About the Creating New Fund Economies Fund

Resourceful Communities’ small-grant program, the Creating New Economies Fund (CNEF), provides direct investment in community-based efforts. Seed money supports a range of projects: eco- and heritage tourism, youth conservation programs, farmers markets, alternative energy production and more. Additional information for applicants follows. Submit questions to smallgrants@conservationfund.org. 

A portion of CNEF funds is available to help rural United Methodist Churches (UMCs) strengthen food ministries. All UMCs are encouraged to contact Faith and Food Coordinator, Justine Post (jpost@conservationfund.org) or Aaron Hayworth (ahayworth@conservationfund.org) or Kathleen Marks (kmarks@consevationfund.org) to discuss potential projects. You can also email smallgrants@conservationfund.org with questions.


INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM

  • Click here to view important dates for the 2022 Creating New Economies Fund grant cycle.
  • Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions about the 2022 Creating New Economies Fund grant cycle.
  • Click here to view the Creating New Economies Fund's 2019 list of grantees.

TOOLS AND FORMS TO ASSIST CNEF APPLICANTS

  • SAMPLE APPLICATION: Click here to download a sample Word Version of our CNEF Application. Please note: you will still need to complete and submit your application online at: bit.ly/CNEF_2022.

  • TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE: Need help understanding the triple bottom line (CNEF Application Question #6), a requirement for all funded projects? Click here for more information.

  • MEASURING FOOD IMPACTS: If you are applying for a food-based project, click here for an evaluation guide to help you develop evaluation measures (CNEF Application Question #7).

  • OPERATING/ANNUAL BUDGET: We ask applicants to submit an organizational budget. A sample can be found here.

  • PROJECT BUDGETS

    - SAMPLE BUDGET: Click here for a sample completed budget.

    - IN-KIND SUPPORT: Please be sure to include non-cash support or in-kind support for your project. Learn more here


Working with a fiscal agent?

  • FISCAL AGENT OVERVIEW: If your organization is not a nonprofit and you are working with a fiscal agent:
    - Click here to learn more about fiscal agents.
  • SAMPLE MOU: Click here.


APPLY HERE

 



TOOLS AND FORMS FOR FAITH AND FOOD COALITIONS

Faith & Food Coalitions: Funding up to $20,000 is available for groups of three or more rural churches and/or faith-based organizations that are improving access to fresh and  local food for their communities. Priority will be given to rural communities and coalitions who partner with local farmers/aggregators.  Please note:  Coalitions of at least three churches, with one rural United Methodist Church, are eligible to apply.  If your coalition includes more than five churches, we have some flexibility on the total grant budget; please contact someone on our team to discuss.

  • Click here to apply*
  • Click here to download a sample Faith and Food Coalition application.
  • Click here to download the attestation required for online submittal.
  • Click here to download a sample Faith and Food Coalition budget.

*Church coalitions are encouraged to contact Faith and Food Coordinator, Aaron Hayworth (ahayworth@conservationfund.org) or Kathleen Marks (kmarks@conservationfund.org) to discuss potential projects. You can also email smallgrants@conservationfund.org with questions.


FOR PAST CNEF GRANTEES

  • Click here for the 2021 CNEF Grant Report Form.
  • Click here for the 2021 Covid Emergency Grant Final Report Form.

ADDItional RESOURCES FOR FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT


triple bottom line

  •  Need help understanding the triple bottom line, a requirement for all funded projects?  Click here for more information. 

 

Additional Resources

YOUTH GROUP RESOURCES

  • Here's a list of resources for youth-serving organizations in North Carolina. You can view a live document with organizatons and grant timelines here.

Virtual Trainings


background checks


Considerations for new community garden projects

  • Click here for some key questions to ask before digging in.

EVALUATION TOOL FOR GARDEN PARTNERS

  • Click here for practical steps and tools to evaluate the triple bottom line impacts of your garden program.
  • Watch this demonstration for help navigating the website.

GUIDE FOR LIMITED-RESOURCE FARMERS

  • Click here to learn more about technical assistance, business and legal, networking and learning, and financial assistance for limited-resource farmers

Triple Bottom Line

  • Need help understanding the triple bottom line, a requirement for all funded projects? Click here for more information.

PROJECT BUDGETS AND Working with a Fiscal Agent

  • If your organization is not a nonprofit and you are working with a fiscal agent:
    • Click here to learn more about fiscal agents.
    • Click here to download a sample Memorandum of Understanding.
    • Please be sure to include non-cash support or in-kind support for your project. Learn more here.
    • Questions about cashing checks? Download this helpful guide.

TRIED and tested Rural Health Ideas

  • Click here to visit Try This NC and learn about rural health initiatives from our partners

Corporate Giving Guide

  • Click here to learn about grants and giving programs available in NC and nationwide, including funding priorities and sample applications.