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Saluda Community Fund

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits and Local Agencies for
Projects to Improve the Quality of Life in Eligible Regions

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Polk County Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/09/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $8,000 to North Carolina nonprofit organizations and local agencies for community projects to improve the quality of life in eligible regions. Funding is intended for capital expenses, long lasting one-time projects, and special events. Past grants have been used for environmental initiatives, recreational enhancements, literacy campaigns, and cultural festivals. Projects must benefit the citizens of the City of Saluda.

The Saluda Community Fund is a permanent endowment fund, so funds will be available in perpetuity to award grants to benefit the Saluda community. Any gifts to the Saluda Community Fund will increase the grant budget by increasing the size of the endowment.

What types of grants may be awarded?

  • Civic events in Saluda which are open to residents of Saluda and may be attended by others as well.
  • Non-recurring expenses or capital projects like repairs to roofs, remodeling and the purchase of equipment which will last for some years (however, no more than one-half of the annual distribution should be awarded for the capital projects of any one organization).
  • Other special projects considered worthwhile by the Polk County Community Foundation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146008

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant is $8,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds must be spent within 12 months of the time of the award notification.
Applicants may request a longer grant period by indicating the need for an extension of time on the cover page.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- The Foundation awards grants to local charitable organizations that have been reviewed and approved by the Foundation’s committee and Board prior to consideration of any particular application.
- Organizations that are located in Saluda and serve the residents of Saluda may be eligible to apply.
- Saluda nonprofits, Saluda organizations supported by tax dollars, and other Saluda organizations engaged in charitable or civic projects to benefit Saluda residents may be eligible to apply.
- Local Polk County, North Carolina 501(c)(3) nonprofits and units of government that primarily serve the citizens of the community centered in Polk County. Saluda organizations are encouraged to apply for Saluda Community Fund grants.

Eligible Projects:
- Only 501(c)(3) nonprofits and local units of government are permitted to receive grants for permanent improvements to or acquisitions of buildings or land.

Ineligible Projects:
Grants are not normally awarded for expenses already incurred or for scholarships or monetary awards to be given by the applicant organization.

Grants will not be paid to organizations with overdue Final Grant Reports for previously awarded grants. The Foundation considers Final Grant Reports when awarding new grants.

The Community Foundation prohibits funding of political parties or candidates, lobbying, courtesy advertising, benefit tickets, fundraisers, telephone or other direct solicitations, and medical research.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: 2nd Cycle: June 9, 2020 at 11:59 PM

Application Certification: Schedule an appointment well in advance of the deadline with the Director of Grants. During the appointment, ask the Director of Grants to certify that the application has been turned in on time and is complete.

The deadlines listed are the last possible dates to submit applications. Applicants may set their own earlier deadlines, if the dates posted are inconvenient. Applications may be submitted as soon as they are available on the Foundation's website and in its offices.

Community events must occur six months or more after the application deadline to be eligible for funding.

Organizations with operating budgets over $3,000,000 must contact the Director of Grants for details about eligibility.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions and to schedule an Application Certification appointment:
Noah Woods
Director of Grants

Mail or Deliver Applications to:
Polk County Community Foundation
255 South Trade Street
Tryon, NC 28782

Tel: (828) 859- 5314
Fax: 828-859-6122

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: City of Saluda

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