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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:

10/25/19 11:59 PM EDT (Midnight)


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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies to address needs and improve lives in Dare County and the Outer Banks. Applicants must contact the staff before submitting a proposal. 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. The Foundation also periodically includes award program scholarship grants.

Funding is intended to reimburse the direct costs of a charitable project or program. Examples of expenses that may be covered are art supplies, medical equipment, educational materials, vehicles, program staff. The Foundation will also periodically award program scholarship grants, which 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 Foundation will also provide funding to build the capacity of a charitable organization. For more information on funding view the guidelines in URL for Full Text.

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.

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:

Grant Payments: 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.

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.

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.

Community Enrichment Grants are generally not awarded for:
- Regular operating expenses (see FAQ for further definition).
- Wages for management and/or fundraising for the general organization. (Program staff wages, however, are now eligible for inclusion.)
- Employee benefits or overhead.
- 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are encouraged to contact program staff at least one week prior to the deadline.

- 2019 deadlines are the following Fridays: January 25, April 26, July 26, and October 25.
- Decision Date are the following Thursdays: March 14, June 6, September 5, December 5
- The next application deadline is Friday, April 26, 2019, 11:59 pm EDT (Midnight). All applications received by that date will have their decision by June 6, 2019.
- 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.

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, you may be eligible to use the EZ App a shorter and easier grant application. For more information view URL for Full Text for the grant guidelines.

Before applying, review these guidelines and the FAQ page:
For additional application information:

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

For questions or to discuss your application:
Lorelei Costa, Executive Director
F 252-261-0371

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)