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Belk Foundation Grant

Grants to Charlotte, North Carolina Nonprofits and School Districts
for Education Initiatives and Teaching Improvement Programs

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Grants to Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina nonprofits and public school districts for programs to promote scholastic achievement among young students (in grades K-3) and to foster excellence in teaching and leadership among k-12 public school teachers. Potential applicants must first take an eligibility quiz, which will direct them to a Letter of Inquiry.

Funding is intended to improve public education for the students of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The Foundation also considers select state-level initiatives in North Carolina that align with key areas of focus and have evidence of or strong potential for large-scale impact.

The goal of the grant program is to help lower the achievement gap between low- and high-income students and to ensure high-quality education for all children. To that end, the Belk Foundation has two areas that it is interested in supporting:

K-3 Achievement: Increasing the number of children in grades K-3 who achieve on or above grade level in core subjects

Quality Teaching and Leading: Increasing quality teaching and leading in K-12 public schools

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180176

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only nonprofit organizations and public school districts may apply for funding.

In certain circumstances you may apply through a fiscal sponsor. The fiscal sponsor must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has a formal relationship with the organization working on the project. Please note that in such cases the grant goes to the fiscal sponsor directly, and the fiscal sponsor is responsible for the proper expenditure of funds and all reporting requirements.

Geographic Focus:

The Belk Foundation awards grants focused on improving public education for the students of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The Foundation also considers select state-level initiatives in North Carolina that align with our key areas of focus and have evidence of or strong potential for large-scale impact.

Grants from The Belk Foundation are not awarded to:

- Individuals
- Private elementary or secondary schools
- International programs and/or organizations
- Organizations for the primary purpose of fundraising. This includes sponsoring events or providing door prizes, gift certificates, merchandise or other giveaways

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process:

1. Review the Foundation's mission:

- Approach:
- Guidelines: (see below in URL for Full Text)
- Outcomes Sought: (see below in Supporting Documents)
- Past Grantees:

2. If there is a strong alignment between the organization’s work and the Foundation's mission, please complete the Foundation's Eligibility Quiz (see Contact Information section below for link).

3. An organization that meets the basic eligibility requirements laid out in the Eligibility Quiz will then be directed to complete a Letter of Inquiry form for the Executive Director to review. If potential applicant is seen as a match from the LOI, the Foundation will be in contact to schedule a phone call to learn more about the program. The next step is often an in-person meeting or on-site visit to learn more.

4. The Belk Foundation staff will contact select organizations to invite them to submit an application. The Foundation conducts two grantmaking cycles per year. Spring cycle applications are issued mid-February, and fall applications are issued mid-August.

5. Final applications are presented to the Grants Committee, and subsequently to the Board of Directors, for approval. The Board meets in May and November to make final funding decisions. The Belk Foundation staff will notify grantees after funding decisions are confirmed.

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Key Dates and Deadlines:


February - Invitations for spring grant cycle issued
April 1 - Spring applications due
May - Spring grant decisions communicated

August - Invitations for fall grant cycle issued
October 1 - Fall applications due
November - Fall grant decisions communicated

Focus Areas:

K-3 Achievement:
Teaching and Leadership:

Contact Information:

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

Click here to complete the Eligibility Quiz and LOI form:

General Contact Info:

The Belk Foundation
6832 Morrison Blvd. Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28211

Phone: 704.544.5444

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Charlotte-Mecklenburg