The North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund provides grants to nonprofit and charitable organizations in North Carolina communities impacted by disasters that:
The Fund always accepts gifts. When the Fund is not activated due to a disaster, donations are allocated to future disasters.
Disasters eligible for recovery response include, but are not limited to, natural disasters, industrial accidents, acts of terrorism or other incidents of mass violence.
In determining whether to activate the Fund, NCCF's statewide Grants Committee considers the severity of the disaster, scope of the geographic impact, needs of affected individuals and availability of adequate relief and recovery resources.
In its initial stages, activating the fund means that NCCF will begin fundraising efforts specific to a particular disaster.
All money raised is distributed through grants to eligible nonprofit organizations or government entities supporting recovery efforts for individuals and/or communities in the areas impacted by a disaster. NCCF does not charge any administrative fees on this Fund.
Gifts to the Fund that are restricted in any way – to a specific county, for a particular expense, etc. – are not encouraged but may be accepted based on review by NCCF staff to ensure feasibility.
The Fund gives the NCCF Grants Committee the authority to make determinations about where and how funds will be allocated, including the amount of funding dedicated to any of the following strategies.
Examples of how funds may be used include, but are not limited to: food/food supplies, prescriptions/medical supplies not covered by insurance, housing needs for individuals displaced by a disaster, rental assistance/mortgage payments for home or business, utility payments, cash assistance, clean-up, mold mitigation, repair/rebuild costs, community planning and resilience projects.
Activated nine times for hurricanes and tornados beginning with Hurricane Fran in 1996, the Fund has received thousands of donations. Approximately $5 million in grants have been provided by the Fund to charitable organizations since it began.
In September 2018, the Fund was activated in anticipation of Hurricane Florence's impact on North Carolina, and NCCF allocated 153 grants totaling $3.25 million to support communities. The Fund was also activated in response to Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, with 76 grants totaling $768,000 allocated to support organizations in the communities affected by the storm.