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North Carolina

In North Carolina, First Horizon Foundation provides grants to eligible nonprofits in the following cities and regions: Asheville, Charlotte, Fayetteville, the Sandhills, the Triad (Winston-Salem/Greensboro), the Triangle (Raleigh/Cary, Durham, Chapel-Hill) and surrounding areas.

Organizations we’ve supported in North Carolina include:

Appalachian Theatre of the High Country

Located in the heart of downtown Boone, the Theatre is a 1930s Art Deco landmark that was all but demolished in 2011. Appalachian Theatre is working to restore the building to its former glory and create an arts and entertainment hub in the North Carolina High Country, and our foundation has contributed to the restoration efforts.

Inter-faith Food Shuttle

North Carolina is the 10th hungriest state in the U.S., and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle helps serve more than 60,000 adults and children struggling with hunger each month across its seven county service area. First Horizon Foundation contributed to the organization’s “Backpack Buddies” program, which provides backpacks filled with food to children during school breaks and summer.

Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte

Our support helps Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte continue to provide safe and affordable housing for families of children receiving treatment in Charlotte-area medical facilities.

Marbles Kids Museum

First Horizon Foundation provided a grant to expand the Raleigh museum’s financial literacy exhibit, “Polly’s Professional Pet Care.” The exhibit helps bring financial education to life for children of all ages in a bright, interactive play space.

Green Opportunities

Green Opportunities’ mission is to train, support and connect people from marginalized communities in Asheville and Buncombe County to sustainable employment pathways by offering a combination of technical training, life skills training, industry-recognized credentials and personalized support services. Our grant was used to help Workplace Training Graduates prepare for their first day of work at their new jobs.

Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina

Our Foundation’s support helps Homeward Bound serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness in western North Carolina. By providing housing and support, the organization seeks to end homelessness and has helped nearly 2,000 individuals move into permanent housing since 2006. In addition, First Horizon Bank employees volunteer with the organization by serving meals at Room in the Inn, the nonprofit’s shelter-to-home program for women experiencing homelessness in Asheville.


Timeline 2020 for grants applications:

  • October 28, 2019 – Grant application process opens
  • January 17, 2020 – Application deadline
  • March 31, 2020 – Grant awards announced

Foundation grants are not provided to or for:

  • Individuals
  • Trips and Tours
  • Solely religious, social or fraternal organizations
  • Charities that redistribute funds to other charitable organizations, except in the case of recognized united fund-type organizations
  • K-12 schools
  • Political organizations or those having the primary purpose of influencing legislation or promoting a particular ideological point of view
  • Operating budget deficits

Questions? Please contact the representative for your area below:

Region Phone Email
Asheville 828-277-4507 Peter Best
Northwest NC 828-263-5384 Jason Triplett
All other areas 803-548-9279 Rick Manley

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