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Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits for
Environmental Projects in Eligible Regions

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Triangle Community Foundation

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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations for environmental projects in eligible regions. Preference will be given to projects benefiting vulnerable populations. Funding is intended for a range of projects, including, but not limited to: education, advocacy, community activities, recreation, and agriculture. Projects should benefit Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake counties.

Projects may increase awareness of conservation (Awareness) or increase public land use for recreation, local agriculture, community conservation, education or similar activities that are consistent with land conservation and sustainability values (Public Benefit) without addressing climate or resilience and still be competitive. 

The goals and funding tactics for each program are outlined below. 

Awareness: Increase awareness of conservation and/or nature-based climate solutions

  • Fund education and communications around conservation and/or climate issues
  • Fund local advocacy efforts related to conservation and/or climate issues

Public benefit: Increase the use of land for community benefit and/or climate resilience

  • Fund efforts that increase public land use for recreation, local agriculture, community conservation, education or similar activities that are consistent with land conservation and sustainability values
  • Fund projects that address flooding, extreme heat, water shortage, or other issues that represent a climate-related threat, through nature-based strategies
Certain communities that have endured chronic stressors such as poverty and racial segregation are more vulnerable to impacts of climate change. So, preference will be given to projects that benefit communities who reflect “populations of concern” including communities of color, low-income groups, people with limited English proficiency (LEP), and immigrant groups.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154730

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations may apply at either the $10,000 or $25,000 funding level.

Term of Contract:

Awareness and Public Benefit grants will continue to be one year in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The Foundation invites 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake counties to apply. Religious congregations, governmental agencies, and organizations operating under fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit are eligible to apply when collaborating with a 501(c)(3) that meets all other criteria.
- Organizations must meet the Foundation’s non-discrimination policy.
- One application per organization, per grant program (Awareness, Public Benefit, Land Transaction), will be considered.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Call for proposals opens: Thursday, January 30, 2020
- Application Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020, at 11:45 pm
- Site Visits: April – May 2020
- Grantees Announced: June 2020
- Grant Period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021
- Final Grant Report: August 15, 2021

There is no minimum match required; however, applicants will be asked to share any additional funding that is requested or committed to the project.

If your organization has two distinct projects that are relevant to each program, your organization may submit two proposals, one to Awareness and one to Public Benefit. You may not submit that same project to both programs, however.

The online webinar information session will be posted on the URL for Full Text, below.

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

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Direct questions to:
Sarah Guidi
Program Officer
Phone 919.474.8370 ext: 4014

Triangle Community Foundation
PO Box 12729 Durham, NC 27709
800 Park Offices Dr, Suite 201, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

Phone: 919.474.8370
Fax: 919.941.9208

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