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Community Grantmaking
(Education; Arts; Historical Preservation; Recreation; Environment; Animal; Health; Youth Development; Human Services)

North Carolina Community Foundation

Funding Amount

$500 minimum

Matching Funds

Funding Cycle

Varies by County


The community grantmaking program funds a broad range of purposes to meet local needs that include:
- Education
- Human services
- Basic needs
- Arts
- Historical preservation
- Health
- Recreation
- Youth development
- Environment welfare
- Animal welfare

Who Can Apply

An organization must meet the following criteria to apply:
- Organizations must be qualified as tax-exempt public charities under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be classified as a unit of local government (including public schools). An exception is made to include fire and rescue departments
- If your organization operates as a 501 (c)(3) public charity via a fiscal agent, your application's supporting documentation must include a letter from the fiscal agent organization that verifies the relationship and includes when the relationship was established
- Religious entities, including churches, congregations and other houses of worship, and/or faith-based organizations whose core functions/operations promote religious doctrine or are restricted to members of a particular faith may apply for funding to support social outreach and charitable service programs to benefit the community-at-large, but they may not apply for general operating support
- Only those organizations that serve the counties within our affiliate network will be considered. If an organization serves multiple counties within our network, that organization may complete a separate application for each of those affiliates
- Organizations must offer programs and services without discrimination based on age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief

Additional Eligibility Requirements

Sample of Application:

To apply, select the county that your nonprofit organization serves on. The affiliate tab is found at the bottom of the website

Additional Information

The network of local affiliates is organized by region. Each region has a program officer who supports the facilitation of the community grantmaking program. Contact your NCCF's Program Officers

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