NCCF’s community grantmaking program supports the work of charitable organizations serving the communities within our statewide network of affiliate foundations.
Our network of local affiliates is organized by region. View a map of our affiliate network here (link to new communities page). Each region is led by a regional director who supports the affiliate boards of advisors’ community leadership, including facilitation of the community grantmaking program. View a list of NCCF’s regional directors here.
Grant decisions are made by the affiliate's board members. We’re committed to the local knowledge and expertise that our advisory board members bring to responding to the needs of the community through their grantmaking.
The community grantmaking program funds 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 information on eligibility and restrictions below applies to all community grantmaking from our network of local affiliate foundations.
An organization must meet the following criteria to apply:
Grants are not awarded for:
Applications for specific programs and projects or for general operating support are accepted, unless otherwise specified.
Prior to completing an application, it is important for interested applicants to learn about the grantmaking of the community program to which they are applying. Affiliate boards may also seek applications for certain target areas, capacity building, organizations with operating budgets within a specified range, or for other permissions and restrictions. The amounts of grant awards also vary widely across programs.
View the dates of all NCCF affiliate foundation cycles, either chronologically or in alphabetical order below. Please note that all cycles end at NOON on the closing date.
Affiliate grantmaking decisions are made on varying timelines. Contact the NCCF regional director for the affiliate to which you are applying to find out specific information on when decisions will be made.
Preview a sample of the application here. Please note that this sample may be updated if changes to the application occur.
Any organization that is eligible to apply and has a grant request that would meet these criteria is invited to apply. A digital signature at the end of the applications confirms that applicant has read and understand the information in these guidelines and attached. Failure to adhere to any of these guidelines may result in the application being excluded from consideration.
To apply, select the county below that your nonprofit organization serves.
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