Our Community Grant Programs

Our Community Grant Programs

Collaboration with other community-based nonprofit 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

Each year, Mission Health welcomes investment proposals and community partnership opportunities that offer innovative approaches, with measurable results, to improve the health and wellbeing of our region. Through our Community Investment Grant Program, we work in partnership with organizations to fund projects or initiatives that address our Community’s Health Needs.

Community Investment Grant Process

Each year Mission welcomes investment proposals that offer innovative approaches with measurable results that address the priority focus areas outlined in the Community Health Needs Assessments.

Based on the most recent priorities chosen around the region, Community Investment grant funding for fiscal year 2019 will support 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, Community Investment is shifting to focus on work that has the broadest impact with the greatest potential to address health priorities and reduce disparities. Funding preference will be given to initiatives, rather than individual programs, and measurable work achieved through purposeful collaboration.

Critical Access for Vulnerable Populations

Mission Health will continue to support the work of organizations and agencies in western North Carolina improving access, eliminating disparities and providing 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

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

2018 Grants
  • All Souls Counseling Center | Accessible Counseling Services

    Accessible Counseling Services for low-income and under-insured people

  • Bountiful Cities | Double Up Food Bucks

    Pilot project to expand access to fresh, local produce

  • CARING for Children | ACE Caring Clinic

    Assessment, counseling and education for families without regard to ability to pay

  • FEAST | Community Garden Support Project

    Support for community and school gardens and establishing garden evaluation processes

  • Haywood Street Congregation | Haywood Street Respite

    Respite for homeless adults following hospital discharge

  • Helpmate | Preventing Intimate Partner Violence

    Interpersonal violence prevention programming

  • Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina | Permanent Supportive Housing

    Assessment of vulnerability of homeless and coordinated community response

  • MANNA Foodbank and the YMCA of Western North Carolina | Nutrition Works, Phase II

    Collaboration integrating pantries and healthcare providers to connect vulnerable residents to nutritious foods

  • MemoryCare | MemoryCare

    Support for older adults with cognitive impairment and their caregivers

  • Mountain Child Advocacy Center | Crisis intervention counseling for child victims of abuse
  • Partners Aligned Toward Health (PATH) | Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force

    Expanding community efforts to reduce substance abuse in Mitchell and Yancey Counties

  • Pisgah Legal Services | Health Education and Legal Services (HEALS)

    Legal advocacy to address non-medical barriers to health

  • REACH of Macon County | Domestic & Sexual Violence Community Health Initiative

    Healthcare provider awareness training for domestic and sexual violence

  • Southern Reconciliation Ministries | Summer Food Program

    Coordinated summer food program for low-income families in Yancey County

  • The Council on Aging of Buncombe County | Project Continuum CARE

    Supporting older adults in managing care and maintaining independence

  • Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA) | PRAISE: Year 4

    Health education and promotion in local minority church congregations

  • YWCA of Asheville and WNC | YWCA’s Preventive Health Program

    Preventing and managing chronic disease through physical activity, healthy lifestyles and community

How to Apply

For new applicants, access the Mission Health Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM) website by clicking the link below and create a new account. Previous grant recipients can follow the same link and log in with their existing account.

Click here to login or create an account

Once you have created a new account, select the 2019 Mission Health Community Investment Grants process to begin filling out the Letter of Intent form. You may save your work and return at a later time. In order to officially submit your LOI you must select “submit” at the bottom of the form.

For questions about our grant program or application process, or if you have technical difficulties with the grants portal, contact our Community Investment team at communityinvestment@msj.org or call 828-213-4199.

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.