TVA AG & FORESTRY FUND 2015
WNC Communities is pleased to announce the TVA Ag & Forestry Fund is currently accepting letters of intent until February 18, 2015.
Area of Focus:
TVA Ag & Forestry Fund was created 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 improvement standards.
The grants 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 expectations:
must relate to agriculture and forestry as stated above.
must be submitted by a North Carolina based 501(c)3 or 501(c)5
non-profits, government or public agency.
Communities will not enter into contracts with university
must have been in existence for at least 12 months prior to submission
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
may request an amount with a maximum of $25,000 per project. Any
exceptions are at the discretion of the TVA Ag & Forestry Fund
requested must not replace existing budgeted funds or reduced
may propose more than one project; however, each project must be
independent with a separate budget and deliverables.
share and/or pass through projects will not be considered.
Projects more likely to gain favorable review and award will
include the following:
that have a multi county impact to help ensure the overall grant program
positively impacts eligible counties
project to be completed within 12 months of fully executed contract
or extensions must be approved in advance by the Committee
has a proven history of managing project(s) similar in topic and/or scope
that have a long-term impact as opposed to an expedient temporary solution
of in-kind contributions, matching funds or volunteer hours to contribute
to the success of the project
IMPORTANT: The application process will be highly
competitive because total funding available for the 2015 grant distribution is
approximately $175,000. Funds will be
available for projects to begin on or after May 11, 2015.
LETTER OF INTENT
Deadline: A letter
of intent must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday,
February 18, 2015 by 5:00 pm. 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 received.
Letter of Intent Criteria:
Submit by the deadline to WNC Communities a two page summary of your project with 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 $25,000 and total
cost of project
if grant awarded, funds will be available for expenses on or after May 11
► Location of project and area served
Additional narrative to include:
► BRIEF project summary
► Explanation of how the proposed project
“Area of Focus for the Fund”
► Summary of project budget (major expenses)
& other funding sources
►Include an impact statement of your project in measureable terms (For
example: number of farmers, number
of acres, amount of additional income, etc.)
► Qualifications & experience of applicant
in managing similar projects
► Partners committed to working with applicant
Use the following format:
► MS Word or Adobe PDF (two pages only saved as
► 12-point type, single line spacing, 1-inch
► Use plain paper instead of letterhead, no
salutation or signature necessary