Unifour Foundation Endowment Fund of the Catawba Valley Community Foundation

Program overview

The Unifour Foundation Inc. was created in 1996 with the proceeds from the sale of the Hickory Merchants Association's credit reporting company to Equifax. The Unifour Foundation Endowment was then established with the NC Community Foundation in 1998.  The Unifour Foundation Endowment promotes general welfare among citizens in the four counties that comprise the Unifour area: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba. 

A diverse advisory board of directors reviews applications and makes selections for grant funding. Members of the Advisory Board are elected on the basis of their knowledge of the community and their areas of expertise, and reside within, work in, or own property in one of the Unifour Endowment’s counties. Members have a background understanding the needs of the Unifour area and are familiar with the outreach programs serving the population. 

Since 1999, the Unifour Foundation Endowment has awarded more than $4.5 million in grants. Grants have generally ranged between $5,000 and $10,000.

2021 grantmaking

The Unifour Foundation Endowment supports a broad range of purposes to meet the area’s needs that include education, human services, basic needs, arts, historic preservation, health, recreation, youth development, and animal welfare. Grants are awarded to organizations having an impact on the residents of Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties. Organizations do not have to reside in the Unifour area; however, the funds from grants received must go directly to residents in the Unifour area. 

The Unifour Foundation Endowment has a central focus on applications that highlight collaboration and partnerships or demonstrate an opportunity to achieve significant impact on the Catawba Valley. Early childhood education and alleviating substance use in the Unifour area are core priorities in grantmaking decisions.

The 2021 grant cycle opens on Friday, March 5, 2021 and closes at NOON on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. 

  • If you have not already done so, you must read the guidelines listed below before you apply. Failure to adhere to any of these guidelines may result in your application being excluded from consideration.
  • Training Module I will walk you through creating a profile; Module II shows how to add a grant application.

Click here to access our online application system. Additional information about the grants process will be available once you register.

The Unifour Foundation Endowment holds the following grantmaking guidelines:

  • Oranizations 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.
  • No discrimination based on age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief.
  • Requests from religious entities, including churches, congregations and other houses of worship, and/or faith-based organizations, are encouraged to apply for funding to support social outreach and charitable service programs to benefit the community-at-large.
  • Requests for annual fund or capital campaigns may be considered but are not encouraged. Please note that capital renovations and improvements to existing structures are allowable requests.
  • The grant applications must focus services on the Unifour Foundation region, which includes Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and/or Catawba Counties. 

Unifour Foundation restrictions - no awards for:

  • Individuals
  • Political purposes or lobbying
  • Re-granting by the applicant organization
  • Loans
  • Reimbursements

Board members

  • Jamie Treadway, President
  • Lee Rogers, President-Elect
  • Clinton Annas
  • Sam Avery
  • Tamara Coley
  • Chip Huffman
  • Grey Scheer
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