Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: In honor of its namesake’s wishes, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust dedicates 75 percent of its annual giving to health and wellness initiatives for underserved, economically disadvantaged and vulnerable North Carolinians.

IP TAKE: The good news here is that the trust awards grants for program support as well as toward capital projects. The bad news is that grantmaking is restricted to the state of North Carolina.

PROFILE: The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust was established in 1947, and has since become one of the largest private trusts in North Carolina. With a mission “to improve the quality of life and quality of health for the financially needy of North Carolina," Reynolds' grantmaking is split into two programs: the Health Care Division and the Poor and Needy Division.

Reynolds’ Health Care grantmaking focuses on access to primary care, behavioral health, community-based health, and diabetes. The public health aspect of the trust’s Poor and Needy program centers on behavioral and oral health. It’s important to note that while the trust’s Health Care grantmaking applies to the entire state of North Carolina, its Poor and Needy program only awards grants to organizations with programs aimed at improving the quality of life for people in Forsyth County.

The Reynolds Trust is widely flexible in its awards, which range from around $5,000 to as much as $2.5 million. To learn more about trust grantees, explore the Recent Grants page.

There is no restriction on the award amount for operating program grants. A $150,000 and $100,000 limit is specified for capital construction and capital equipment, but those limits are not adhered to rigidly for projects involving large numbers of economically distressed individuals.

The trust often releases descriptions of specific areas of focus within its grantmaking programs to which it is awarding grants for the current year. Grantseekers should keep a close watch on the foundation’s website for the most updated information in this regard.

Application deadlines are the second Tuesday in February and the second Tuesday in August. Funding decisions are usually made within three to four months of each application deadline.

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