Community Foundation accepting grant applications

by Kelly Corbett
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The New Hanover County Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for the 2013 grant application cycle.

Typically, about 30 to 40 nonprofits county-wide apply for the grants, ranging from $250 to $2,000, said Patricia Lawler, NCCF southeast region associate this week.

“The grant criteria is general charitable purposes, but the community foundation does give special consideration to what’s called organization capacity building or capacity building grants,” she said. 

Strong consideration is given to efforts like staff and board training, strategic planning and financial management training. Collaborative efforts are also strongly encouraged.

“Sometimes that’s harder money to get, because a lot of people like giving to projects,” Lawler said. “They don’t like giving to operations or to what they almost consider administrative costs. But we think capacity building is really important, because the better a nonprofit runs, the more people it can serve. … It’s a relatively easy grant application for the money.”

Grants are not available for capital campaigns or improvements, out-of-state travel or for individuals.

In honor of the foundation’s 25th anniversary in 2012, a total of $25,000 in grant funds was given to 16 local nonprofits, including the Cape Fear Literacy Council, Carousel Center for Abused Children, Friends of the Battleship, African American Heritage Foundation, Cape Fear Regional Community Development Corporation and Cucalorus Film Foundation.

“Usually we average around $16,000,” Lawler said.

The NHCCF is hosting a grant seekers’ workshop on Wednesday, March 27, from 10-11 a.m., in the Pine Room at the Northeast Regional Library. The workshop will be an overview of the online foundation system, including the registration process and where the grant application can be found. The workshop is free, but seating is limited.

The application deadline is Tuesday, April 30. 

Lawler said all applicants should read the directions before applying. Applicants are notified of grant status about six weeks after the cycle closes.

The 2013 application is available at


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