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Jenny Tinklepaugh

Press Release

Golden LEAF News - May 2009

Golden LEAF – a nonprofit organization serving tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and rural North Carolina – will be holding outreach sessions for its new Open Grants Program. The Open Grants Program is replacing the Foundation’s Annual Grants Cycle and allows for acceptance of proposals year-round. These sessions will explain the Foundation’s funding priorities, new grantsmaking processes and grant management procedures.

Click the links for a schedule of outreach sessions or to view the media announcement.

Nonprofit organizations and governmental entities are eligible for consideration of Golden LEAF grants and are invited to attend the free sessions. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review funding priorities and guidelines for the Open Grants Program. The Foundation will not begin accepting requests for funding until July 1, 2009 for this program.

Although no advance registration is required, for planning purposes, the Foundation is asking those planning to attend the sessions to contact Tammy Gaulding at or call 888-684-8404 to indicate the number attendees and at what location you will attend. Space may be limited at some locations.

The Foundation has an Open Door Policy and is available to discuss and give feedback on proposal ideas. If you are unable to attend, please contact staff for more information or to discuss potential projects. Best,


Jenny Tinklepaugh
Program/ Communications Officer

Featured articles in this edition of “Golden LEAF News”:

Gov. Perdue Launches “12 in 6” Worker Training Initiative
Golden LEAF website

Governor Beverly Perdue was joined by N.C. Community College System President Scott Ralls, N.C. Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, Workforce Development Executive Director Roger Shackleford and Golden LEAF President Dan Gerlach to announce the “12 in 6” worker training initiative. The Golden LEAF Foundation’s Golden LEAF Opportunities for Work (GLOW) program announced in March is a $3.5 million initiative that will complement the Governor’s plan to get North Carolinians back to work quickly.

Dalton announces help for small biz

Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and Golden LEAF President Dan Gerlach were joined by Sen. Linda Garrou, Sen. Clark Jenkins, Rep. Jim Crawford and other legislative and state officials to announce the creation of the Small Business Assistance Fund, which will provide low-interest loans to help small businesses. The loan fund could further leverage funding from Golden LEAF. More will be available about this fund in the later part of June.

Golden LEAF backed
Spring Hope Enterprise

The Nash County Board of Commissioners recently approved a resolution backing the Golden LEAF Foundation. Commissioners said they do not want state lawmakers blocking funding to the Rocky Mount-based nonprofit organization.

Golden LEAF: $2 million in grants available for Robeson
The Robesonian
Golden LEAF President Dan Gerlach was joined by Golden LEAF Board member David Stephenson, N.C. Sen. David Weinstein and N.C. Rep. Ronnie Sutton to announce at a Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event that Robeson County will be a part of the Community Assistance Initiative, an initiative that provides about $2 million in grant money to each of the state’s 41 Tier 1 counties.

Agriculture center will offer more opportunities for small farmers, students
Mount Airy News

A value-added agriculture center, funded in part by a Golden LEAF grant, will serve as a hub for farmers in Surry, Stokes and Forsyth counties. The center will provide a place where people who grow on a small scale could bring their products to have them graded, packaged, shipped and marketed, allowing farmers to receive a higher price for their goods.

NC Biomanufacturers Defend World from Flu
NC Biotech

GlaxoSmithKline, whose North American headquarters is in Research Triangle Park, is one of the world's two key manufacturers of antiviral flu treatments, including the swine flu. Golden LEAF has funded projects in the three main components of North Carolina’s Bionetwork made up of North Carolina Community Colleges' BioNetwork, the Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training & Education Center and the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise.

Officials celebrate at food center site
Durham Herald-Sun

U.S. Rep. David Price, Golden LEAF President Dan Gerlach and other officials gathered to celebrate the Piedmont Food and Agriculture Processing Center in Hillsborough, scheduled to open in June 2010. The center, funded in part by a Golden LEAF grant, is about a 1˝-hour drive from an estimated 15,865 farms in the 22-county area organizers hope the center will serve.

12 towns paired with UNC grads
The Herald-Sun

Thanks to a Golden LEAF grant, twelve North Carolina towns will receive a team of four North Carolina Local Government Service Corps, Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduates from UNC-Chapel Hill, Appalachian State University and UNC-Wilmington. The MPAs will serve as management advisers to some of the most economically distressed communities in the state.

Ellerbe to get management adviser
Richmond County Daily Journal

Thanks to a Golden LEAF grant, a university-based pilot program will provide the Town of Ellerbe with a management adviser for the next two years.

Golden LEAF aiming to grow NC economy
Home in Henderson

The Golden LEAF Foundation aims to help grow the state’s economy through a $13 million investment to benefit Tier 1 and rural, Tier 2 counties. The Foundation’s Access Capital Community Investment Fund benefits economically distressed communities by freeing up capital for rural lending institutions.

I3D Circuit Pilot Program Unveiled
BRAC Newsletter

FTCC was awarded $200,000 in December 2008 from the Golden LEAF Foundation to expand the All-American Center for Workforce Integration by providing the portable interactive three-dimensional (i3D) theaters to one high school from each county within the 11-county BRAC region. This project aims to prepare students to meet the requirements for high-skill jobs in the growing military, defense, intelligence and homeland security industry clusters, as well as in the healthcare and construction sectors.

Ellerbe in line for $1 million grant
Richmond County Daily Journal

Three project proposals have been chosen from the Richmond County/ Golden LEAF Community Assistance Initiative steering committee to go before the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

LEAF crowd grows to 75
The Daily Dispatch

Golden LEAF V.P. of Programs/ Community Assistance and Outreach Patricia Cabe joined Vance County local officials, paid government staff and average citizens to facilitate the second Community Assistance Initiative meeting. The discussion centered around ideas for the issues that most need addressing and the assets that are already in place to help the county move forward.

Study: MARC has $60M economic impact
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Golden LEAF funded Marketing Association for Rehabilitation Centers (MARC) serves people with disabilities in 21 counties and contributes more than $60 million annually to the regional economy.

Media Relations

Jenny Tinklepaugh

The Golden LEAF Foundation   301 N. Winstead Avenue   Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone 252-442-7474   Toll-free 888-684-8404   Fax 252-442-7404   Email

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