What you need to know before applying for a grant from NCCF

North Carolina Community Foundation’s Community Grantmaking Program funds the work of charitable organizations that serve 67 counties within our statewide affiliate network. Click here for a map of our affiliate network.  

NCCF affiliates are organized by regions, each with an assigned NCCF regional director who facilitates and supports the board’s grantmaking process. Click here for a list of NCCF's regional associates.

Grant decisions are made by the affiliate's board members. These dedicated community leaders are charged with knowing and responding to the needs of the local area through their grantmaking.  

The community grantmaking program funds a broad range of purposes to meet local needs that includes education, human services, basic needs, arts, historical preservation, health, recreation, youth development, environment and animal welfare.

The information on eligibility and restrictions below applies to all community grantmaking from our local affiliate network. Note: See also Program Specifics.


An organization must meet the following criteria in order to apply:

  • Organizations must be qualified as tax-exempt public charities under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be classified as a unit of local government (including public schools). An exception is made to include fire and rescue departments. 
    • If your organization operates as a 501 (c)(3) public charity via a fiscal agent, your application's supporting documentation must include a letter from the fiscal agent organization that verifies the relationship and includes when the relationship was established.
  • Faith-based organizations may apply for funding to support social outreach and charitable service programs to benefit the community-at-large, but they may not apply for general operating support. See restrictions below.
  • Only those organizations that serve the counties within our affiliate network will be considered. If an organization serves multiple counties within our network, that organization may complete a separate application for each of those affiliates.
  • Organizations must offer programs and services without discrimination on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief.


Grants are not awarded for:

  • Annual fund or capital campaigns
  • Political purposes or lobbying
  • Activities that are restricted to members of a particular faith community or promote a specific religious doctrine
  • Loans
  • Reimbursements (This program does not support reimbursement of costs incurred prior to the deadline for submission of your application.  Your request may only include costs that will occur in the future, after the submission deadline of the application.)
  • Individuals
  • Re-granting by the applicant organization

Applications for specific programs and projects or for general operating support are accepted, unless otherwise specified.  

Program specifics

Prior to completing an application, it is important for interested applicants to learn about the grantmaking of the program to which they are applying. Affiliate boards may also seek applications for certain target areas, for capacity building, for organizations with operating budgets within a specified range, or for other permissions and restrictions. The amounts of grant awards also vary widely across programs. These specifics are accessible on the Foundation website, or you may contact the assigned NCCF staff member for more information.

Grantmaking deadlines

By clicking the links below, you can view the dates of all NCCF affiliate foundation cycles, either chronologoically or in alphabetical order. Please note that all cycles end at NOON on the closing date. 

Grantmaking calendar by chronological order
Grantmaking calendar by alphabet

Affiliate grantmaking decisions are made on varying timelines.  You may contact the NCCF regional director for the area to which you are applying to find out specific information on when decisions will be made.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please click here for answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about this grantmaking program.

Preview the Application

You may preview a sample of the application by clicking here.  Please note that this sample may be updated if changes to the application occur.

Ready to apply?

If your organization submits an application, your digital signature at the end of the application confirms that you have read and understand the information on this page and its attachments. Failure to adhere to any of these guidelines may result in your application being excluded from consideration.  

If your organization is eligible to apply and has a grant request that would meet these criteria, please click HERE to learn how to apply.
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