SITE Program

The Golden L E A F Long Term Economic Advancement Foundation In

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Next predicted deadline: Sep 14, 2024 9:00am PDT

Later predicted deadlines: Mar 14, 2025 12:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Community Development & Revitalization

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: North Carolina

Location of residency: North Carolina

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Golden LEAF Foundation

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to receive a portion of North Carolina’s funding received from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers. For 20 years, Golden LEAF has worked to increase economic opportunity in North Carolina’s rural and tobacco-dependent communities through leadership in grantmaking, collaboration, innovation, and stewardship as an independent and perpetual foundation.

SITE Program

Golden LEAF recognizes that rural and economically distressed communities must have sites available for development to attract new businesses and create opportunities for existing businesses to expand. To address this need, Golden LEAF created the SITE Program. Through this program, Golden LEAF will provide support to communities to identify potential sites for economic development, enable completion of due diligence on sites already identified, or extend public utilities to or conduct grading and clearing of sites for which due diligence has been completed. Golden LEAF will accept applications from organizations in all counties, but will prioritize awards within counties that have been persistently economically distressed (as demonstrated by County Tier status determined by the N.C. Department of Commerce) and in economically distressed, rural, and tobacco-dependent communities.

The SITE Program consists of the three phases described below. Communities will be able to participate in the program in any of the three phases, and a site may progress from Identification through to Development over time.

  • SITE Program – Identification provides support to identify potential industrial sites in communities that do not currently have quality industrial sites to market.
  • SITE Program – Due Diligence provides funding to complete eligible due diligence activities such as environmental assessments, archaeological analyses, and mapping.
  • SITE Program – Development provides funding for public infrastructure and, for publicly owned sites, clearing and grading, to benefit sites that have completed the due diligence necessary to demonstrate that the site is suitable for development.

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  • Governmental entities and 501(c)(3) organizations within all North Carolina counties are eligible to apply for funding from the Golden LEAF SITE Program.
  • Golden LEAF expects that projects may progress from one phase to the next, though funding for one does not imply a commitment to provide funding for another.
  • Match Requirement
    • Projects in counties that have had a Tier 3 ranking in at least three of the past five years are required to provide a match of 15% of the Golden LEAF award for Due Diligence and Development phase awards.
    • There is no match requirement for the Identification phase, regardless of county.
    • Counties and organizations located within counties that have a required match may submit a letter requesting a waiver or reduction of the required match.


  • The Golden LEAF Board will prioritize awards to projects located in rural and economically distressed counties.

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