TVA AG & FORESTRY FUND SPONSORED BY: NCDA&CS
WNC COMMUNITIES is pleased to announce an
additional $230,000 will be available for distribution during 2014. The following are details on the fund,
eligibility and criteria, as well as details on how to submit a letter of intent. Please read this information carefully.
AREA OF FOCUS FOR
TVA Ag & Forestry Fund
will entertain proposals for innovative agriculture and forestry projects that
strengthen the agriculture and forestry industries by addressing energy needs,
sustainability, education/training, public outreach, economic development,
infrastructure enhancement or other projects that meet environmental
The grant program will
fund projects based in or directly benefiting the following counties in Western
North Carolina: Avery, Buncombe, Burke,
Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell,
Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.
In order to be
considered, projects submitted must satisfy the following criteria and
► Projects must relate
to agriculture and forestry as stated in the Area of Focus.
► Projects must be
submitted by a North Carolina based 501(c)3 or 501(c)5 non-profit, government
or public agency.
■ WNC Communities will not enter into contracts with university systems.
■ Organization must have been in
existence for at least 12 months prior
to submission date.
efforts are encouraged and may include for-profit entities; however, the
project must clearly benefit the mission of the non-profit, government or
public agency which will direct, report and serve as the fiscal agent
► Applicants may
request an amount with a maximum of $15,000 per project. Exceptions are
at the discretion of the Committee.
requested must not replace existing budgeted funds, reduced government
funding, and are not to be used for salaries for permanent staff,
administrative support, indirect support or overhead expenses.
Funding decisions will be completed in May 2014 for project costs incurred
after June 1, 2014
► Applicants may
propose more than one project; however, each project must be independent with a
separate budget and deliverables.
► Cost-share and/or
pass-through projects will not be considered.
Projects more likely
to gain favorable review and award will include:
► Proposed project to
be completed within 12 months of fully executed contract
■ Exceptions or extensions are
approved in advance by the Committee
► Applicant has a
proven history of managing project(s) similar in scope
► Projects that have a
long-term impact as opposed to an expedient temporary solution
► Demonstration of
in-kind contributions, matching funds or volunteer hours to contribute to the
success of the project
► Projects that have
in impact throughout the region to help ensure the overall grant program positively impacts eligible counties
LETTER OF INTENT
Deadline: A letter of intent must be submitted by Monday,
February 10, 2014 by 5:00 pm to email@example.com. Applicants will receive electronic
confirmation of receipt within 24 hours of submission during regular business
hours. If applicant has not received an
email confirmation, call 828-252-4783 to ensure the letter of intent was
CRITERIA:Submit by the deadline to WNC Communities a two page summary of your project
beginning with heading on the top left to include:
► Contact information (organization, name of lead
person, email, phone)
► Project title
► Grant request amount up to $15,000 and total cost of
► Location of project and area served
► BRIEF project summary
► Explanation of how the proposed project addresses
the Area of Focus
► Summary of project budget (major expenses) &
other funding sources
► Qualifications & experience of applicant in
managing similar projects
► Partners committed to working with applicant
Use the following
► MS Word or Adobe PDF (two pages only saved as one
► Plain paper, no letterhead, 12-point type, single line spacing, 1-inch margins