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Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants in the Arts and Human Services

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits for
Arts and Human Services Projects

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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John William Pope Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/15/20 Postmarked. Online submissions must be made by 11:59 PM.


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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations for projects in the areas of human services and the arts. Funding is intended to support specific innovative projects and may be used for equipment, technology, new or existing capital improvements, and program development and execution.

The Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant Program is an annual competitive grant opportunity for organizations in the arts and human services. Through this grant, the foundation seeks to foster innovation and model solutions across the Tar Heel State. 

Regardless of what the project does, the end result should be a quantifiable gain for the organization and the people it serves. An innovative project would likely be one or more of the following:

  • A project that is an entirely new creation.
  • A project that addresses how things could be done better (improving processes, procedures, equipment, facilities, etc.).
  • A project that addresses how things could be done differently (expanding what is done to reach new populations).

There are two types of grants - the Joy W. Pope Grant in the Arts and the Joy W. Pope Grant in Human Services.

 Joy W. Pope Grant in the Arts:

The Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts is designed to recognize innovative projects in visual arts, performing arts, and literary arts that ultimately serve the greater community.  

 Joy W. Pope Grant in Human Services:

The Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services is designed to recognize innovative projects across all spectrums of human service work (but not medical research). The John William Pope Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations who address both immediate needs (for example, hunger) and long-term needs (for example, learning opportunities). Ultimately, restoring people in crisis and shining a light on pathways to self-betterment ensures that future generations have the opportunity to prosper, both economically and socially. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 162951

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

This year’s funding will award a grant to one or more projects. (The foundation may issue one, two, or more grants.)

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations are encouraged to apply for any amount of funding needed between $25,000 – $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects should be completed by the end of 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any 501(c)3 charitable organization in good standing with the IRS, based in North Carolina, and serving the State’s residents is eligible to apply.

Proposed projects should not entirely consist of general operating support.

Proposed projects should not be requests for endowment contributions.

Human Services grants are not intended for medical research.

Pre-Application Information:


- Applications accepted: June 15 – September 15, 2020
- Committee review: September 15 – December 1, 2020
- Board makes final decisions: December 2020
- Selected organization notified and grant issued: January 2021
- Public announcement: Early 2021
- Final report from selected organization due: January 2022


- The online application will be open to submissions until 11:59 pm on the deadline date.
- Applications submitted via mail must be postmarked by the deadline date.

The selected organizations’ president/CEO will be notified by phone around January 15, 2021. Organizations whose projects are not selected for funding will receive mailed notification by February 15, 2021.

Organizations are limited to one project-specific proposal.

Contact Information:

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

Applications can be submitted online or by mail (please choose one method only):

- To apply online:

- To apply by mail, send to:
John William Pope Foundation
Attn: Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant
4601 Six Forks Road
Ste 300
Raleigh, NC 27609

For questions or more information, please email or call 919-871-3329.

Lindsay Hollandsworth
Communications Director and Program Officer for Human Services and Arts

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