Funding Resources


Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation concentrates on assisting people in the South to build just and caring communities that nurture people, spur enterprise, bridge differences, foster fairness and promote civility. The Foundation focuses on community building that seeks to assure the well being of children, youth and families; to bridge the fault lines of race and class; and to invest in communities’ human and natural resources. Foundation grants are used to fund grassroots leadership development, community problem solving, enterprise and asset development, and organizational development.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation is interested in the health of vulnerable populations, healthy active communities, and community impact through nonprofit excellence.

The Cannon Foundation

The Cannon Foundation, which used to concentrate all its funding in Cabarrus County, NC, has expanded its focus in recent years and it now makes grants in rural areas from Manteo to Murphy. Historically, the Foundation’s principal grant areas have been health care (primarily in Cabarrus County) and education — especially independent liberal arts colleges in the Piedmont and Western North Carolina. In recent years, there has been an increase in grants to human and social service programs and organizations.

Center for Participatory Change

The Center for Participatory Change ( provides funding for small community-led groups in western North Carolina working for racial and economic justice. These seed grants provide up to $1,000 in start-up funds for community groups that have had little or no experience with grant writing.

Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina ( works with donors to create and manage charitable funds and then make grants to non-profit efforts in the 18 counties of the mountain region. The Foundation’s current grant programs include New Horizons (supporting the arts, environment, education, health care and people in need), Summertime Kids, Learning Links, Organizational Development and Medication Assistance. Information about the Foundation’s affiliate funds, including Cashiers Community Fund, the Fund for Haywood County and Highlands Community Foundation, is also available on the Foundation’s Web site.

Duke Endowment

The Duke Endowment ( serves the people of North Carolina and South Carolina by supporting selected programs of higher education, health care, children’s welfare and spiritual life.

Eblen Foundation

The Eblen Foundation ( provides assistance to individuals and families suffering from the effects of illness and disabilities.

Percy B. Ferebee Endowment

Grants from the Percy B. Ferebee Endowment are awarded to support charitable, scientific and literary projects, and in particular, governmental and civic projects designed to further the cultural, social, economic and physical well-being of residents of Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties of North Carolina and the Qualla Boundary.

Gannett Foundation

Gannett Foundation ( is focused on education and neighborhood improvement, youth, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people and cultural enrichment.

Golden LEAF Foundation

Golden LEAF ( is committed to using the funds entrusted to it for projects with the most potential for bolstering North Carolina’s long-term economy, especially in tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities. Golden LEAF’s grant making priority areas include agriculture, job creation and retention, and workforce preparedness.

Lyndhurst Foundation

The Lyndhurst Foundation ( focuses on protection of forested and aquatic habitat and biodiversity on public/private lands in Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.

Mission Healthcare Foundation

Mission Healthcare Foundation focuses on programs involving access to healthcare, obesity, health disparity and mental health.

North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council ( awards over 1,300 grants annually to non-profit organizations and artists to conduct arts programs throughout the state.

North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation

The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation supports programs in North Carolina that promote the sciences, health and education.

North Carolina Trails Program

The North Carolina Trails Program ( assists volunteers, nonprofit organizations and government agencies as they work to develop trail plans, preserve land and develop and manage trails. The program’s staff provides technical assistance, offers grant opportunities and develops partnerships with local conservation and recreation advocates

Progress Energy Grant Programs

Progress Energy ( corporate grants for programs that are relatively small in scope. Typically, these programs serve a single community up to a few counties, although they may sometimes have a statewide impact. The grants range in size from several hundred dollars up to $10,000. Most corporate grants focus on education, economic development and the environment, although they may support other important community issues. Grants are limited to organizations that serve Progress Energy customers in North Carolina, Florida and South Carolina.

Progress Energy Foundation grants are made in the same geographic area and are larger in scope and impact than corporate grants, serving multiple regions or the entire state. Foundation grants are a minimum of $10,000 and target specific issues involving education, economic development and the environment.

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Kate B. Reynold’s ( Health Division responds to health care and wellness needs and invests in solutions that improve the quality of health for financially needy residents of North Carolina.

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation ( will consider requests for any charitable activities which benefit the people of North Carolina, but it gives special attention to these focus areas: Community Building and Economic Development; Environment; Governance, Public Policy and Civic Engagement; Pre-Collegiate Education; and Social Justice and Equity.

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation ( supports the work of tax exempt healthcare, educational and social service organizations. The Foundation seeks to assist projects which are designed to improve the quality of life for women, children, the elderly and those who are poor. Special attention is focused on promoting systemic change.


The Amber Foundation

The Amber Foundation ( is a non-profit organization set up to help women of vision start new online businesses or advance existing ones. Each month, the Foundation awards a grant to the best business plan received. Proposals are judged for completeness of plan, originality of concept, and long-term prospects for success. Applicants must be members of the WomensNet Network to be eligible, but membership is free.

Cottonwood Foundation

The Cottonwood Foundation ( is dedicated to promoting empowerment of people, protection of the environment, and respect for cultural diversity. The Foundation focuses its funding on committed, grassroots organizations that rely strongly on volunteer efforts and where foundation support will make a significant difference.

Eckerd Family Foundation

The Eckerd Family Foundation ( focuses on youth development programs, including youth transitioning from juvenile justice programs, innovative programs for youth at risk, youth transitioning into and out of foster care, and after school initiatives.

Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program

Each year the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program honors ten outstanding individuals who help expand access to health care and social services to underserved and isolated populations in communities across the United States. Each honoree is awarded $100,000 or more for program support and $15,000 as a personal stipend. Community-based health providers and advocates in mid-career who have created or significantly improved health programs in local communities where healthcare needs have been ignored and unmet are eligible to be nominated. Please visit the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program Web site at for more information.

Lowes Charitable and Educational Foundation

The Lowe’s Foundation ( focuses on community improvement and K-12 education in communities where Lowes has stores and distribution centers.

Milagro Foundation Offers Assistance for Youth Programs

The Milagro Foundation ( makes grants from $2,500 – $25,000 to community-based, non-profit grassroots organizations that work with children and youth, especially those at risk and disadvantaged due to such factors as poor health, illiteracy, or insufficient educational and cultural opportunities.