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Welcome to the Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation Grant Program! 

We take pride in providing funding to non-profit organizations dedicated to helping our community members. Please review our funding goals, requirements, and grant process before applying. You can find those details in our Eligibility Criteria, Funding Requirements, and Selection Criteria.

The purpose of the HNG Foundation Grant Program is to support community groups’ efforts to serve the residents living in the Hickory Nut Gorge.

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Thank you for your interest in enriching the health, wellbeing, and livelihood of the Hickory Nut Gorge community!

To apply for a Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation Grant, please complete the application form online.

You can also download a printable PDF version of the application and submit by email. 

If you have questions about the grant program, or experience difficulties with the online application, please contact us by email.

After you submit your application online, you'll receive an email confirmation and a Board member will contact you with next steps.

Please make sure you review our Eligibility and Funding Requirements as well as the Selection Criteria upon which grants are awarded. 

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Eligibility Criteria

The Foundation will consider proposals from non-profit groups, agencies, and organizations whose interests are consistent with the goals of the Foundation.

LOCATION

The target population of program activities must include any or all of the following geographic areas:

Lake Lure
Chimney Rock

Bat Cave
Gerton

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

Grant programs must address at least one of the following areas of focus:

Enhancing & protecting the environment

Assisting people in need

Supporting economic vitality

Supporting education

Advancing the arts

Building community

Promoting quality health

NON-ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

The following projects are NOT eligible for funding:

Partisan, political or election-related activities

Publication of books or reports

Research and development of a for-profit endeavor

The promotion of a for-profit entity and/or its products and services

Funding Requirements

HNG Foundation grants are awarded in amounts of $250 - $2,500 per year.

APPROVED FUNDING USES

HNG Foundation Grant funds may be used for any of the following:

Projects/Programs

Technical assistance

General operating

Capital funding

Organizational development

Start-up costs

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a small team of community-focused stakeholders who have experience in neighborhood and city development. Reviewers will assess and grade each project based on the following factors:

USEFULLNESS
WOWNESS
IMPACT/BIGNESS
ORGANIZED & SYSTEMATIC

Grant programs that make a REAL difference in the Hickory Nut Gorge community and truly help advance the wellbeing of the region.

Projects that are creative and out-of-the box.

Programs that make a large, and positive impact.

Programs that are well planned, organized, and have clear goals, measurement, and evaluation steps in place.

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