Grant for Health Improvement in North Carolina

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Grant amount: Up to US $150,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jan 8, 2019 2:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Feb 12, 2019 2:00pm PST (Full proposal), Jul 10, 2019 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Aug 14, 2019 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: North Carolina

Location of residency: North Carolina

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NOTE: To engage in an initial conversation about proposal ideas for the February cycle, we request that all interested parties contact Program Coordinator. All university-affiliated inquiries must be pursued in consultation with your school’s Trust liaison. Depending on fit with issues, interests, and strategies, we may then schedule an appointment with you and your regional program officer.

Please call as early as possible in the cycle to discuss if your project is a fit. We request that you schedule an initial call well before the 'letter of inquiry' deadline above. Advance consultations must be scheduled and take place two to eight weeks prior to the 'full proposal' deadline.

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust was established in 1947 and is now one of the largest private trusts in North Carolina. Its mission is to improve the quality of life and quality of health for the financially needy of North Carolina.

Health Improvement In North Carolina


Through the Health Improvement in North Carolina program area, the Trust responds to health and wellness needs and invests in solutions that improve the quality of health for financially-disadvantaged residents of North Carolina.

We seek to support change by:

  • Focusing our efforts on issues and in communities where our contributions can support meaningful progress,
  • Investing resources other than our dollars to create impact, and
  • Committing to learning both internally and along with our partners.

Specifically, our intent is to invest up to half of our resources in our Healthy Places NC work over the next 10 years. The majority of the remaining half of our portfolio will be concentrated within four issues, which include work where we believe we can see real positive change over the next 10 years.

Issue Areas

Access to Primary Care

  • Increasing Health Care Coverage:  Advocating around efforts to increase insurance coverage, supporting enrollment efforts designed for disadvantaged rural and vulnerable populations, and supporting outreach models that target North Carolinians ineligible for existing insurance programs.
  • Providing a Medical Home: Improving patient access by supporting safety net providers, which offer coordinated primary care within an affordable, accessible medical home.

Behavioral Health

  • Building a Continuum of Care: Efforts designed to address gaps in individual care, systemic and otherwise.
  • Integration of Care: Efforts that bring mental and primary health care providers together in concurrent assessment and treatment of patients.
  • Prevention: Efforts to identify and support those most at risk of impairment and addiction reflecting the best practices in the field.
  • Substance Abuse: Expansion of evidence-based treatment to those most in need.

Community-Centered Prevention

  • Comprehensive Prevention in a Community Setting: Efforts to improve health in a setting such as a school, child care facility, faith-based organization, public space or worksite.
  • Opportunities for Physical Activity: Improving the built environment to promote walkable, bikeable communities and providing greater access to parks, playgrounds, fields, trails, and other places to be active.
  • Access to Healthy Foods: Programs, policies, and strategies to improve healthy food access in schools and communities.


  • Clinical Care and Self-Management: Outcomes-based primary care paired with self-management practices to keep diabetes under control and delay, diminish or prevent its debilitating impacts on physical health and quality of life.
  • Prevention: Strategies to identify and target those at-risk of diabetes, taking into consideration an individual’s culture and community. Efforts will use growing evidence-base that supports connection to clinical care.
  • Behavioral Health: Efforts that target the intersection of diabetes and mental health/substance abuse issues to increase an individual’s ability to address either condition.
  • Public Awareness and Advocacy: Efforts to raise awareness about diabetes and its cost to individuals, families and communities through strategic communications and grassroots advocacy.

While we will still be a responsive grantmaker and will help where innovative and practical solutions present themselves, our commitment to focus and learning should lead to deeper and longer-term change over time.

Target Populations

1. Do your organization's activities primarily support or help “financially-disadvantaged” populations?  The Trust's definitions of “financially-disadvantaged” include: individuals living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level; the uninsured; and those eligible for Medicaid and/or the free/reduced school lunch program.

2. Are your clients (or focus population) residents of North Carolina? If you can answer yes, then you may fit our geographic criteria:

Both program areas engage in place-based grantmaking: the Health Improvement in North Carolina program area supports programs and organizations serving residents in North Carolina.

Types of Grants

Grant funds awarded by the Trust may support the following:

  • Capacity building (e.g. efforts to increase organizational and community effectiveness)
  • Direct services
  • Grassroots changes and systemic improvements
  • Program planning (e.g. development of specific operating programs)
  • Technical assistance (e.g. efforts to improve the capacity of grantees to achieve specific grant results)

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Partners The Trust will fund:
    • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
    • Governmental entities


  • Organizations The Trust Will Not Fund:
    • Individuals
    • Faith-based organizations without 501(c)(3)
    • Type III supporting organizations
    • Organizations providing pass-through funds to an ineligible organization

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