The purpose of Golden LEAF is to fund projects that promise to bring significant economic improvement to the tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities of North Carolina. The Golden LEAF Foundation is committed to using the funds entrusted to it for projects that show the most potential for strengthening North Carolina's long-term economy, especially in tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities.
Golden LEAF currently has two programs open to eligible entities seeking grants:
Golden LEAF has also identified types of requests which typically are of low priority in its Open Grants Program. These include:
Other important factors to consider when applying:
Eligible applicants are 501 (c)(3) non-profits and governmental entities across North Carolina.
Deadlines vary based on program area.
Award amounts vary. In the Open Grants Program, grants are not expected to exceed $200,000. There are no maximum grant amounts in the Economic Catalyst program.