For Grant Seekers - Overview
The purpose of Golden LEAF is to fund projects that promise to bring significant economic improvement to the tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities of North Carolina. We welcome eligible entities to submit a grant application for a project that is consistent with Golden LEAF’s priorities.
Golden LEAF currently has two programs open to eligible entities seeking grants. These programs complement other ongoing initiatives of the Foundation. After you read through each program description, feel free to contact a member of the program staff if you have further questions about eligibility or program requirements or priorities.
Open Grants Program
The Open Grants Program places high priority on the areas of agriculture, job creation and retention and workforce preparedness. Other projects that focus on other opportunities to support and develop economic strength in tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities are also welcomed. In light of the economic downturn, Golden LEAF will be looking for opportunities to complement and leverage federal and state stimulus programs to increase the impact of its grantsmaking on targeted communities.
The Open Grants Program replaces the former Golden LEAF Annual Grants Cycle. This program will make it easier for applicants to submit proposals to Golden LEAF and make funding opportunities available throughout the year.
Economic Catalyst Cycle
The Economic Catalyst Cycle is a program that focuses on job creation and/or retention projects associated with business locations or expansions in North Carolina that are at risk without participation from Golden LEAF. Projects submitted by eligible entities must meet specific criteria to be considered for funding.
Other Funding Resources
While Golden LEAF cannot fund every project, we are happy to try to give helpful information on other organizations that provide financial support. You can find other possible funding sources on our website www.goldenleaf.org.
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