WCMA GRANTS GUIDELINES
The Walnut Cove Members Association (WCMA) consists of Cliffs at Walnut Cove property owners who are interested in supporting local nonprofit organizations through membership in the WCMA. The WCMA raises money through dues, the Weekend of Giving, and a variety of other means. At the end of each year, the money in this fund is distributed to local 501(c)(3) charities, based on recommendations of the WCMA Grants Committee to the WCMA Board of Directors. Any member who is actively involved with a charity as a volunteer, committee member, or board member can act as a sponsor and submit a grant request on behalf of the organization as long as the organization meets the Board’s eligibility requirements.
It is the WCMA’s responsibility to be good stewards of members’ dues and generous donations by fairly distributing the funds to member-sponsored, local charitable organizations. This is the founding principal of the WCMA. By donating to the WCMA, members can collectively support these local charities and also our friends and neighbors within the community who generously give their time and support to these organizations. It offers members the opportunity to solicit support from their neighbors without having to initiate individual fundraisers and unites our membership in its effort to simultaneously show appreciation for its volunteers and for the local community.
Mission: The Grants Committee analyzes applications for grants, selects charities following the policies adopted by the Board of Directors of the WCMA, and recommends specific grant amounts to the WCMA Board. The Board makes the final determination and distributes the funds at the end of each year.
Focus Areas: WCMA grants will support programs that benefit communities in western North Carolina. Funding priority will be given to service projects that clearly relate to one of the following four focus areas:
Human Services: Support of programs that offer food, clothing, shelter or basic needs to underserved individuals.
Healthcare: Support of programs that provide healthcare services to those in need.
Education: Support of programs that enhance the educational success and advancement of deserving students.
Natural and Cultural Resources: Support of the region’s rich cultural resources, with an emphasis on education in the arts and environment.
While the WCMA recognizes that many strategies are important to improving the lives of people in western North Carolina, its membership wishes to focus on the four areas as defined above.
For all grantees, project objectives should demonstrate:
1. An identified need that will be met by the grant,
2. A significant impact on the community with an emphasis on the number of
3. Evidence that there is community support for the project,
4. Specifically stated objectives,
5. Financial sustainability of the grantee organization,
6. Adequate resources to implement the project, and
7. Oversight of the grantee organization by a Board of Directors or other entity.
Nonprofit organizations in western North Carolina that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code are eligible to become applicants.
These charitable organizations must not only be recommended by a WCMA member, but must also be an organization with which at least one member of the WCMA is actively engaged.
Furthermore, the organization must be based in western North Carolina. Any organization that discriminates on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, religion, national origin, physical ability, or any other characteristic protected by law will not be considered.
Applications for the following requests are discouraged and are unlikely to be funded:
– Capital improvements
– Individual scholarships
– Sectarian purposes
– Deficit funding
– Private schools
– Private clubs
– Sports teams
– Salaries and other administrative expenses (except those used to implement the specific project funded by WCMA)
– Re-granting organizations; i.e., an organization that is not executing the specific program but using the grant money to fund another nonprofit organization
Organizations may not submit more than one WCMA grant application per year. The Grants Committee may make an exception if the money will be used for two entirely different projects within two different departments. Grant requests should not exceed $10,000 per application.
Based on the amount of money we have in our general fund each year, the WCMA may not be able to fund all applicants.