Community Foundation of NC East

OVERVIEW: This funder supports many funding areas in eastern North Carolina. There are lots of funds, so grant seekers need to contact CFNCE for application details.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, human services, arts and culture, youth, animals, basic needs

IP TAKE:  Pretty much any nonprofit topic in the region can be considered, but education has been a big interest lately for many of the funds held here.

PROFILE: The Community Foundation of NC East was established in 1977 and supports philanthropy in eastern North Carolina. It seeks to provide “giving opportunities that directly benefit our region forever and convening resources and ideas to create a positive change in our community.” Dr. Herbert Hadley, a local physician, formed the City of Greenville Foundation, which transformed into the Greater Greenville Community Foundation and finally the Community Foundation of NC East. The recent name change reflects a broader donor base and more towns in the region served, but the funder is still based in Greenville, North Carolina.

This community foundation supports a wide range of local nonprofits, as well as government agencies, nonprofit schools, and religious organizations for non-religious purposes. Grant sizes range widely, so the foundation advises groups to apply for the actual amount needed to complete the project. Only one grant is awarded per organization in a calendar year, and several funds here offer multiyear support. Grant seekers do not have to be located in Greenville to receive a grant, but they do have to be in eastern North Carolina. As a rule, it does not support computer hardware and software, vehicles, conferences, capital funding, research, and individuals.

Past grantees include the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina, Pitt County Arts Council, Reading Radio Service, College of the Albemarle, Oakmont Baptist Church, and many more local groups. The foundation also provides pass-through funds for regional organizations as they have grown to become 501(c)3 nonprofits. Pass-through funds have supported Bryson's Birdies for Kids, HBOT for Veterans, and the Oakwood School Board Development Fund. A more complete list of grantees is here.

The foundation requires a $5,000 minimum grant to establish a fund. In a recent year, it held about $8 million in total assets. Current financial data is here.

A list of current funds is published on the foundation’s website. However, it does not provide application forms or grant application guidelines. The best way to get information is to call or email the foundation staff.

General questions can be directed to 252-756-8549 or via online form. The foundation’s address is 625 Lynndale Court, Suite A, P.O. Box 3985, Greenville, North Carolina 27836. Follow its news and events page.


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