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North Carolina Open Grants Program

Golden LEAF Foundation
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Program Officers


The Golden LEAF Foundation Open Grants Program provides funding for projects that strengthen North Carolina’s long-term economy, especially in tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities.

Priority is given to the focus areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Economic development
  • Workforce preparedness
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Community vitality

The program invests in healthcare as an economic engine, and priority outcome metrics related to healthcare include:

  • Jobs retained and created
  • New wages paid
  • Number of non-emergency room patient visits
  • Number of rural healthcare facilities with improved financial condition
  • Students trained and earned industry credential/certification
  • Students employed in field of study
  • Dollars invested in public infrastructure
  • Broadband access
  • Investment in privately-owned property and equipment

Priority outcomes and metrics for all focus areas


Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and government entities.

Applications are accepted from all communities in North Carolina, but funded projects must benefit tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities.

Geographic coverage
North Carolina
Amount of funding

Up to $200,000.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, forms, and the online letter of inquiry form are available on the program website. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Foundation Program Officers prior to submitting a letter of inquiry.

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Broadband · Community and economic development · Healthcare business and finance · Healthcare facilities · Healthcare workforce · Infrastructure · North Carolina

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