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Posted on: May 11, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Golden Leaf Initiative


Davidson County municipal governments and 501(c)(3) organizations are invited to participate in the Golden LEAF Foundation’s Community-Based Grants Initiative (CBGI). This initiative is part of a regional effort by the Golden LEAF Foundation as it seeks innovative projects throughout the Piedmont-Triad Prosperity Zone.

Projects should focus on investments in the building blocks of economic growth, and must address job creation and economic investment, agriculture, and/or workforce preparedness.

A total of $11 million is available to support projects in the region. Awards are limited to no more than three projects in any county and may total no more than $1.5 million in any county. Funds may also be awarded for regional projects (see information below), which will not count toward the limit of projects in a county.

County managers serve a key role in the process. Each county manager will submit projects for feedback by Golden LEAF and later endorse up to four projects for funding consideration. Only projects that have been endorsed will be eligible to submit an application for consideration by the Golden LEAF Board of Directors. 

For Davidson County Organizations seeking local funding consideration, the following criteria apply for project endorsement by the County Manager:

Submit your project proposal using the Golden LEAF Community-Based Grants Initiative Projects Worksheet.   All submissions should be to mailed to the Davidson County Manager’s Office, Davidson County Government, 913 Greensboro Street, Lexington, NC  27292. Include the following in your worksheet request:

  • Organization name, address, contact information – contact name, email, and phone number
  • Include the focus area you are seeking to fund
    1. Job Creation and Economic Development
    2. Agriculture
    3. Workforce Preparedness
  • The amount of funds you seek from the Golden LEAF Foundation’s CBGI including your organization’s contribution (if applicable) (direct funding/cash or in-kind)
  • Briefly describe your project (limit project descriptions to 2 typed pages per project submission)
  • DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  Wednesday, June 21, 2023 by close of business for “County Manager Endorsed” projects

Regional Projects - Regional projects are not subject to the county manager endorsement process but must discuss the project with Golden LEAF staff to ensure it meets the regional project eligibility requirements. 

Regional projects must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Collaboration of entities in at least three counties 
  • Collaboration outside of traditional service area

Use the link below to learn more about this initiative.

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