The Community-Based Grantsmaking Initiative (CBGI) is now active in the North Central Regional Prosperity Zone. The Initiative was launched in the summer of 2013 as a continuation of the Golden LEAF Foundation, Inc. community-based grantsmaking and as a response to completion of the Community Assisistance Initiative. The Foundation will invite counties to apply to participate in the initiative by region. The initiative is competitive, but all counties within a designated region will have an opportunity to apply. The Edgecombe County manager will be accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI’s) for Edgecombe County. Other counties in the North Central Region are Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, Warren, and Wilson.
The Initiative is designed to identify those projects that are ready for implementation and have the potential to have a significant impact. It is a focused process with grants targeted toward investments in the building blocks of economic growth. Grants are limited to projects that address economic development, agriculture, education, workforce development, infrastructure, and health care infrastructure. Grant awards will be limited to 1-3 projects per county, and total no more than $1.5 million per county. A 20% match is required. Not all counties will have funded projects.
The Edgecombe County Manager will serve as a key liaison of the process, and will submit a slate of projects for consideration. However, projects do not have to be administered or implemented by county government. All counties in the invited region can submit a slate of projects to be reviewed; however, not all counties will be invited to submit full proposals for this initiative, and not all submitted projects will be funded.
Edgecombe County Government will be accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for the Community-Based Grantsmaking Initiative (CBGI) until 5:00 p.m. on October 6, 2017. For more information, or to receive a copy of the Request of Letter of Inquiry, visit our website at. edgecombecountync.gov, or contact out Grants Administrator, Ms. Helen Bowens at (252) 824-1842.