2023 Annual Grants

The High Point Community Foundation granted $500,000 to 22 nonprofit organizations doing amazing work in the greater High Point area!  Community Impact Grants are given to specific critical needs projects that address and make a significant impact in education, food security, homelessness, youth development, community cohesion, and more!

“Each year I am more and more amazed at the width and depth of the altruism and passion High Pointers have for doing good” states Joe Blosser, Chief Impact Officer, The Earl and Kathryn Congdon Family Foundation.  “My experience as the Chair of the HPCF Grants Committee will always remind me of the goodness and grace in our community.”

All awarded grants are as follows:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point

Enables all young people (6-18 years old), especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. With membership at the Club, children receive award winning programs from trained and caring staff that includes homework assistance and fitness activities. A hot meal and a snack are provided daily.

Grant Awarded:  Teen Center Expansion
With a dedicated Teen Center in their new flagship club called The Congdon Hub for Great Futures, they plan to expand and offer special weekend activities. The new club will include a dedicated Teen Center with a dedicated floor with six rooms dedicated to teens plus access to the gym, large activity meeting space, kitchen, and a separate entrance from the parking lot. Activity rooms include: Recording Studio, Exergames, E-Sports, Tutoring, Fun and Games, and Teen Hang Out.

C3 Community Collaboration for Children, Inc

Collaborates with the community-at-large and other agencies to deliver individualized and personal wrap-around support services to children and families in crisis.

Grant Awarded:  "Walking the Walk" with Children and Families
Expands their outreach to "walk the walk" with more children as they work in collaboration with schools, churches, the HPPD, the Family Justice Center, and other agencies in High Point. C3 are "connectors"; facilitating dialogue, coordination, implementation, and follow-up evaluation of support services to "fill-in" the gaps where other agencies cannot.  For example:  provides emergency hotel accommodations, food/meals, gas cards, collaborates with West End Ministries for warm clothing, and the Salvation Army for shelter past the hotel stay.

Carolina Core Soccer Foundation

Ensures access to high quality youth soccer programs in central North Carolina as it promotes and enhances the development of a diverse group of youth players on and off the field, building individual leadership and strengthening communities.

Grant Awarded:  Family-Friendly Community Soccer Event in High Point
Help fund the execution of their soccer tournament, allocated toward:  field rental fees, referee fees, marketing and webpage development, operations staff (will also have volunteers), photography, awards (trophies, ribbons), coaches, directors and referee gifts. Profits from the community soccer tournament will be directed to the Carolina Core Soccer Foundation to provide scholarships to support the fully funded MLS Next Youth Academy program. CCSF anticipates allocating $20,000 per athlete per year and profits from this event will be put towards these scholarships.

Community Housing Solutions of Guilford, Inc.

Make Guilford County homes warmer, drier and safer by providing repairs and ownership opportunities to low-income homeowners.

Grant Request:  Provide Critical Home Repairs
Provide critical home repairs to low-income High Point families preserving home ownership and making their homes warmer, drier and safer. Purchase the materials/supplies for these critical home repairs.  The homeowners served by this program are not physically or financially able to repair their homes on their own.

Cone Health

Provide health care services distinguished by measurable excellence and to see a tradition of health and well-being woven through the fabric of our communities through their core values of Caring for Our Patients, Each Other and Our Communities.

Grant Request:  Improving Health and Educational Achievement
Fund telehealth services at High Point Title 1 elementary schools, notably Fairview Elementary School and Oak Hill Elementary School, in 2024.  School-based Telehealth allows equitable access to care enabling students to quickly return to their classroom and reduce the burdens that early dismissals create for working families.

D-UP Inc.

Provides comprehensive wraparound services for youth and families by promoting health; education; and life readiness; with the goal of maximizing individual life experiences and increasing the economic self-sufficiency of families.

Grant Request:  D-UP Integrated Wellness Care
Safeguard and enhance youth and women mental, social, and emotional well-being without stigma in the Washington Street and surrounding communities. Since 2012 D-UP has removed barriers and developed services to meet the needs of families whose mental health was impacted by bias, racism, and marginalization. Funding and partnerships of their integrated model since the opening of the Congdon Wellness and Education Center have allowed 100% of youth and families to receive clinical services without stigma, to enhance protective and preventive factors and resilience, and to identify early intervention.

Family Justice Center Department

Empowers family violence victims to live free from violence and abuse and hold offenders accountable by providing easily accessible, coordinated, and comprehensive services in a single location

Grant Awarded: The Power of Hope and Healing: Specialized Programs for Abuse Children
Funds will provide children and families impacted by trauma with a pathway to hope and a future without violence. Project funds will help create opportunities for healing, connecting with other survivors, building trust and self-confidence, and increasing self-sufficiency.  By helping children and families gain strength, empowerment, and healthy coping skills, our community will be strengthened.

GO FAR (Go Out For A Run)

Empower children through an innovative running program to achieve their goals and pursue healthy lifestyles.

