

Mission Health supports the work of organizations and agencies in western North Carolina which improve access, eliminate disparities and provide services to vulnerable members of the community. This critical work improves prevention, reduces hospital stays and respects the dignity of residents who need the most support.


Community Investment accepts proposals from organizations whose programs impact the health improvement needs identified by the regional community health assessments listed above and who meet the following requirements:

  • Current 501(c)(3) status in good standing or status as a local government agency
  • Provides services and programs within Mission Health’s 18-county service area:
    • Avery
    • Buncombe
    • Burke
    • Cherokee
    • Clay
    • Graham
    • Haywood
    • Henderson
    • Jackson
    • Macon
    • Madison
    • McDowell
    • Mitchell
    • Polk
    • Rutherford
    • Swain
    • Transylvania
    • Yancey

2019 Cycle Funding Deadlines and Application Process

Letter of Intent (LOI) accepted -  February 26-March 9, 2018

LOI Notifications - April 2-4, 2018

Application Process opens - April 6, 2018

Application Process closes - April 20, 2018

Notification of Awards - September 2018

  • All Souls Counseling Center | Accessible Counseling Services
  • Bountiful Cities | Community and School Garden Project
  • Family Services of McDowell | New HOPE H.O.M.E.S. Project (Helping Others Maintain Economic Stability)
  • Green Opportunities | Peer Support Specialists: Growing a New Employment Pathway at Green Opportunities (GO)
  • Haywood Street Congregation | Haywood Street Respite
  • Helpmate | Preventing Intimate Partner Violence
  • Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina | Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Macon New Beginnings | Homeless Prevention Program
  • Madison Community Learning Centers - Woodson Branch Nature School | School-based Agriculture to Strengthen Community Food Resilience
  • MANNA Foodbank | Nutrition Works in Western North Carolina
  • MemoryCare | MemoryCare
  • Mitchell County SafePlace | Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices
  • Mountain Child Advocacy Center | Trauma-Focused Counseling for Child and Parent Victims of Child Abuse
  • MountainWise Public Health Partnership | Double Up Food Bucks
  • Partners Aligned Toward Health (PATH) | Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force
  • Pisgah Legal Services | Health Education and Legal Services (HEALS)
  • Sunrise Community for Recovery & Wellness | Sunrise Peer Support Specialist Community Hub
  • The Council on Aging of Buncombe County | Client Management Services
  • Toe River Aggregation Center Training Organization Regional (TRACTOR) | Fostering Healthy Eating Habits Through Community Supported Agriculture
  • University of North Carolina - Asheville/Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA) | PRAISE
  • WAMY Community Action, Inc. | Gardening Program for Low-Income Individuals and Families
  • YMCA of WNC | YMCA of WNC Nutrition Program
  • YWCA of Asheville | Diabetes Wellness & Prevention

For questions about our grant program or application process, contact our Community Investment team at communityinvestment@msj.org.

Highlights of Community Investment Partnerships

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men are victims of intimate-partner violence each year. Mission Health partners with Helpmate on preventing domestic violence as well as finding solutions to help survivors.

Mission Health has a long history of partnering with local, community-based programs and organizations. Each year, Haywood Respite helps more than 150 homeless men and women to recover after hospital discharge.

In WNC, 1 in 4 families struggle with food insecurity. Mission Health's partnership MANNA FoodBank YMCA Partnership aims to equip those families with the resources they need and deserve.