Cashiers Community Fund

Boys & Girls Club learning about gardening
The Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau received $10,000 to provide staff and material support for its Academic Success programming. Photo courtesy of Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau.

The Cashiers Community Fund (CCF) seeks to improve the quality of life in the greater Cashiers community by supporting projects that benefit the broad community and its residents.

CCF provides grants of $2,500 to $10,000 to nonprofit organizations and public agencies for charitable purposes, including programmatic needs, capital campaigns and operating expenses. At its discretion, the Cashiers Community Fund Advisory Board may also consider grant requests for greater or lesser amounts. Projects should be completed within one year of receipt of grant funds.

Requests that exhibit the greatest community benefit (including requests addressing education; early childhood development; health and wellness; assisting people in need; community or economic development through the arts, culture and natural resources; or the environment) will be given the highest consideration.

If an organization other than the applicant will benefit from the grant, then the applicant should include a letter of endorsement from that organization.

Projects should be completed within one year of the award.

Deadlines and Dates

The grant application deadline is 5 p.m. on the first Friday in July.


  • Tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and governmental entities are eligible to apply for these grants.
  • Applicants must be serving the greater Cashiers community.
  • An eligible organization may only submit one application per year.

What We Do Not Fund

Grants generally do not support: annual giving campaigns; scholarships; sectarian religious purposes; partisan political purposes; endowment funds; deficit funding or debt retirement; festivals or one-time events such as exhibits, performances or fundraisers; or activities taking place or expenses incurred before grant decisions are made.

How to Apply

1. Access Community Foundation Staff Assistance

If you would like to discuss your proposal or have questions regarding eligibility, you are welcome to contact Tara Scholtz, Senior Program Officer, by email or at 828-367-9913.

2. Submit a Grant Application

Access the online application process to submit a grant application. For technical assistance with the online grant system, please contact Diane Crisp, Grants Manager, by email or at 828-367-9904. Applicants will be notified by email upon receipt of their application.

3. Review Process

Applications are screened for completeness, clarity and compliance with eligibility requirements. We consider the Fund’s priorities, the availability of funds for the stated purposes, the applicants’ capabilities and the potential benefits to the community. Funding decisions will be completed, grant awards announced, and funds distributed by the end of August. Use grant funds may begin on or after September 1.

Reporting Requirements

An online end-of-grant report verifying use of grant funds and results will be required. Instructions will be included in the grant award letter. Additional reports or site visits may also be required.

Guideline Modifications

The Fund’s Advisory Board may modify these guidelines, or make exceptions to them, in consultation with the staff of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

For additional information, visit Recent Grants.

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