May 2018 – NC Grants Roundup

by | May 28, 2018 | News, North Carolina, Philanthropy Journal

The NC Grants Roundup can be a helpful tool when researching grant opportunities for your organization. For more tips read Becoming a “Grant Detective”: Best Practices for Grantseekers by Sarah Mann Willcox of the NC Network for Grantmakers.

News about grants, gifts

This year the Hispanic League presented 42 scholarships to deserving scholars. Including 2018’s awards, the Hispanic League has officially awarded a total of 411 scholarships, valued at over $930,000, since the year 2000.

The State Library of North Carolina and the Broadband Infrastructure Office of the N.C. Department of Information Technology received a $250,000, two-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to assist K-12 students in the state who do not have home internet access.

Cognizant launched Cognizant U.S. Foundation with an initial $100 million in funding. The Foundation’s inaugural grant of $1.5 million was presented by Cognizant executives to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont at an event in Charlotte on May 1st.

The John William Pope Foundation has made a $10 million commitment to the ‘Campaign for Carolina’.

Local business owners and High Point University (HPU) alumni David and Amy Smith are investing $600,000 into HPU’s continuous growth. Inside the Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center and Hotel, the David and Amy Smith Panther Club Suite will be named in honor of the family’s success in business and their commitment to HPU.

Duke University will expand on its commitment to a strong humanities curriculum and forge new collaborations beyond campus with a $3 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The funding will establish Humanities Unbounded, an initiative that will focus on developing new collaborative curricula models, deepening Duke’s relationships with liberal arts colleges and historically black colleges and universities and piloting a new teaching partnership with Durham Technical Community College.

With nearly 400 community and business leaders, the American Heart Association’s Winston-Salem Heart Ball which took place on Friday, April 20, raised over $250,000 (net) through tickets, tables sold, sponsorships, silent and live auctions, and individual donations. All funds raised through the Winston-Salem Heart Ball benefit heart disease and stroke research and prevention education.

United Way of Central Carolinas distributed $400,000 in Unite Charlotte grants to 24 nonprofits and grassroots organizations in Mecklenburg County. Originally established in response to the civic unrest in Charlotte in late 2016, Unite Charlotte provides early funding for organizations and programs focused on improving racial equity and increasing social capital.

The Carying Place, Inc. recently grossed a little over $171,000 at its Annual Benefit Auction & 25th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, April 21st, at Prestonwood Country Club. The event drew over 320 attendees to the celebration, including sponsors, supporters and volunteers.

Women’s Impact Fund granted five local nonprofits a combined $505,000. Goodyear Arts, MeckEd, Conservation Trust of North Carolina, Hope Haven, and The Center for Community Transitions were recognized as this year’s grant recipients during the organization’s annual meeting May 7th, held at UNC Charlotte Center City.

The National Endowment for the Arts  awarded $15,000 to support The Arts Integration Institute this year. 

The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro received a $9,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation for its 2018-2019 Learning Opportunities for Diverse Audiences.

The Albemarle Foundation announced it will commit $100,000 to Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg on May 8th.

The Golden LEAF Foundation awarded nearly $11 million to Vidant Health Foundation.

GSK gave a six-figure grant to Kenan Fellows to promote teacher leadership in STEM Education.

Communities in Schools (CIS) Hillside High School graduates will be awarded a scholarship from Freudenberg Group and CIS of Durham.

State Employees’ Credit Union partnered with East Carolina University to fund SECU MATCH Pilot for four public middle schools in two northwestern counties on May 11th.

24 Foundation announced its 2018 grant recipients on May 14th that it will support for the year.

Guilford Green Foundation is accepting proposals from nonprofits seeking funds to support LGBTQIA initiatives in the greater Greensboro area. Applications are due May 21st.

Camp Corral recently received a $1.25 million grant from the BB&T Charitable Fund.

News about grant opportunities

The Cabarrus County Community Foundation recently announced a $100,000 challenge grant. An anonymous donorhas challenged the community to donate $50,000 to CCCF’s grantmaking funds. As incentive, the donor has offered to mat ch the donations, giving one dollar to the 2018 grantmaking funds and onedollar to the foundation’s endowed principal, which ensures the foundation’s long-t erm sustainability. The deadline forcontributions is November 1st.

ArtsGreensboro is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Betty Cone Medal of Arts. Nominations, including up to four letters of support, are due to ArtsGreensboro no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, May 21st.

The Institute for Emerging Issues is launching a new three-year initiative, ReCONNECT NC, a series of six forums held throughout the state, as well as statewide work with stakeholders and partner communities. The first ReCONNECT NC Emerging Issues Forum, “ReCONNECT to Community: Increasing Civic Engagement and Dialogue,” kicks off this fall in Asheville. Registration is scheduled to open July 2.

Raleigh Arts will accept artist call submissions for Stormwater Art until May 28th.

Registration is now open for local nonprofit agencies to participate in the Service Enterprise Initiative

2018 National Philanthropy Day Award nominations are now being accepted until June 30th. 

Note from the editor: The preceding is part of a new initiative for Philanthropy Journal. Each month we will publish a curated list of grant specific news for North Carolina. For weekly grant updates, please check NC Nonprofit News

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