Dogwood Health Trust: Grants for North Carolina

OVERVIEW: The Dogwood Health Trust funds health, opioid epidemic, poverty, access to access to health care, mental health, substance use disorders, income inequality, unemployment, housing, transportation, and education in Western North Carolina.

FUNDING AREAS: Health, opioid epidemic, poverty, access to access to health care, mental health, substance use disorders, income inequality, unemployment, housing, transportation, education

IP TAKE: This is a new health conversion foundation with a diverse, local board and big plans for the future.

PROFILE: Established in 2018, the Dogwood Health Trust (DHT) is a health legacy funder based in Asheville, North Carolina. It formed following the sale of Mission Health to HCA Healthcare and became fully operational in February 2019. The foundation aims to “dramatically improving the health and well-being of all people and communities of Western North Carolina.” DHT is interested in funding local efforts for health, opioid epidemic, poverty, access to access to health care, mental health, substance use disorders, income inequality, unemployment, housing, transportation, and education.

The Dogwood Health Trust began a strategic planning process to establish its grantmaking priorities and processes in December 2018. Local nonprofit leaders identified a wide range of issues that affect health and wellbeing in DHT’s home region. DHT will partner with nonprofits, governments, and other funder’s in the region to address these issues at the local level. It also plans to strike a balance between urban and rural funding through collaborative efforts. Overall, this funder is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion through grantmaking.

Information about typical grant amounts and grantees will become available after DHT’s first round of grantmaking in 2020. One of the funder’s first investments is a partnership with the NC Department of Health and Human Services to address substance use disorders in the region. Grantmaking focuses on the 18 counties of Western North Carolina.

DHT will provide details about its grantmaking criteria and application process in the near future. Direct general questions to the staff at info@dogwoodhealthtrust.org.

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