Healthy Places North Carolina

Many Eastern North Carolina organizations are mobilizing to improve their communities in four broad areas of work: mitigating and preventing adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress; addressing substance use and overdose deaths; building equitable food systems; and creating equitable recreation opportunities. Most of these efforts align with goals identified in the state’s Healthy 2030 plan. The Trust is interested in supporting movement and network building to improve the policies and systems driving health inequities.

Steps to Apply



Leverage local organizations and networks, especially those based in financially vulnerable regions and communities of color, to promote equity in food and recreation systems, address substance use, and mitigate the impact of adverse childhood experiences.


Build community, network, organizational, and individual capacity so that historically marginalized populations, particularly Black, Immigrant, Indigenous, and other leaders of color can drive community and health improvement efforts.

Conduct broad-based communications, community education, and advocacy efforts that advance goals.

Timeframe for Applications

Call-by date: September 28, 2023
Application deadline: October 12, 2023

Geographic Focus

Healthy Places NC opportunities are focused on Eastern North Carolina, especially underserved areas in the Sandhills, Cape Fear, Tidewater, and Coastal Plain regions.

Next Steps

If you think you are a fit, assess your eligibility below and then contact us to apply. Or, view all funding opportunities here.


Across eastern North Carolina and targeted communities around the state, there are grassroots movements to improve health in many ways. The Trust is interested in supporting the growth of these movements and changing the conversation to ensure that systemically marginalized people are able to lead community change efforts. For the current opportunity, the Trust is interested in assisting groups working for systemic change in food and recreation systems, mitigating adverse childhood experiences, and reducing substance use deaths. Networks in the Southeast and Northeast regions of the state are building new connections across the food system, mapping and addressing adverse childhood experiences and trauma, and shaping how opioid settlement dollars are spent at the local level. The Trust plans to consider proposals that advance these existing efforts.

Eligibility Requirements

Before applying, consider the following questions and requirements:

  • Is your organization or work a good fit with the Trust?
  • Are you located or operating in North Carolina?
  • Does your work focus on improving quality of life and health for North Carolinians with low incomes?
  • Do you primarily support populations experiencing poverty?
    • These populations include: individuals living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level; the uninsured; and those eligible for Medicaid and/or the free/reduced school lunch program.
  • Are your clients (or focus population) residents of North Carolina? If yes, then you may fit our geographic criteria.

Organizations 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

Eligible? Contact us to schedule a consultation.


Back to all funding opportunities.

Ready to apply? Contact us.

If you have read the above eligibility requirements and think you are a good fit, use the form below or email Mary Weaver to schedule a phone consultation.



View all funding opportunities.