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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
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Geographic Focus
USA: North Carolina

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/03/23 Noon Save

Grant Description
Grants of $30,000 to North Carolina executives in nonprofit organizations 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. Sabbatical funds may be spent in any way that leads to the rejuvenation and self-revitalization of the nonprofit leaders who participate in the program.

Sabbaticals offer individuals the opportunity to primarily focus on their personal needs and solely devote themselves to self-revitalization. The awarded compensation provides the financial support necessary to temporarily leave one’s place of employment. It is the Foundation’s hope that sabbatical recipients return recommitted to the challenges and rewards of public service and thus prolong their tenure in the not-for-profit 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.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Individual candidates for this program should:
- Be in paid, full-time, executive-level positions at a North Carolina nonprofit.
- Have served their North Carolina nonprofit organization for at least three years, two of which were in an executive-level position. Preference is given to individuals with at least five years of service with their organization.

If your 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.

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

Pre-Application Information
Applications for the 2024 Sabbatical Program are currently open. The deadline to apply is November 3, 2023, at noon ET.

Ten finalists will be selected to meet with the Committee in February, and up to five awards will be announced in late February. Recipients must begin their sabbaticals before April after the year of selection.


Number of Grants
Up to 5

Estimated Size of Grant
$40,000: $30,000 to the individual grantee and $10,000 to his or her organization to their organization to help prepare for the sabbatical recipient to take time away.

Of the $10,000, at least $5,000 must go toward activities that will enhance the recipient’s entire organization

Term of Contract
If you are awarded a sabbatical in 2024, the sabbatical must begin before April 2025. The sabbatical must last for one continuous period of three to six months.

Those selected must attend a pre-sabbatical and post-sabbatical retreat. Each retreat lasts for one and a half days.

Contact Information
Register and apply online:

For technical questions:
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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