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

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Polk County Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/09/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations and local government agencies for projects and programs that benefit the community in eligible regions. Funding is intended for activities that meet the evolving needs of the community and improve the quality of life for the residents of Polk County.

The Unrestricted Funds of the Polk County Community Foundation serve a particularly important purpose because they allow the Board of Directors the freedom to develop grantmaking programs and award grants to address the needs of the community as they change over time. Donations of all sizes become part of the general Unrestricted Fund when donors instruct the Community Foundation to use their donations “to help in any way” or “at the discretion of the Board."

Unrestricted grants are awarded to fund a variety of projects of value to the community. Many Polk County organizations are eligible for grants to support capital expenses. Unrestricted grants fund clearly defined projects and programs that contribute to the community in a meaningful way. The committee always enjoys learning more about the ways organizations use their unique expertise to serve the community with beneficial programs and projects. Grant proposals are accepted from Polk County nonprofits and local governmental agencies who share the Foundation’s goal of improving the quality of life for all in the local community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159147

Estimated Size of Grant:

$100,000 per cycle, plus additional funds as available.

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Which organizations may 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.
- Organizations with operating budgets over three million dollars must contact the Foundation's Director of Grants for details about eligibility.
- The grant process is competitive and funds are limited. Organizations may apply, whether they receive funding or not, for grants in future grant cycles for the same project.
- 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.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines: 1st Cycle: January 21; 2nd Cycle: June 9
Required Interviews: March 16-18 (1st cycle); August 31-Sept. 2 (2nd cycle)
Grant Decisions Available: April 24 (1st cycle); October 23 (2nd cycle)

For additional information concerning this grant application, please contact Noah Wood, Director of Grants. It is recommended that Applicants schedule a meeting with Noah Wood well in advance of the grant deadline, so that the Foundation has a chance to work together with Applicants to identify projects important to their organizations that fit the Foundation’s grant criteria.

Application Certification: Applicants may schedule an appointment well in advance of the deadline with the Foundation's Director of Grants. During the appointed time, Applicants may ask the Director of Grants to certify that the application has been turned in on time and is complete.

Interview: Applicants that meet eligibility requirements for funding may be scheduled for a short interview with a Foundation committee in order to become more familiar with the organization and project. Organizations may send one or two people to briefly explain the proposed project and answer questions regarding the application.


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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.

Noah Wood
Director of Grants

Polk County Community Foundation
255 South Trade Street
Tryon, NC 28782

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