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The Golden Leaf Foundation




The Foundation is committed to supporting projects that bolster North Carolina’s long-term economy, especially in tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities. The Foundation has two programs open to grant seekers. The Open Grants program places high priority on the areas of agriculture, job creation and retention, and workforce preparedness. Agriculture grants seek to encourage value-added processing projects, market expansion, and projects targeting alternative crops, livestock, and aquaculture. Job creation and retention projects include efforts to create opportunities for employment with new and existing businesses in tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities, particularly in the health care sector. Workforce preparedness grants focus on efforts to train workers in tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities for identified job opportunities, especially in innovative sectors such as advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and alternative energy. In addition to its Open Grants Program, the Foundation is developing special initiatives in the areas of agriculture and aerospace workforce development. The Economic Catalyst Cycle is a program that focuses on job creation and/or retention projects associated with business locations or expansions in North Carolina that are at risk without participating Golden Leaf funding. Additional information can be found on the Web site.

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