Funding Opportunity

--Please Note: This funding opportunity is for invited applicants--


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.

Considering the extraordinary 2021 state allocation of American Rescue Plan funding that will soon be available to most of the tribes in North Carolina, the Foundation engaged tribal leaders to understand their current needs and visions for the future. These conversations 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.

Available Funding

The Blue Cross NC Foundation is issuing this four-year funding opportunity to support American Indian infrastructure and capacity to enhance their ability to advance their vision for a healthy community. Additionally, this funding opportunity will support intertribal collaboration to foster shared learning and deeper connections for future work together.

  • $400,000 over four years ($100,000 paid each year)

In addition to this direct funding opportunity, we will invite grantees 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.

Eligible Organizations

  • 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)

Additional Eligibility Considerations

  • Grantees for this funding opportunity must be nonprofit organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Organizations of all sizes (large and small) are eligible. There is no minimum organizational budget requirement.




Next Steps Date(s)
Funding Opportunity Announced April 14, 2022
Informational Webinar (Step 1) May 3, 2022,  9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Proposal Development Conversations (Step 2)         May 4 – May 25, 2022

Organizational and budget submissions due through web portal (Step 3) June 15, 2022
Grantee notification and announcement July 2022



On Tuesday, May 3 from 9:30 – 11:00a.m., the Blue Cross NC Foundation will host a webinar to discuss this funding opportunity and answer prospective applicants' questions.  A recording of the webinar will be posted on this page shortly after, for those who cannot attend.


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