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Kirby Endowment Fund - Competitive Grants

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofit Organizations
and Agencies in Eligible Communities for Public Events

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Polk County Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/23/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible regions for free public events. Funding is intended for civic, educational, or recreational events that encourage social interaction. Proposed initiatives must benefit the residents of Polk County.

Kirby Civic Events Fund: Grants shall be awarded to one or more community organizations in support of enjoyable civic events in the Tryon area.

Kirby Harmon Field Youth Activities Fund: Grants shall be awarded to support sports and recreational activities oriented toward the development of teamwork and good citizenship among the youth in the area. The events must be free to the public and held at Harmon Field. Materials and minor capital improvements may be part of the fund request, if they are a part of the activity. 

Kirby Rogers Park Fund: Grants shall be awarded to support entertaining, educational and innovative events at the Gibbs Amphitheater at Rogers Park. The events must be free to the public unless donations or admissions charges are used to help pay for the event and all revenues collected in excess of expenses are returned to the Rogers Park Fund. 

Events must be free. The Kirbys have defined “free” to mean the following:

  1. Event attendees may not be asked for contributions.
  2. The event may not include the sale of food, or merchandise, or charges for entertainment
  3. Gifts of merchandise and money as well as volunteers are most welcome to defray additional costs beyond those covered by the grant. However, the giver must remain anonymous, so that the event in no way becomes a marketing venture. (Note: this means that Kirby events cannot recognize other sponsors.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159148

Term of Contract:

Grant funds must be spent within 12 months of the time of the award notification. You may request a longer grant period by indicating the need for an extension of time on the cover page.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are Polk County, North Carolina 501(c) (3) nonprofits and units of government that primarily serve the citizens of the community centered in Polk County.

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications due by June 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
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The Foundation awards grants to local charitable organizations that have been reviewed and approved by the Foundation’s committee and Board prior to consideration of any particular application. Please contact the Foundation with questions about your organization’s eligibility to apply for grants.

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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.

For additional information concerning this or other grant applications, or help with your unique
situation, please contact Noah Wood, Director of Grants.

255 South Trade
Street, Tryon, NC
Phone: 828-859-5314;
Email: grants

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