Welcome Grantees

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation welcomes as grantees 13 North Carolina-based tribal nations, urban Indian organizations, and a native-led nonprofit organization.

North Carolina has the largest American Indian population east of the Mississippi River and the eighth largest in the United States. Tribal nations in North Carolina are diverse and have vibrant and strong cultures and communities. American Indians throughout the state showed innovation and strength during COVID-19, yet the pandemic has disproportionately impacted them due to long-standing health inequities. Investment in the health and well-being of tribal communities across the state is critical.

Through the funding opportunity "Supporting American Indian Capacity to Improve Health," this investment aims to support tribal organizations' infrastructure and capacity to enhance their ability to advance their vision for health.

"We value this opportunity to partner with, invest in, and support the self-determination of many tribal communities and organizations across the state supporting health and well-being of American Indians throughout North Carolina," said Program Officer, Marquita Mbonu.

Conversations with tribal leaders to understand their current needs and visions for the future informed this funding opportunity which seeks to strengthen tribal infrastructure and capacity with the understanding that these are critical components of Tribal self-governance, a cornerstone of long-term tribal health and wellness.

Each grantee is receiving $400,000 over four years. In addition, each is invited to participate in a grantee-driven “Learning Collaborative” coordinated by a culturally competent Native consultant for the purpose of information exchange, mutual support, coordination, and collaboration, and connecting to Foundation-supported technical assistance.

Grantees Include:

  • Coharie Indian Tribe
  • Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
  • Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe
  • Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
  • Meherrin Indian Tribe
  • Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation
  • Sappony
  • Waccamaw Siouan Tribe
  • Cumberland County Association for Indian People
  • Guilford Native American Association
  • Metrolina Native American Association
  • Triangle Native American Society
  • Tuscarora Nation of North Carolina (Not a state or federally recognized tribe)



About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation is a private, charitable foundation established as an independent entity by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina in 2000. Over the past two decades, the organization has worked with - and supported - nonprofit organizations, government entities, and community partnerships across the state, investing $190 million into North Carolina through nearly 1,300 grants. Within its focus areas of early childhood, healthy communities, healthy food, and oral health, the Foundation strives to address the key drivers of health, taking a flexible approach designed to meet identified needs in partnership with the community. Learn more at