Capacity Building

Operational Support  |  Community Trainings

We are committed to empowering organizations through Capacity Building. We hope to provide organizations with the tools they need to work at their highest capacity in the most sustainable way.

Funding Categories

Community Trainings

A huge part of Capacity Building is supporting and expanding existing team members knowledge to obtain, improve or learn new skills to further the organization’s overall mission in a sustainable way. We want to provide support to organizations seeking to host educational opportunities dedicated to improving the health of our region:

  • Grant Writing Training
  • Financial Reports Training
  • Results-Based Accountability Training
  • Other trainings that strengthen the capacity of our region to improve the health and well-being of our communities. 

Operational Support

AMY recognizes that in order to serve our communities in need organizations must have staff that feels supported financially to run programs, a structure to house programs and teams, and funding to support existing programs that are working well. AMY knows that operational funding can be a hard sell to individual donors and we never want that to be a barrier to success. We support organization’s Operations in the following ways:

  • Staff Support
      • Expansion of team members to accommodate new or expanding programs
  • Capital Funding
      • Structural funding
      • Expansion or renovations
      • Transportation
  • Program Sustainability
      • Purchase of new or updated equipment
      • Marketing and Advertising support
      • Transportation reimbursement

How to Apply?

AMY Wellness Foundation grant opportunities will be open year-round. Applicants may create an account by clicking here. You will fill out a survey that will direct you to the correct application based on which funding opportunity you are applying to. Our Associate Director, Caitlin Johnson is available to answer questions. If you would like to set up a phone appointment please email:
[email protected]


Government agencies, local education agencies or nonprofits with 509(a) or 501(c)3 IRS status are eligible to receive funds.

The following areas fall outside the AMY Wellness Foundation scope of support:  

  • Grants to Individuals
  • Political purposes, including lobbying
  • Out-of-area projects or organizations
  • Grants prohibited by IRS regulations 

Our primary focus areas are:

Mitchell, and
Yancey Counties.

We aim to support programs and organizations working in these counties. We encourage anyone outside of these areas to investigate collaborative asks with organizations who have a physical presence in our focus area and the capacity to serve as the fiscal agent for the project.

What to Expect?

Decisions Made

Competitive Applications

AMY Wellness Foundation Board of Directors will review applications from the previous month at the start of each month. Applicants will be notified of the Board decision 30-45 days later depending on the volume of applications received that month. 

For example, all applications submitted in May will be reviewed starting
June 1. Applicants will be notified 30-45 days later.

We have identified food, housing, and mental health as our region’s top priorities and will put these needs at the forefront of our efforts. However, we understand that there are endless needs to create lasting impact and change. Do not feel circumscribed by these three priorities.

AMYWF believes that sustainable impactful change is possible through collaboration, innovation, and upstream solutions. Applicants that highlight any of these three values will have a competitive submission.

Audit Requirements for Grantees

Collaborative Ask vs. Organizational needs

All grant recipients are required to submit a final report that includes an annual report and financial statements. Audits are no longer required by the Foundation.

Applicants may be granted funds for their organizational needs and also be granted funds as a fiscal agent in a collaborative ask. An applicant is eligible to receive funding for both applications semi-annually.

Cap Amount per Application

Each application is capped at $50,000 in the following grant categories:

  • Capacity Building
  • Family Resilience
  • Collaboration and Planning
For COVID-19 Rapid Response grant category, each application is capped
at $20,000. This funding category will stay open as long as the need remains. As needs change, this funding will become an immediate needs category.

Annual Designations per Grant Category

The Board has set annual designation amount of grant funding at $660,000 for 2021. The Board will review and asses grant funding spending at the fourth quarter of every year. The Board has flexibility to address the allocation amount if there has been a high volume of accepted applications throughout the year.

Rolling Application

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