Request for proposals: North Carolina Healing Communities Fund

The North Carolina Community Foundation is seeking proposals to provide critical resources for nonprofit organizations in North Carolina that have been impacted severely by COVID‐19 through revenue loss and increased demand.

The Fund will direct resource to marginalized communities that have been disproportionately affected by the virus and its economic impacts and have been un- or under-served by other sources of financial assistance – specifically communities of lower wealth, communities of color, mostly rural communities and where English may not be the primary language.

The Fund’s goal is to support nonprofits in these communities so that they may survive and thrive beyond the pandemic and continue to offer the services upon which so many rely for healthy living and well‐being.

Eligibility

Applicant organizations must:

  • Be nonprofit organizations that are qualified as tax-exempt public charities under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) public charity. Applicant organizations fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) public charity must include a letter from the sponsoring organization in their application that verifies the relationship, describes the nature of the relationship and includes when the relationship was established.
  • Offer programs and services without discrimination of any kind.
  • Be embedded within or primarily serving a marginalized community.
  • Have demonstrated revenue loss and/or increased demand directly due to impacts of COVID-19.

Preferences

Within this eligibility criteria, preferences will be given to organizations

  • With a total operational budget of less than $1 million prior to March 1, 2020
  • Having received minimal assistance through lending or other grant programs since March 1, 2020
  • Located in and serving counties identified as receiving minimal philanthropic support
  • Located within the community being served

Restrictions

Grants are not awarded for:

  • Nonprofit foundation arms of organizations, even if classified as 501(c)(3) public charities (ex. in relation to government entities, schools, hospitals, churches)
  • Annual funds or capital campaign fundraisers; endowments
  • Funds established as COVID-19 emergency response or assistance funds
  • Loan repayment, reimbursements, or any expenses already paid
  • Political purposes or lobbying
  • Specific, named individuals
  • Re-granting by the applicant organization

Terms

  • Average grant size will be $40,000.
  • Funding is intended for applicant organizations’ operational support, not necessarily for program expenses or services related to COVID-19.
  • Organizations may only submit one application during each open cycle.
  • An organization may apply to the fund more than once until funding has been received. Grant recipients need not reapply.
  • Initial grant term is set at a flexible 12 months.

Schedule

How to apply

All proposals must be submitted electronically, using the NC Community Foundation's online grant system. Below you will find instructions for how to do so, and a link to our online system. Be sure to read these instructions carefully before you begin.

  1. First, you must create an account profile. For assistance with creating your account, please click here to view the training slides. If your organization already has an account in NCCF's online system, please do not create a new one, and use your current account information to log in.
  2. Once your profile is created (or you have logged-in to an existing account), you will be directed to your dashboard. Click on the word "Apply" at the top of the page.
  3. You will arrive at a page with information about applying for a grant from NCCF. In the upper right-hand corner, you will see an "Access Code" box. In that box, type the word: ____________. Then, click on the Enter Code button. NOTE: The Access Code is case-sensitive.
  4. The page will refresh, and a link to the online portal, titled "__________", will appear. Click on the blue Apply button to access the application form, which is only available during the program’s open cycle.

We recommend reviewing the application in its entirety prior to applying in order to familiarize yourself with the information required.  The application is accessible in the online system, before and during the open cycle by clicking the “Preview” button. You must complete the steps above first.

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