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Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits and Faith-Based Organizations for Charitable Programs that Benefit Local Community Residents


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)

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Community Enrichment Grant

Outer Banks Community Foundation

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #167423

Grant Description

Grants to North Carolina nonprofit and faith-based organizations to help meet local needs and enrich the quality of life for the people in the funding source's service area. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. Focus areas include education, health, the environment, disaster relief, animal welfare, arts and culture, historic preservation, children and youth, and other human services. Eligible organizations are those that benefit residents of Dare County and the Outer Banks communities.

Community Enrichment Grants are usually awarded to support the direct costs of a charitable project or program (e.g., art supplies, medical equipment, educational materials, vehicles, program staff).

The foundation also periodically awards 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 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. 

The foundation will also award Community Enrichment Grants 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.

Priority will be given to projects and organizations that:

  • Involve or benefit a broad segment of the 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 (i.e., matching funds).
  • Promote an organization’s financial sustainability.
  • Promote collaboration and efficiencies amongst multiple organizations.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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. Community Enrichment Grants are awarded to projects that directly benefit all or a portion of the foundation's service area. The service area includes all of Dare County, and all Outer Banks communities, from Corolla to Ocracoke Island.

Schools and Government Agencies: Please contact the foundation's staff before starting an application. Occasionally, schools and government agencies may be considered for Community Enrichment Grants, if it is demonstrated that financial support is not available from other sources.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation will consider Community Enrichment Grants to faith-based and religious entities, including churches, 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. The foundation will generally not award grants to churches for projects or assets that would primarily benefit the members of a single congregation or religion.

Community Enrichment Grants are never awarded to individuals.

Community Enrichment Grants are generally not awarded for:
- Regular operating expenses
- Wages for management and/or fundraising for the general organization. (Program staff wages, however, are 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:

The 2021 deadlines and decision dates are the following:

- Application Deadline: Friday, January 28, 2022; Decision Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022
- Application Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2022; Decision Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022
- Application Deadline: Friday, July 29, 2022; Decision Date: Thursday, September 1, 2022
- Application Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2022; Decision Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022

After you’ve read all of the online information, contact the Community Foundation staff to discuss your potential project and your funding needs. It is requested that you contact the staff after reading the online materials, but before starting your application. It’s best to start that process at least one week in advance of the application deadline.

Please be sure that all of your organization’s past grants are fully paid and closed, and that your organization has submitted all required final reports.

These grants are paid on a reimbursement basis for actual costs incurred.

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

How to Apply for Grants:

Term of Contract:

Grants are typically awarded for a 12-month period, unless an extension is granted, or other special circumstances apply.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

Outer Banks Community Foundation
13 Skyline Road
Southern Shores, NC 27949
Phone: 252-261-8839
Fax: 252-261-0371

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