The board of advisors of the Carteret Community Foundation announces that it began accepting grant applications from Pearl’s Pantry Fund on Friday, March 20.

Applications are available online only and the deadline to apply is April 28 at noon.

To be eligible, organizations must be public charities or religious institutions located in Carteret County, with all funds used to benefit Carteret County residents.

Pearl’s Pantry Fund was established by V.J. “Puck” O’Neal in honor of his beloved wife, Pearl, according to Richard McIntyre, president of the Carteret Community Foundation. “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 Carteret Community Foundation will award this year’s grants on June 11 to honor the late Pearl O’Neal on her birthday.

About the Carteret Community Foundation

The Carteret Community Foundation was established in 1984 and is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF). The Carteret Community Foundation provides grants to local nonprofits, college scholarships to county students and works through NCCF to help professional advisors, individuals, families and nonprofit agencies establish endowments. 

Tax-deductible contributions in any amount can be made to the Carteret County Unrestricted Endowment Fund and mailed to the Carteret Community Foundation, c/o NCCF, P.O. Box 3411, New Bern, NC  28564.

For more information about the Carteret Community Foundation and its services, please visit the Carteret page on or contact NCCF Regional Associate Kim Ball or call 252-288-5706.

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