Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

OVERVIEW: This funder supports health and wellness in North Carolina, but also basic needs in Forsyth County. Funding priorities include diabetes, behavioral health, and access to primary care.

FUNDING AREAS: Health, wellness, and basic needs in North Carolina  

IP TAKE: Rural communities in North Carolina can really benefit from knowing this funder. And an estimated one in five North Carolinians lives in a rural county. Grant seekers should touch on both physical and behavioral health in their proposal. 

PROFILE: The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is the legacy of Kate Gertrude Bitting Reynolds. It seeks to “improve the health and quality of life of residents in Forsyth county and around the state.” Reynolds was the wife of William Neal Reynolds, who was once the chairman of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, who passed away in 1946. According to the founder’s wishes, 75 percent of the Trust’s funding is dedicated to improving health and wellness in North Carolina, and 25 percent is dedicated to improving the quality of life and supporting basic needs in Forsyth County, North Carolina.

Since this foundation was established, its assets have grown from $4 million to over $560 million. It has made over $500 million in grants toward improvements in North Carolina. Current financial data can be viewed here.

Healthy Places NC is a place-based initiative that prioritizes improving health outcomes in rural North Carolina. Past areas of interest include access to primary care, community centered prevention, diabetes, and behavioral health. The funder set a goal of investing $100 million in 10 to 12 rural counties over 10 to 15 years. The initial counties in focus are Beaufort, Burke, Edgecombe, Nash, Halifax, McDowell, and Rockingham. More counties will be added in the years ahead.  

The other initiative is called Great Expectations, and it supports poor children from financially disadvantaged families in Forsyth County. One of the biggest priorities here is children’s first five years and kindergarten readiness. Other core funding areas have included development of community assets, middle school success, post-secondary completion, behavioral health, oral health, emergency assistance, and supportive housing.

Overall grants from this funder support programs that benefit people who live at or below 200 percent of the poverty level, the uninsured, and people eligible for Medicaid and the free/reduce lunch program. It awards operating program grants for new programs, expanding existing programs, and short-term bridge funding. Reynolds also awards capital project grants for the construction and renovation of buildings and for equipment purchases. Funding interests extend to capacity building, direct services, grassroots changes, program planning, and technical assistance as well. Typically, general organizing expenses and medical research are not funded. Capital construction grants do notexceed $150,000, and capital equipment grants do not exceed $100,000.

After applying for a healthcare grant, grant seekers can expect the process to take about three months. Information about the current funding cycle will be available in May and November. The deadlines are the second Tuesday in August and the second Tuesday in February. Community-based collaborations and programs that integrate both behavioral care and primary care are often given priority.

Find staff member contact information here. Submit general questions via the online form or called in at 336-397-5500. Grant seekers can keep up with the foundation's activities and interests on its news section.


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