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Grants to North Carolina Nonprofit Leaders for Salary Compensation During Leaves of Absence

Sabbatical Program


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Funding Source
Z. Smith Reynolds (ZSR) Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: North Carolina

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/02/21 Noon Save

Grant Description
Grants of $30,000 to North Carolina nonprofit organizational executives to provide salary compensation during a leave of absence. Funding is intended to enable nonprofit leaders to rest and renew their energy through activities such as travel, study, reading, reflection, and exploring personal interests. Recipients are expected to be released from their organizational obligations during their sabbatical and to return to their organizations for at least the same length of time as their sabbatical.

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 provides the financial support necessary for sabbatical recipients to temporarily leave their place of employment. Additionally, funds are provided to the recipient's organization for planning and transition expenses. Of these funds, 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.


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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.

For the 2021-2022 Sabbatical application year, the Foundation is allowing applications from eligible applicants who are experiencing a reduction in work due to COVID-19, but have still worked at least 35 hours/week (full-time) during the 24 months prior to March 2020 and have been employed with the same organization for the past three years. Preference is given to individuals with at least five years of experience with their organization.

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
The deadline to apply for a 2021-2022 Sabbatical is November 2, 2021, at 12:00 pm (noon).

Ten finalists are selected to meet with the Committee in January/February either virtually or in-person and award recipients are announced in February.

Those selected must attend one and a half-day pre-sabbatical and post-sabbatical retreats.


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
If you are awarded a sabbatical for 2022, the sabbatical must begin before April 2023. The sabbatical must last for one continuous period of three to six months.

Contact Information
Register and apply online:

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

For technical difficulties:
Beth Priddy
336-725-7541, ext. 109.

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
102 W Third St. Suite 1110.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Toll-free. 1.800.443.8319
Phone. 336.725.7541

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