The 2015 grant application period for the statewide Women's Fund of North Carolina will be open from July 10, to noon on Aug. 25.

NCCF's Women’s Fund of North Carolina seeks to award $13,000 in grants to organizations supporting women and families across NC that meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must request funding for services or programs that support women and/or families, with particular emphasis on women’s health and leadership issues.
  • Applicants must serve residents in counties within NCCF’s affiliate network. (hyperlink to affiliate map)   
  • Applicants must be recognized by the IRS as 501c3 public charities to apply.
  • Faith-based organizations may apply for funding to support social outreach and charitable service programs to benefit the community-at-large.
  • Applicants 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.

If your organization operates as a 501c3 public charity via a fiscal agent, you must include, in your application’s supporting documentation, a letter from the fiscal agent organization that verifies the relationship and includes when the relationship was established.
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 or reimbursements
  • Individuals
  • Re-granting by the applicant organization

The 2015 grant cycle opens on July 10 and closes at noon on Aug. 25. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $3,000. If your organization meets these criteria and you would like to apply, click here to access our online system. 

Questions?  Please contact director of grants and scholarships, Leslie Ann Jackson at lajackson@nccommunityfoundation.org.

NCCF Statewide Women’s Fund awards 2014 grants

The North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) is pleased to announce the 2014 grant recipients from the statewide Women’s Fund of North Carolina, according to Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, NCCF president and CEO. The total awarded to the six organizations was $11,500.

Receiving $3,000 each were:

  • Kids First, Inc., Elizabeth City
  • The Family Violence prevention Center, Inc. (dba Interact, Raleigh)

Receiving $1,500 each were:

  • Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Wilmington
  • Hospitality House, Boone
  • United Community Ministries, Rocky Mount

Finally, $1,000 was awarded to Communities In Schools of Lee County, Sanford.

NCCF’s statewide Women’s Fund focuses on programming that supports women and/or children, with particular emphasis on women’s health and leadership issues. Programs must serve areas within NCCF’s 67-county service area. The selection committee is comprised of representatives from most of NCCF’s local women’s giving programs from across the state. “These organizations help fill critical needs for women and children in our state and epitomize the kind of programs that the statewide Women’s Fund aims to support,” Tolle Whiteside said.

NCCF’s nine regionally based women’s giving programs include the Women’s Giving Network of Wake County; the Bertie-Hertford Women’s Fund; the Women Givers of Northeast North Carolina, which serves Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties; the Currituck-Dare Woman’s Fund; the Women Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount; the Art of Giving, a collective of Triangle women sponsored in conjunction with the Triangle Community Foundation; the Women's Impact Network of New Hanover County; the Cary Women's Giving Network; and Moore Women, A Giving Circle. Additional giving groups are in the planning stages.

2013 grant awards

A total of $10,000 in grants was awarded in 2013. Recipients all received $2,000 and were:

  • Albemarle Hopeline, Pasquotank County
  • Ashe County Partnership for Children
  • Catawba County Parenting Network
  • Church on the Rise Peacemakers Family Center, Rocky Mount
  • Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center, Wake County

About us

Mission:  The mission of The Women’s Fund of North Carolina is to establish a permanent endowment dedicated to improving the quality of lives of women and girls in North Carolina. The endowment was founded to encourage philanthropic giving among women and to encourage funding sources to assign a higher priority to issues and concerns of women and girls. 

NCCF’s nine regionally based women’s giving programs include the Women’s Giving Network of Wake County; the Bertie-Hertford Women’s Fund; the Women Givers of Northeast North Carolina, which serves Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties; the Currituck-Dare Woman’s Fund; the Women Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount; the Art of Giving, a collective of Triangle women sponsored in conjunction with the Triangle Community Foundation; the Women's Impact Network of New Hanover County; and the Cary Women's Giving Network; and Moore Women -- A GIving Circle. Additional giving groups are in the planning stages in the western part of the state.

To learn more about one of these individual women’s giving programs, click here.

Historical milestones

First annual Raleigh luncheon speaker: Elizabeth Dole, Honorary Chair

First annual Charlotte dinner speaker and Sandhills luncheon speaker: Jane Brody, New York Times columnist

Historical tea and luncheon: Madeleine K. Albright (then representative of the US to the UN; later US Secretary of State) and Senator Jesse Helms

Self-Esteem Conference: Dr. Pouru Bhiwandi, Jane Brody, Dr. Carolyn Dunn,

Shortchanging Girls -- Shortchanging NC: Nora Lynn Finch, Shirley Frye, Patricia Hunt, Judy Mann, Betty Ray McCain, Dr. Linnea Smith, Michelle Warren, Dr. Ruth Dial Woods

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