Community Foundation Grant Application Deadline occurs on Fri, Jan 26, 2018
Description: January 26, 2018 is the first application deadline of the year for the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s Community Enrichment Grants Program. Applications must be submitted online via www.obcf.org. Community Enrichment Grants are offered on a competitive basis to nonprofits for any kind of charitable project that benefits the Outer Banks, or any part thereof. Areas of interest include: arts & culture; animal welfare; children & youth; education; the environment; disaster relief & prevention; health; historic interpretation & preservation; and other human services. Before submitting an application for any grant, prospective applicants should first review the criteria online at www.obcf.org/grants, and then contact Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839 to discuss their projects.
Nonprofits must submit an online application in order to be considered for a Community Enrichment Grant. Application deadlines are typically the last Friday of January, April, July, and October. For more information about Community Enrichment Grants, please visit our guidelines page and our FAQ page.
The Community Foundation’s guidelines state that it generally will not fund “annual operating expenses” through the Community Enrichment Grants program. How does the Community Foundation define “annual operating expenses”?
Annual operating expenses include:
- Payroll expenses (such as salaries and benefits).
- Overhead expenses (such as rent, utilities, maintenance, insurance).
- Fundraising, administrative, and management costs.
Remember, although our Community Enrichment Grants will not typically cover operating expenses, any unrestricted grant from any of our donor-advised funds can certainly cover operating expenses.
Will the Community Foundation make Community Enrichment Grants to cover marketing expenses?
We consider regular, ongoing organizational marketing costs (e.g., website maintenance, newsletter, annual report) to be an annual operating expense, which is typically not funded through our Community Enrichment Grants program. However, our Community Enrichment Grants can cover new marketing initiatives (e.g., a new or redesigned website, a new brochure), including new marketing initiatives for a new organization or a new project.
Will the Community Foundation make grants for capital expenses?
Yes. The Community Foundation will make Community Enrichment Grants for assets with a life span of one year or more, including phone systems, computer hardware, furniture, buildings, land, and vehicles, if those assets are necessary to fulfill an organization’s charitable mission. However, we will generally not award grants for capital improvements to a building, piece of land, or other asset that the organization does not own.
Will the Community Foundation fund the direct costs of an on-going, established program?
Yes, particularly programs that either fill a gap, or otherwise meet a critical community need. This is a slight addition to our traditional focus: in the past, the Community Foundation has usually prioritized its role as an incubator for new projects, helping to launch new organizations and programs. Today, as our community has changed, and as our local charitable sector has grown, we recognize that many of today’s needs are being met by established programs that also need our support. Thus, in addition to a continued emphasis on initiating new projects, we will also give priority to on-going, vital programs if they are meeting a critical need or filling an important gap in services.
More Info: www.obcf.org/grants
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