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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
  • Job creation and economic investment, particularly in the healthcare sector
  • Workforce preparedness
  • Community competitiveness, capacity, and vitality

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

  • Investment in publicly owned infrastructure
  • Investment in privately owned property, plant, and equipment
  • New full-time jobs created
  • Average annual wage of new full-time jobs

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 $500,000. Most awards will be for $200,000 or less.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, program guidelines, and the online Stage 1 application 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.

Tagged as
Broadband · Capital funding · Community and economic development · Health workforce · Healthcare business and finance · Healthcare facilities · Infrastructure · North Carolina

For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.