Nonprofits are encouraged to apply for funding for their projects, programs, infrastructure and other needs, through the Community Enrichment Grants program of the Outer Banks Community Foundation. Online applications should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 30. More information and a link to apply are available at obcf.org/grants/how-to-apply-for-grants/.
The Community Enrichment Grants program is the Community Foundation’s largest and most comprehensive funding opportunity. Last year, the Community Foundation awarded over $ 130,000 in community enrichment grants to 13 local nonprofits, a reduction from recent years, due to nearly $ 300,000 in response grants. rapid COVID in 2020. In 2021, more than $ 200,000 in community enrichment grants will be awarded.
So far in 2021, over $ 92,000 has been awarded to 13 local nonprofits, including funding for YMCA’s Camp Seaside, spaying / neutering fundraising and other animal care. companionship with three groups of animals, support for three distinct programs that enrich the lives of children and adults with disabilities, by subscribing to a summer food insecurity program for low-income children through Food for Thought, and by subscribing to the Early Childhood Essentials program of the Children and Youth Partnership.
Community Enrichment Grants are offered on a competitive basis for any type of charitable project that benefits Dare County, Ocracoke and / or Currituck Beaches. Areas of interest include arts and culture, animal welfare, children and youth, education, environment, disaster relief and prevention, health and welfare, l ‘historical interpretation and preservation and other human services.
Community Enrichment Grants are generally awarded to cover the direct costs of a charitable project or program (eg, art supplies, medical equipment, educational materials, vehicles, program staff). These grants are paid on the basis of reimbursement of the actual costs incurred.
Scholarships to non-profit organizations, to enable organizations to offer scholarships based on need (i.e. scholarships / grants should offset or reduce the costs of participation that the organization aims to nonprofit would normally charge for an enrichment program such as a day camp, educational offering and / or after school program.
Community Enrichment Grants are also awarded to build the capacity of charitable organizations serving the Outer Banks, with the aim of helping them fulfill their mission by improving their long-term efficiency, financial stability and / or the quality of their operations. programs. Examples could include grants for computer systems, strategic planning and / or purchase of space in facilities.
Priority for Community Enrichment Grants will be given to projects and organizations that involve or benefit a large segment of our community, offer an innovative approach to meet the needs of the region, attract additional funds from other sources, promote the financial viability of an organization, promote collaboration and efficiency between several organizations, either initiate new projects or programs to influence beneficial changes, or fill gaps or respond to urgent needs of the community. Importantly, the Community Foundation will assess applications based on their impact on the community.
The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charitable organization that connects people who care about the causes that matter. Based in a historic flat-roofed cottage in Southern Shores, the Community Foundation manages over $ 24 million through more than 200 individual and agency charitable funds, provides grants to local nonprofits, administers 58 scholarship programs and provides personalized services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $ 11 million in grants and scholarships to local associations and students.