Dogwood Health Trust will accept applications for its Immediate Opportunities and Needs grants through Jan. 15. ION grants will support one-time, immediate needs or opportunities for 501(c)(3) organizations, tribal and government agencies.

Examples of need might be replacing a piece of equipment, repairs to a building or vehicle, or purchasing much-needed new computers or software. Examples of an opportunity might be hiring consultants to support strategic planning, fundraising plans or a special IT project.

“The work of nonprofit organizations and government agencies is unpredictable, especially when dealing with factors that contribute to the overall health and wellness of people,” said Brian Myers, chief strategy officer for Dogwood Health Trust. “Sometimes, an unexpected challenge arises that an organization might need an extra investment to overcome. Similarly, unexpected opportunities present themselves and organizations may need a little help to take full advantage of them. This is what the ION grants are for.”

Dogwood Health Trust will accept applications from any organization aligned with its work to improve health and wellness and address the social determinants of health in the region.

They have identified a goal of making at least one grant in each of the 18 counties and tribal lands within their service area, and they intend to allocate at least 30 percent of ION grants to proposals that advance equity or reduce disparities. Grants during the inaugural round of funding will range from $500 to $25,000.

ION grants are not designed to support ongoing programs or general operating expenses. ION grants will not be awarded for endowments, capital campaigns, political causes or candidates, advertising, debt retirement or activities or projects that have already been completed. By law, Dogwood Health Trust cannot make grants to individuals.

The ION grant application is short, simple and available online at dht.org/ION-grants. Grant applications are due Jan. 15 and funds will be distributed in early March. 

Reporting requirements are minimal; Dogwood Health Trust requests that recipients share their success stories in the hopes of inspiring others. For more information or to determine if an organization qualifies, contact IONgrants@dht.org.

For any technical difficulties while completing the online application, call 771-7983 for assistance.