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Grant Guidelines

Who May Apply

A nonprofit organization that has qualified for tax exemption under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or a public governmental unit. The applicant must be based in Guilford County or requesting funds for a project in Guilford County.

What We Fund

Grants are limited to projects that benefit the residents of Guilford County, North Carolina. Grants are awarded for new initiatives, expansions of current programs and activities, capital improvements, special projects, and other operating needs. Usually, grants are made for one year only; however, multi-year grants will be considered. Normally, the Foundation does not support campaigns to raise or increase the size of endowments or annual fund solicitations.

When We Award Grants

The Foundation Board of Directors normally meets three times annually to consider applications for grants. Meetings are scheduled one at a time. Please check the home page of our website for the next deadline.

Grant Payments

When applications have been approved by the Foundation Board, Grantees will receive a document stating the Terms and Conditions of the Grant. A check in payment of the grant award will also be included except in cases of a grant with a matching requirement or other special conditions.

Follow Up: Project Reports

Grant recipients are expected to make annual reports on their projects until the funds are spent in full. Note: Follow-Up reports must include a comparison of actual revenue and expenses to budgeted amounts and also any additional revenue sources. You will receive a reminder email prior to the deadline. Please log in to your account to use the form provided ONLINE.

How to Apply

  1. Click on "Apply for a Grant."

    Please ensure your organization has not already registered. If you have questions or encounter difficulties, contact the foundation office for assistance.

  2. Complete the application using the online application form.

    Note: You may visit the Foundation's website as many times as necessary to change or to complete the application form.

  3. Upload the requested attachments (such as financial information).

  4. Click on SUBMIT to transmit the application.

    No more changes are possible after the application has been submitted.

Prior to submitting an application for a grant, applicants may discuss their proposal with the Foundation’s staff either by email, telephone, or in person.

After receipt of the application for grant, Foundation staff may request additional information or schedule a site visit.