RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Community Foundation is currently accepting grant requests for projects funded from its statewide Women’s Fund, according to Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, president and CEO.Funds are available for nonprofit organizations that sponsor programming that supports women and/or children, with particular emphasis on women’s health and leadership issues. Programs must serve areas within the NCCF’s 66-county service area. (Visit nccommunityfoundation.org for a map of the counties served by the NCCF.)Applications and specific information about submissions are available at nccommunityfoundation.org; or by writing to The Women’s Fund, North Carolina Community Foundation, 4601 Six Forks Road, Suite 524, Raleigh, NC 27609.  The deadline for submitting applications is Sept. 9.The statewide Women’s Fund awarded grants in 2009 to Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start Partnership, based in Edenton; Families Living Violence Free in Granville County; Girls on the Run of Catawba Valley; New Leaf Behavioral Health, which serves Wake County; and WAMY Community Action of Boone. The grants committee of the statewide Women’s Fund is comprised of representatives of the NCCF’s local women’s giving circles and other female community leaders from across North Carolina. The NCCF supports eight regionally based giving programs across the state, including the Bertie-Hertford Women’s Fund; Women Givers of Northeast North Carolina (Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties); the Women Givers of Currituck-Dare; the Wake County Women’s Giving Network; the Art of Giving, a collective of Triangle women; Women Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount; the Onslow Women’s Health Fund; and a new group just emerging in the Catawba Valley area. About the NCCF:The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made nearly $63 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $100 million in assets, the NCCF sustains 1,000 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships. The NCCF partners with 60 affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance in 66 counties across the state. An important component of the NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit nccommunityfoundation.org and Facebook.END

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:Noel McLaughlin, APRDirector, Marketing and CommunicationsNorth Carolina Community Foundation919.256.6901nmclaughlin@nccommunityfoundation.org

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