Calling all Triangle non-profits! The 2014 Community Care Fund grant cycle is open. Funds are available thanks to the generous donations of Duke employees who support the Doing Good in the Neighborhood campaign. Since the Community Care Fund was created in 2009, dozens of non-profits have received grants totaling more than $450,000 for projects meeting significant community needs.
Read on to learn more and to see if your favorite non-profit qualifies.
Annual Grant Cycle
The application deadline is August 31. Applications are reviewed in September, and grants are awarded in October. Final grant reports are completed in July of the following calendar year.
Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.
Since 2009, the Community Care Fund has awarded more than $450,000 of Duke employee donations to dozens of local non-profits. Examples of past funded projects can be found here.
For the 2014 grant cycle, the committee will consider only those proposals that address the community issues identified as most pressing by our Doing Good in the Neighborhood donors. Our donors voted in May, and they chose the following themes:
- Community Health — Reaching beyond the clinic walls to meet our community’s physical and mental health needs through comprehensive, collaborative and innovative care programs.
- Food Insecurity — Broadening access to high-quality and nutritious food for all our neighbors, regardless of income level or zip code.
- Homelessness — Building individualized pathways out of homelessness and into sustained health, employment and independence.
- School Readiness — Equipping our youngest citizens with the early social and academic skills that are critical to long-term success in school and life.
In addition to addressing one or more of the above community issues, your project and organization must also meet the following eligibility criteria:
- The project, key partners and benefits must be located in Durham, Orange or Wake counties.
- The grant applicant must be a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or must have the consent of a 501(c)(3) organization to serve as fiscal agent. Written confirmation by the 501(c)(3) organization of its willingness to serve as fiscal agent is required. At this time, school systems and parent-teacher or booster organizations may not apply.
- The proposal must not exclusively benefit Duke University or Duke University Health System employees or students.
- The proposal must not fund deficit or emergency funding, debt reduction, loan repayment or retirement, or project costs incurred before the effective date of the grant.
- The proposal must not fund political programs or activities to support, change, lobby, or otherwise influence legislation and/or ballot measures, candidacies for public office, or other political issues.
- The proposal must not fund any organization that discriminates on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or political affiliation. The fund may support organizations and projects that target groups that have been subject to historical discrimination.
- The proposal must not fund religious activities; however, religious institutions may apply for funding for nonsectarian projects.
- The proposal must not fund the purchase of real estate or long-term real estate rental(s), lease(s), or sub-lease(s).
- The proposal must not fund the purchase of alcoholic beverages, or any activity that primarily consists of a banquet or meal.
How to Apply
The 2014 application period is open August 1, 2014, and applications are due August 31, 2014. Click here for the online application. Sample funded proposals from the 2013 grant cycle can be found here and here.
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