Who is eligible to apply for a grant from your foundation?

Organizations are eligible for grants from the Trust if they have qualified for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code and are not private foundations [as defined by Section 509(a) of the Code]; or are public instrumentalities. Grants are not awarded to individuals.

Do I need to contact the Trust prior to submitting an application?

Yes, an advance consultation is required prior to our accepting your application for consideration. Each division has a process outlined online and in their printable Application Guidelines. For details about this process, please review How to Apply.

How do I determine if my organization is located in a Tier 1 county?

The NC Department of Commerce ranks the state’s 100 counties each year based on economic well-being and assigns each a Tier designation. The 40 most distressed counties are designated as Tier 1. For the proposals submitted for the February 14, 2012 deadline, the Trust considered any counties listed as Tier 1 in either 2011 or 2012. Similarly, you will note that the Health Care Division indicated in its May funding announcement that it will use the most recent Tier designations in each cycle, which means that the February 2013 cycle will honor both 2012 and 2013 designations.

For a listing of the counties by their Tier designation, visit the NC Commerce website:

North Carolina’s Counties by Tier Designation

Who is considered financially needy? How is this determined?

Common definitions of financially needy that are generally accepted by the Trust include: those living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, those who are eligible for Medicaid, those who are uninsured, and those who qualify for the free/reduced school lunch program.

How can I copy and paste my responses into the online application blanks?

Our online application does not use the drop-down commands you may be familiar with (e.g- right-click mouse button), but you can still paste with keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl + V).

To use these commands, type the answers to an application question in another program such as Microsoft Word. Then, copy your answer and click over to the Trust application's response box. Then, press and hold down the control key (Ctrl) and press the 'V' key. Your text should appear in the response area.

How long can I keep returning to the site to work on my application?

Once you create a new online application, it is saved on the site for 120 days. Each time you edit the application, the clock starts over and your application will be saved for another 120 days.

Note: After you submit an application, you will be able to view it on the site but you will not be able to edit it.

When do I have to submit my application to be considered for a funding cycle?

Applications must be submitted online by the close of business (5:00 PM) on the deadline day.