Community Grantmaking

What you need to know before applying for a community grant from NCCF.

Our affiliate foundations, giving circles and other application-based grantmaking programs support the work of charitable organizations serving communities within our statewide network.

Our community grantmaking funds a broad range of purposes to meet local needs that include human services, education, youth development, health, food/nutrition, arts, and more.

How it works

Organizations can apply for grants from our affiliate foundations, giving circles and community funds. Grant decisions are made by community members who bring knowledge and expertise of local needs.

Affiliate foundations: NCCF has 53 local affiliates that each offer an annual application-based grant program that supports a wide range of community needs. Our affiliates are organized by region, and each region has a program officer who supports the affiliates’ community grantmaking programs.

Giving circles: Our women’s giving circles provide grants through an application-based process to organizations supporting local women, children and families. Each giving circle has a donor engagement officer who supports their work.

Other programs: NCCF has about a dozen other funds that support communities by making grants through an application-based process. Some of these programs may have additional eligibility requirements, restrictions or a unique application process. NCCF staff who support grantmaking can answer questions about these programs.

The information on eligibility and restrictions below applies to all application-based community grantmaking. Organizations can find grant opportunities in their community by filtering for the county they serve below.

Grantseeker Workshop Recording

Watch a recording of our Grantseeker Workshop that provided an overview of NCCF’s grant programs.


Contact Doug Perry, our Grants Program Manager, for general questions about our community grantmaking programs.
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