The board of advisors of the Carteret Community Foundation is currently accepting grant requests for projects funded from its community grantmaking fund, Pearl’s Pantry Fund, the J.O. & Ruth Barbour Memorial Fund for Elementary Education in Carteret County and the J.O. & Ruth Barbour Memorial Fund for Wildlife Habitat Conservation, according to Richard McIntyre, board president.

Community grantmaking funds are available for nonprofit organizations that serve general charitable needs in Carteret County. Applications are available beginning July 22. Visit this page for information about applying. The deadline for submitting applications is noon Aug. 23.

The Pearl’s Pantry Fund was established by V.J. “Puck” O’Neal in honor of his beloved wife, Pearl, according to McIntyre. “It was Mr. O’Neal’s intention to use the proceeds from this endowment fund to help local nonprofit organizations relieve hunger and lack of access to quality prescription medicines for less fortunate citizens of Carteret County,” he said.

The J.O. & Ruth Barbour Memorial Fund for Elementary Education in Carteret County supports Carteret County elementary schools with basic instruction, classroom equipment, teacher compensation, and facility improvement in order to contribute to better instruction for all.

The J.O. & Ruth Barbour Memorial Fund for Wildlife Habitat Conservation supports conservation projects in Carteret County that would contribute to the preservation, maintenance or reestablishment of woodland and other natural areas that provide suitable and desirable habitats for wildlife, with particular emphasis on birdlife.

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