Grants awarded by Columbus County Community Foundation to increase; applications open April 1

The amount of grant funding available to nonprofit organizations through the Columbus County Community Foundation (CCCF) has increased substantially this year.

CCCF, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, annually awards grants through its community grantmaking fund to nonprofits serving needs in the local community. Those grants typically range from $500 to $1,000, for a total of approximately $8,000 a year.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, CCCF is offering additional grants in 2022 of $5,000 to $15,000, for a total of $65,000. These new grants will support nonprofit organizations that focus on literacy, reducing food insecurity, human services, and the alleviation of poverty in Columbus County.

Applications are available beginning April 1. Visit for information about applying. The deadline for applications is May 3 at noon.

Grants are not available for regranting purposes, capital campaigns, capital improvements, out-of-state travel, or for individuals. Funds are awarded by the board of advisors of the Columbus County Community Foundation.

“We are excited to be able to offer these additional grants to the nonprofits serving Columbus County,” said Lisa Richey, board president. “We know the needs are great and hope these additional funds will keep our nonprofits and our community strong.”

For further information, contact Anne Sorhagen, NCCF program officer, at or 910-202-6727.

About the Columbus County Community Foundation

The Columbus County Community Foundation (CCCF) is a growing family of philanthropic funds, source of grants for local causes, and partner for donors. CCCF was founded in 1999 and is led by a local volunteer advisory board that helps build community assets through the creation of permanent endowments, makes grants, and leverages leadership – all for the benefit of Columbus County.

The CCCF board advises the Columbus County Community Fund, the unrestricted community grantmaking fund, to support local needs, and the Columbus Anonymous Fund, which supports literacy, reducing food insecurity, human services, and the alleviation of poverty. The competitive grants program is held annually.

Advisory board members live and work in Columbus County, positioning them to strategically leverage resources, meet local needs, and access opportunities. In addition to Richey, board members include Adam Wooten (vice president), Becky High (treasurer and secretary), Amber Bellamy, Jess Hill, Randolph Keaton, Liz McLean, Chris Russell, Vickie Sasser, Terray Suggs, Andy Wayne, Kevin Williamson, Richard Wright, and Pamela Young-Jacobs. The Columbus County Community Foundation, through NCCF, makes it easy to become a philanthropist, whatever your means or charitable goals. You can open an endowment for your favorite cause at any time – or contribute to an existing fund in any amount. Tax-deductible contributions, made payable to the Columbus County Community Foundation, can be mailed to the North Carolina Community Foundation, 3737 Glenwood Ave., Suite 460, Raleigh, NC 27612. Contributions can also be made online at

About the North Carolina Community Foundation

The North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has administered more than $217 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $400 million in assets, NCCF sustains more than 1,200 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions, and scholarships.

NCCF partners with a network of affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance across the state. An important component of NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional, and national levels. For more information, visit

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