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Community Investment

What Is Community Investment?

Mission Health has a long history of investing in the community, partnering with community-based programs and organizations that share its focus of addressing identified health needs.

In 2015, the Community Investment program was redesigned through a process led by community and Mission Health leaders to reflect the addition of member hospitals across the region and the expansion of our primary service areas. We invite you to learn more about our work and the community representatives and staff who help to facilitate Mission Health’s Community Investment program through the links at the right.

Community Investment Funding Process

Each year Mission welcomes investment proposals that offer innovative approaches with measurable results that address the priority focus areas outlined in the Community Health Needs Assessments. 

Based on the most recent priorities chosen around the region, Community Investment grant funding for fiscal year 2019 will support work in three focus areas:

  • Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse, recognizing the connection to Interpersonal Violence
  • Chronic Disease
  • Social Determinants of Health, focusing on homelessness and food insecurity

Collaborative Work

As Mission Health has grown from a local hospital to a regional health system, Community Investment is shifting to focus on work that has the broadest impact with the greatest potential to address health priorities and reduce disparities. Funding preference will be given to initiatives, rather than individual programs, and measurable work achieved through purposeful collaboration.

Critical Access for Vulnerable Populations

Mission Health will continue to support the work of organizations and agencies in western North Carolina improving access, eliminating disparities and providing services to vulnerable members of the community. This critical work improves prevention, reduces hospital stays and respects the dignity of residents who need the most support.


Community Investment accepts proposals from organizations whose programs impact the health improvement needs identified by the regional community health assessments listed above and who meet the following requirements:

  • Current 501(c)(3) status in good standing or status as a local government agency
  • Provides services and programs within Mission Health’s 18-county service area:






Deadlines and Application Process

Letter of Intent (LOI) accepted
LOI Notifications
Application Process opens
Application Process closes
Notification of Awards

February 26-March 9, 2018
April 2-4, 2018
April 6, 2018
April 20, 2018
September 2018


2018 Funded Agencies

All Souls Counseling Center | Accessible Counseling Services
Accessible Counseling Services for low-income and under-insured people
Bountiful Cities | Double Up Food Bucks
Pilot project to expand access to fresh, local produce
CARING for Children | ACE Caring Clinic
Assessment, counseling, and education for families without regard to ability to pay
FEAST | Community Garden Support Project
Support for community and school gardens and establishing garden evaluation processes
Haywood Street Congregation | Haywood Street Respite
Respite for homeless adults following hospital discharge
Helpmate | Preventing Intimate Partner Violence
Interpersonal violence prevention programming
Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina | Permanent Supportive Housing
Assessment of vulnerability of homeless and coordinated community response
MANNA Foodbank and the YMCA of Western North Carolina | Nutrition Works, Phase II
Collaboration integrating pantries and health care providers to connect vulnerable residents to nutritious foods
MemoryCare | MemoryCare
Support for older adults with cognitive impairment and their caregivers
Mountain Child Advocacy Center | Crisis Intervention Counseling for Child Victims of Abuse
Partners Aligned Toward Health (PATH) | Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force
Expanding community efforts to reduce substance abuse in Mitchell and Yancey counties
Pisgah Legal Services | Health Education and Legal Services (HEALS)
Legal advocacy to address non-medical barriers to health
REACH of Macon County | Domestic and Sexual Violence Community Health Initiative
Healthcare provider awareness training for domestic and sexual violence
Southern Reconciliation Ministries | Summer Food Program
Coordinated summer food program for low-income families in Yancey county
The Council on Aging of Buncombe County | Project Continuum CARE
Supporting older adults in managing care and maintaining independence
Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA) | PRAISE: Year 4
Health education and promotion in local minority church congregations
YWCA of Asheville and WNC | YWCA’s Preventive Health Program
Preventing and managing chronic disease through physical activity, healthy lifestyles, and community

How to Apply

For new applicants, access the Mission Health Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM) website by clicking the link below and create a new account. Previous grant recipients can follow the same link and log in with their existing account.

Click here to login or create an account

Once you have created a new account, select the 2019 Mission Health Community Investment Grants process to begin filling out the Letter of Intent form. You may save your work and return at a later time. In order to officially submit your LOI you must select “submit” at the bottom of the form.


If you have questions about this process or if you have technical difficulties with the GLM site, please email or call (828) 213-4199 to reach the Community Investment team.