OVERVIEW: This health legacy funder in North Carolina supports healthy eating and active lifestyles for kids, public schools, and capacity building for nonprofits. Current grant opportunities are posted on the funder’s website.
FUNDING AREAS: Health, education, capacity building
IP TAKE: This unique legacy funder will actually consider requests from outside the county and for public education as well. There are also some great opportunities for nonprofit capacity building here.
PROFILE: Based in Burlington, North Carolina, Impact Alamance is a health legacy funder created when Alamance Regional Medical Center merged with Cone Health. It seeks to “drive long-term, measurable change that will create a better future for Alamance County.” It began with a $54 million investment in 2013; the foundation now commits over $2 million into the local community each year—about 4.5 percent of its total assets.
Unlike some health legacy funders, this one also supports education because of research-based evidence that education is the single most important factor affecting health of individuals and their communities. Something else unique about this funder: although most of the grant applications it accepts come from Alamance County nonprofits, it will also consider requests from outside groups. But those considerations are rare, and according to the eligibility requirements, nonprofits should be in Alamance County and established for at least three years to be considered for funding.
There are three priority areas for funding: healthy kids, healthy communities, and a community health fund. The kids program prioritizes the birth-to-five demographic and supports school readiness. The funder supports programs to increase children’s physical activity and access to healthy food. It also supports early education program efforts.
The community program supports public schools and capacity building for local nonprofits. It regularly provides technical assistance for organizational development, capacity building, and grant writing. One-time funding is available as well through the community health fund to expand new ideas and enhance community health. A list of recent grants can be found here.
Current grant opportunities are listed on the funder’s website. In recent times, nonprofit organizational assessment and capacity building support has been available. The foundation requires grantees to have measurable outcomes, and data is collected every six months until the project is completed. The foundation also has a grant writer assistance program for groups pursuing a grant of $50,000 or more because this is an important nonprofit need that’s often not met.
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