The Unifour Foundation was created when the Hickory Merchants Association sold its local credit reporting company to a national company, enabling the creation of the Unifour Foundation in 1999, which is one of 51 endowments that make up the Catawba Valley Community Foundation. The Unifour Foundation promotes general welfare among citizens in the four counties that comprise the Unifour area: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba.
A grants committee representing former members of the Hickory Merchants Association and other community leaders reviews applications and makes selections for grant funding.
Since 1991, the Unifour Foundation has awarded more than $3 million in grants. Grants have generally ranged between $5,000 and $10,000.
In 2017, the Unifour Foundation Endowment will award over $240,000 in grants in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba counties. Funding supports a broad range of purposes to meet local needs that include education, human services, basic needs, arts, historical preservation, health, recreation, youth development, environment and animal welfare.
The Unifour Foundation is especially interested in applications that highlight collaboration and partnerships or demonstrate an opportunity to achieve significant impact on the Catawba Valley. Larger grant amounts may be considered for applications that benefit multiple partners, and/or unique approaches to addressing education and substance abuse prevention/recovery in the Catawba Valley region.
The 2017 grant cycle opens on Friday, March 3, 2017 and closes at NOON on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
For details about program requirements and the application process, click here.