Addressing Childhood Trauma in the Southeast - Closed

Evidence continues to emerge about the negative social-emotional and health impacts of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress. Young children who have experienced significant trauma and toxic stress are more likely than their peers to have developmental delays and difficulty with self-regulation, which impacts their health and well-being. The Trust plans to support planning, awareness, and system change efforts that directly engage the communities most impacted by trauma and toxic stress in Robeson, Columbus, and Bladen counties.

Steps to Apply



Address childhood trauma for low-income children.


Support community-based research and education efforts that engage residents in the process to better understand and build awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences and/or support system change approaches that increase access to mental health services and trauma informed care, which may include capacity building, coordinating within and across systems, innovative ideas and programs, and advocacy.

Timeframe for Applications

The Trust is not currently accepting applications for this funding opportunity.

Geographic Focus

Robeson, Columbus and Bladen counties

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.


Organizations and collaboratives in Robeson, Columbus, and Bladen counties are working to address the impacts of toxic stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences. The problem is acute in this region that is prone to hurricanes, flooding, and economic dislocation. The communities in the southeastern section of the state are resource starved, which leads to provider shortages and too few services to meet the demand. Institutions do not always have the opportunity or resources for technical assistance or the funding to implement trauma informed approaches.

The Trust is interested in hearing from applicants who can assist with community-wide planning efforts to map the root causes of trauma and suggest interventions. We also are interested in initiatives to build awareness about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, which could include training institutions to take trauma-informed approaches. The Trust also seeks proposals that aim to improve coordination within or between systems to improve care for people impacted by adverse experiences. Competitive applications will directly engage the communities that disproportionately suffer from toxic stress and trauma.

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

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