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Cannon Foundation Grant

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, Agencies, and Churches for
Education, Health, Human Services, Arts, and Environmental Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Cannon Charitable Interests - Canon Foundation

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Grants to North Carolina nonprofits, government agencies, and churches for programs and projects focusing on healthcare, higher education, human services, and the community (i.e., arts and culture, historic preservation, and the environment). Applicants must complete an eligibility quiz before applying.

Priorities for each of the focus areas are as follows:

Healthcare: Grants for healthcare organizations include local hospitals as well as critical access and rural hospitals, hospices, free clinics, agencies serving special needs populations as well as mental and substance abuse providers across North Carolina.

Higher Education: The Foundation typically supports private colleges and universities across North Carolina. Community colleges operating in, or serving, Tier I counties of North Carolina are also given consideration. The Foundation only funds public or private K-12 schools in Cabarrus County. The Foundation does not define education to include outreach efforts to raise awareness of issues or concerns.

Human Services: Grants are made to organizations and agencies engaged in human services such as crisis assistance organizations, food pantries, homeless shelters, domestic violence services, developmentally disabled support organizations and child advocacy centers.

Community: A smaller number of grants are made to organizations in arts and culture, historical preservation, and environmental concerns. Grants to religious organizations are only made to local churches.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175123

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant size varies by the type of organization and type of project.

Term of Contract:

The Foundation does not make multi-year commitments.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Well-established organizations that have been in operation for five or more years and are qualified for exemption as public charities under section 501(c)3 or the IRS code are eligible. Also, local governmental agencies and local churches are eligible as well.

The Foundation primarily funds organizations that are located in or serve citizens of the state of North Carolina with an emphasis on rural areas.

The Foundation will not provide funding for computers and phone systems (as those are considered a basic need of operations).

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process:

If your organizations has never received a grant before, please complete the following Qualification Assessment before applying online:

Note: If your organization has received a grant in the past five years or is a named beneficiary of the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts, you do not have to complete the above Qualification Assessment form.

There are four grant cycles per year. Deadlines are as follows:

Request for Application (RFA) Deadline: December 28, March 28, June 28, September 28

Final Grant Submission: January 5, April 5, July 5, October 5

Request for Application forms are accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted no later than the close of business on the RFA Deadlines listed above. RFA forms provide staff preliminary information about your organization and proposed request. Final Grant Applications must be submitted by the close of business on the dates listed above. When these deadlines fall on a weekend of holiday, the deadline moves out to the next business day.

Notification of grant decisions will be emailed to the applicant approximately 10 to 12 weeks after each deadline date.

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Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the budget form.

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Note: For larger projects (of $100,000 or more), you should apply when two-thirds or more of the needed funding has been received or committed, and preferably, when the projects will be completed in the next 12 - 18 months.

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 Information:

Cannon Charitable Interests
PO Box 548
Concord, NC 28026

Phone: 704-786-8216

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina