Gateway Grants

Through intentional partnerships and collaborations, Gateway Wellness Foundation invests in programs, initiatives, and organizations that promise to improve the health and well-being of residents in Burke, McDowell, Polk, and Rutherford Counties.

Our mission is to address the social determinants of health in western North Carolina. One way we do this is by providing funding to organizations whose work aligns with our mission.

Gateway’s 2023 grant cycle is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied!

Award notifications will be made in November 2023.

More information is available below. You may direct your questions to Sarah Morse at [email protected].

What We Fund

We invest our grantmaking dollars in projects that work to support and uplift underserved and marginalized communities and people.  Gateway is inviting proposals that focus on access to health care, childhood development, education, food insecurity, and housing.  We have also included a “Special Projects” category.  Please read below for more information on these focus areas and examples of the kinds of proposals we may fund.  

Access to Health Care

Childhood Development



Food Insecurity

Special Projects

Application Process

Gateway Wellness Foundation is no longer accepting applications for our 2023 grant cycle. We appreciate the time and effort of all those who applied. We are reviewing those applications now. 

Grant award notifications will be made in November 2023.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for funding, the organization:  

  1. Must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) or governmental entity, and
  2. Serve the residents of Burke, McDowell, Polk, and/or Rutherford Counties.
We are currently unable to fund:
  1. Individuals
  2. Political purposes, including lobbying
  3. Out-of-area projects 
  4. Grants prohibited by IRS regulations

Questions? Please contact Sarah Morse, Director of Programs & Grants: [email protected].