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COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits to Provide
Essential Services During the Coronavirus Crisis

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Outer Banks Community Foundation (OBCF)

Deadline Date:

05/12/20

Description:

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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, schools, agencies, and churches in eligible regions to provide essential community services during the coronavirus crisis. Applicants must discuss project ideas with the Foundation staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for direct program or project costs, such as supplies, equipment, food, educational materials, and program staff. Activities must serve the Outer Banks, which is defined as Dare County, Ocracoke, and/or the Currituck beaches.

The primary goal of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants is to enable nonprofits to adapt, expand, or initiate vital services to the Outer Banks through the Coronavirus crisis. Those services could include child care, elder care, patient care, emergency response services, financial assistance to people out of work, nutritional assistance, and beyond.

To be eligible for a Rapid Response Grant, programs must be related to the COVID-19 crisis, either directly (e.g., care for virus patients) or indirectly (e.g., assistance to working parents without child care). The Foundation will also consider grants that would allow a nonprofit to adapt its existing programs in the face of the ever-evolving COVID-19 landscape (e.g., modifications to a food program to allow for community closures). In all cases, special emphasis may be given to efforts that help the most vulnerable and/or the most people in the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188528

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any nonprofit organization serving the Outer Banks is eligible apply — including those organizations that have an active Community Enrichment or Special Focus Grant with the Community Foundation. Local organizations may be given priority for funding.

Schools and government agencies may be eligible to apply, if it is demonstrated that financial support is not available from other sources.

Churches and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for projects assisting the wider community (i.e., not just members of their own faith or congregation), and if their outreach does not include the promotion of religious beliefs.

Contract help and/or additional program staff may be eligible if used for extra personnel that was hired or augmented to meet a need related to the COVID-19 crisis. Grants are to be used for program staff only; neither administrative nor management staff time is eligible.

Operating, overhead, and indirect costs are not eligible for grant funding.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is May 12th.

Before applying, please read the details below, gather your ideas, and call or email Lorelei Costa to discuss your project.

As the COVID-19 crisis evolves, so too will the Rapid Response Grants Program. For now, the Foundation intends to award these grants every two weeks, as long as there is a need. However, that timeframe, and the focus of grant-making, may change as community needs unfold. Please check back frequently with the Foundation if your needs change to see if the grants program can help.

All grants will be paid on a reimbursement basis for actual costs incurred. Grant expenses must be substantiated by third-party documentation (e.g., receipts, statements, invoices).

Contact Information:

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

Lorelei Costa
252-261-8839
LCosta@obcf.org

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: The Outer Banks, which is defined as Dare County, Ocracoke, and/or the Currituck beaches

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