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Sabbatical Program

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofit Leaders for Leaves of Absence to
Rest, Revitalize, and Thereby Renew Dedication to Nonprofit Work

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Deadline Date:

11/02/17 12:00 PM (Noon)


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Grants of $30,000 to North Carolina nonprofit organizational executives to provide salary compensation for three- to six-month leaves of absence. These "breaks" are intended to enable nonprofit leaders to rest and renew their energy through activities such as travel, study, reading, reflection, and exploring personal interests.

The Foundation hopes that sabbatical recipients will return recommitted to the challenges and rewards of public service and thus prolong their tenure in the nonprofit sector.

The awarded compensation ($30,000) provides the financial support necessary for sabbatical recipients to temporarily leave their place of employment. Additionally, $10,000 is provided to the recipient's organization for planning and transition expenses. Of the $10,000, at least $5,000 must go toward activities that will enhance the recipient’s entire organization. For example, staff retreats, team building exercises, mentoring opportunities, and/or other activities to support the staff.

Sabbatical recipients are selected annually based on a number of selection criteria, including the applicant’s professional accomplishments, evidence of the need for a sabbatical, potential for future contributions in his/her chosen field of work, and the difficulty of his/her work environment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154337

Number of Grants:

Up to 5

Estimated Size of Grant:

$30,000 to the individual grantee and $10,000 to his or her organization.

Term of Contract:

Recipients must begin their sabbaticals before April after the year of selection. Sabbaticals last three to six months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals in paid, full-time executive level positions, who have served their North Carolina nonprofit organizations for at least three years (two of which in an executive level position), are eligible to apply for a sabbatical.

If the organization serves the people of North Carolina (even if it also serves people of other states), and is based in this state, you are eligible for a sabbatical.

Preference is given to individuals with at least five years of experience with their organization.

This program is not intended for public school, college, university or government employees, hospital administrators or full-time clergy.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due November 2, 2017 by 12:00 PM noon.


Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

LaRita Bell, Sabbatical Coordinator
Phone: 336-725-7541, ext 103
Email contact form:

For technical difficulties:

Gloria Puckett
Phone: 336-725-7541, ext. 109

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina