Funding Opportunities

Innovation, Collaboration, and Upstream Solutions


AMY Wellness Foundation has analyzed the results from our 2022 Regional Convening Meeting. Thanks to input from community members across Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey counties, we have changed our grantmaking and operational processes to continue to be aligned with community needs. Please review our updated funding priorities and grant policy for 2023.

Grant Categories

How to Apply?

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 Trew-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 that do not have a physical presence in one of our three counties
  • 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?

2023 Quarterly Grant Cycles

Competitive Applications

AMY Wellness Foundation will be moving to quarterly grant cycles. Applications will be accepted on the following schedule: 

Cycle one – open 1/1/2023 – 3/31/2023 

Cycle two – open 4/1/2023 – 6/30/2023

Cycle three – open 7/1/2023 – 9/30/2023

Cycle four – open 10/1/2023 – 12/31/2023

Decisions and funding will be distributed 30-45 days after each cycle closes.

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.

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. 

Cap Amount per Application

Grant applications related to Food, Mental Health, and Housing are capped at $50,000. Grant applications outside of those funding priorities are eligible to receive up to $10,000.   

Grantees may only receive funding once a year.

If a grant is awarded, a grantee can only seek one rollover request per the term of the grant.

Annual Designations per Grant Category

The Board has set annual designation amount of grant funding at $567,688 for 2023. 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.