Select 501(c)(3) organizations in North Carolina and South Carolina may be eligible for grants in one of our four program areas: Child and Family Well-Being, Health Care, Higher Education and Rural Church.
The following are ineligible for funding:
- Organizations without a presence in North Carolina or South Carolina
- Organizations with any legal status other than 501(c)(3)
- Organizations that focus on areas other than child care, health care, or rural churches
- Institutions of higher education other than Davidson College, Duke University, Furman University and Johnson C. Smith University
- Child and Family Well-Being: June 15 and December 15 (pre-application).
- Health Care: June 15 and December 15 (application)
- Rural Church: May 10 and November 5 (pre-application)
- Higher Education: Staff in the Higher Education program area works with the four eligible grantees to determine when grant requests may be submitted. Typically the Endowment's Trustees consider new requests from these schools two to three times per year.
Grant Application Guidelines
Our grant application process has been redesigned to make it more streamlined and intuitive. Rural Church grantees were introduced to this change in 2013, which led to more effective applications.
Find grant applications, along with information on eligibility and funding priorities.
Additional Resources for Grantseekers
- The Foundation Center Cooperating Collection at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County is a body of resources available for research on funding opportunities from foundations and corporations.
- The Council on Foundation's CF Locator is a helpful service for connecting with a local community foundation.
- Guidestar offers deep information on the nonprofit sector, including an analysis of data about nonprofits and information about giving.
- The United Way website offers a locator for finding the United Way agency that serves a specific area or community.