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Community Enrichment Grant

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Schools to Benefit Outer Banks Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Outer Banks Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/26/18 11:59 PM EST (Midnight)


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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies to meet local needs and enrich the quality of life for the people of the Outer Banks region. Applicants are encouraged to contact program staff at least one week prior to the deadline.

The Foundation’s service area includes all of Dare County, and all Outer Banks communities, from Corolla to Ocracoke Island. The Foundation does not currently award Community Enrichment Grants for projects targeting mainland Hyde or mainland Currituck.

Eligible program areas include arts and culture, animal welfare, children and/or youth, disaster relief or prevention, education, the environment, health, historic preservation or interpretation, and other human services.

Community Enrichment Grants are also awarded to build the capacity of a charitable organization serving the Outer Banks, with a goal of enhancing that nonprofit’s long-term effectiveness, financial stability, and/or program quality—in short, its ability to meet its mission and sustain its programs. Examples might include computer systems, strategic planning, and/or purchase of facility space.

Program scholarship grants are periodically awarded. There are grants to a nonprofit to enable that organization to offer need-based program scholarships (i.e., program fee subsidies) to individuals or families with financial or other hardship. The scholarships/subsidies should offset or reduce the participation fees that the nonprofit would normally charge for an enrichment program such as a day camp, educational offering, and/or after-school program.

Priority will be given to projects and organizations that:

- Involve or benefit a broad segment of our community.
- Provide an innovative approach to addressing area needs.
- Either initiate new projects or programs to influence beneficial change, or fill gaps, or address urgent community needs.
- Attract additional funding from other sources.
- Promote an organization’s financial sustainability.
- Promote collaboration and efficiencies amongst multiple organizations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167423

Term of Contract:

Community Enrichment Grants are intended to reimburse an organization for its expenses and should be used within one year from the grant award date. If awarded funds may be left unspent at the end of 12 months, the grant recipient may contact the Community Foundation to request a grant extension. Otherwise, unspent funds will be returned to the endowment.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any 501(c)3 organization is eligible to apply for a Community Enrichment Grant, as are other tax-exempt organizations for charitable projects that meet a public need, in accordance with IRS guidelines.

Occasionally, schools and government agencies will be considered for Community Enrichment Grants, if it is demonstrated that financial support is not available from other sources. Please call staff before applying.

Community Enrichment Grants are never awarded to individuals.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation will consider Community Enrichment Grants to faith-based and religious entities for projects that address the needs of the wider community. The Foundation will not award Community Enrichment Grants for projects that primarily seek to promote religious beliefs or attempt to recruit new members to a particular religion. Please call staff before applying.

Generally not supported:

-Annual operating expenses or salaries (see the FAQ for further definition).
-Programs or projects that are typically supported by government or other charities, unless it is demonstrated that funding is not available from other sources.
-Direct or grassroots lobbying.
-Organizations that have a current, outstanding grant with the Community Foundation, unless special circumstances apply.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, or disability.

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation recommends that you make contact before starting your application, and at least one week in advance of the application deadline.

If you are requesting $5,000 or less, and your organization has received — and successfully completed — a Community Enrichment Grant from us within the past three years (36 months), you may be eligible to use the EZ App — a shorter and easier grant application. The EZ App runs on the same deadline as our full application, and will be reviewed on the same timeframe. However, before you can access the EZ App, your request must first be pre-approved for the EZ App by program staff. Not all grant projects will be eligible. Please contact staff before applying.

2018 Application deadlines are the following Fridays: January 26, April 27, July 27, and October 26.

Grants are usually awarded by the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors on the first (or, sometimes, the second) Thursday of every March, June, September, and December.

Any application received by January 26, 2018 will have its decision by March 8, 2018.

More information:

Contact Information:

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

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Contact form:

Outer Banks Community Foundation
13 Skyline Road
Southern Shores, NC 27949

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: All of Dare County, and all Outer Banks communities, from Corolla to Ocracoke Island (not including mainland Hyde or mainland Currituck)