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The High Point Community Foundation awards grants once a year. Grant applications are accepted beginning June 1 and are due in the Foundation office by 5:00 on August 15, 2013. Grant applications are then reviewed by staff for completeness and compliance with all requirements and attachments. Approved applications are forwarded to the Grants Committee who select those who will be invited to make a presentation to the committee. These presentations take place in October and grant checks are awarded in November. If you have questions, please call Karol Murks, Director of Accounting & Grants, at the Foundation office at 882-3297. Please click onto the Grant Recipients tab to see a compete list by year of grant awards. Please click onto the Grant Applicants tab if you wish to complete an application.
GUIDELINES FOR GRANT SEEKERS
The High Point Community Foundation makes grants to support programs that improve the quality of life in the greater High Point area. We welcome grant applications from nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code as well as other public entities. To be eligible for funding from the High Point Community Foundation, a non-profit organization must be located in or serving these areas: High Point, Archdale, Trinity, and Jamestown.
The Community Foundation awards grants to new or existing programs that address community opportunities or needs. We particularly seek out projects where a modest grant can make a significant impact. Other grantmaking objectives are to:
• support creative responses to existing or emerging community problems
• support efforts that recognize and build on our community’s strength’s and assets
• reach a broad segment of the community by making grants for a wide range of purposes
• address underlying causes rather than symptoms of problems
• support projects that are preventive and farsighted rather than remedial
• increase opportunities for people from low-income and under served portions of our community
• increase cooperation and coordination among program providers
• leverage additional program support from other private and public funding sources
The High Point Community Foundation uses a spending policy to determine the amount to grant from its unrestricted endowment each year. The Grants Committee also administers the annual distributions from two special funds in conjunction with the annual grants. The first fund is the Cory McInnis "Compassion in Education" Endowment Fund for the High Point public schools. The purpose of this fund is to provide grants for projects that enhance the quality of life and education for students in High Point. The second fund is the Violet Hutchens "Children's Education" Field of Interest Fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide grants to benefit the education of young people.
The Community Foundation does not make grants for the following: general operating support (funding must support a program), costs already incurred, endowments, sectarian purposes, political purposes, or to individuals. State wide or national programs will not be considered unless funding is sought for a portion of the program that directly benefits the greater High Point area. We do not make repeat or multiple-year grants. Organizations may not submit more than one application for funding per grant cycle and must have its own 501(c)(3). NO WAIVERS OR EXCEPTIONS WILL BE ALLOWED.