Grant Awarded:  Going the Distance
Funds help GO FAR clubs in HP Title I schools and afterschool programs to fosters an inclusive environment where all children have the chance to develop physical and mental health in a positive way with 4 programs:

-SOCKcess Program – socks can be used in school and for running
-Fleet Feet Lace Up Program – provides shoes to children that can’t afford proper running gear
-Fuel Up Program - provides funding to coaches to purchase healthy snacks for their teams
-Team T-Shirts - proper club shirts are a necessary part of race day protocol for schools as a necessary safety measure

Growing High Point

Transforms under-resourced neighborhoods through community engagement, empowerment, and entrepreneurship. Building a vibrant food system in HP's urban core is their work, but helping people thrive is their emphasis and motivation.

Grant Awarded: Building Food Capacity
Funds will support programs aimed at increasing healthy food access and boost economic mobility in communities of concentrated and persistent poverty. GHP developed a small but mighty local food system that converts vacant lots in challenged neighborhoods to urban farms or community gardens. An apprenticeship program is available to train and mentor aspiring farmers to give them the best possible chance at growing for profit. GHP provides access to land, and the basic infrastructure needed to start a small independent agribusiness.

Growing the Distance Inc.

Operates child enrichment programs that empower and equip children with the necessary tools, resources, knowledge and character to be trailblazing pillars of their community and succeed in college, in their careers and beyond.

Grant Awarded: Empowering Youth
Funding will help support their initiative, Horizon House.  This effort will provide 60–90-minute evening classes for students aged 7-17 will expose students to a variety of industry fields to engage them in life skills, creative projects, and career exploration.  Students will be able to explore their career interests, hobbies, and the offering of a healthy alternative in keeping them out of gangs, violence and negative street activities.

GTCC Foundation

Opens the door to high-quality, accessible educational and career opportunities through vital partnerships, resource development, advocacy, and stewardship.

Grant Awarded: Supporting Students through Titan Link Services
Through grant-funding, GTCC Foundation’s Titan Link Services can offer students the help they need to access resources for challenges such as housing, transportation, food insecurity, child care, and scholarships for tuition. Currently, the biggest needs students are experiencing are food and housing insecurities, as well as tuition shortcomings. The GTCC Foundation partners with various funders to provide support, but it often comes with major restrictions that hinder our ability to help all of the students that need it. Additionally, this is the first year since 2020 that federal and state pandemic relief funds are not available to help struggling students.

Guilford Education Alliance (GEA)

Committed to maximizing support for Guilford County Schools (GCS) so all children thrive and are prepared for the future. They help build vibrant public schools that develop talent and attract jobs and families to Guilford County.

Grant Awarded:  Building Bright Futures
Grant funding will help galvanize the community in support of GCS and strengthen career pathways through development of a Career Exploration & Workforce Development Program. GEA will provide direct support to educators and students, with added focus on how the community can more directly impact the educator pipeline and help ensure educators are equipped with an understanding of how racial inequities, systems & structures impact student outcomes.

High Point Community Against Violence (HPCAV)

Solely dedicated to working with law enforcement (HP Police Department and other LE Agencies) with the goal of reducing violent crime in High Point.

Grant Awarded: Young Offenders & Families
Funding will be used to continue providing counseling services (HPCAV pays for the fees for families who cannot afford to), school -related needs that help youth stay in school and be productive there, personal development opportunities (sports & creative pursuits), family needs (in crisis situations) and supported employment opportunities for youth, their parents, and adult clients.

High Point Police Foundation

Enhance the High Point Police Department's innovative programs and supplement funding for officer wellness, community outreach, training, equipment and technology.

Grant Awarded: Build Capacity Funding
Funds will be used for startup expenses, such as a web page design, web hosting, marketing materials, fundraising and operational costs.  A portion of the funds will be used for a needs-based grant to benefit the High Point Police Department.

Hopefulls, Inc.

Provide meals that are high quality & nutritional typically consisting of a protein, vegetable, and fruit. They are prepared, packaged, and delivered to elementary schools by volunteers and given to the children at the end of the school day to take home for dinner every Monday through Thursday, each week of the school year.

Grant Awarded:  End Childhood Hunger
Funding will allow the purchase of food and packaging needed for four meals per week for 50 children in need at a Title 1 school in High Point.

Macedonia Family Resource Center

Empowers all people by enriching their spiritual, social, and family lives in God's love.

Grant Awarded:  Community Supplemental Income Assistance
Funding will be used to support families within the community who habitually need the services of the Resource Center and other agencies within High Point.  The families will receive $150 per month totaling $1,800 in a calendar year to use for rent, groceries, household bills, gas, etc.  In return, each family will be required to attend financial literacy classes at the resource center monthly.

Operation Xcel

Provides a place where learners are inspired to excel in every area of their lives and make meaningful changes in the world by equipping youth academically, socially, physically, and emotionally through future-focused programs

Grant Awarded: Operation Homework Reboot
Funds will be used for Operation Homework Reboot which is offered free of charge to Title One kindergarten - eighth-grade students after school during the school year. The program consists of targeted intervention in reading, math, and science along with enrichments.

Puzzle Play

Enrich and empower individuals with disabilities through providing access to education, activities, social skills, life skills and employment opportunities while encouraging inclusion by providing support and treatment.

Grant Awarded: Impacting Lives One Piece at a Time
Funding will be used to establish a Special Needs After School Program in High Point. This program aims to cater to the unique needs of special needs children in the community, offering them a safe, supportive, and enriching environment after regular school hours.

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives)

Fosters vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education.

Grant Awarded:  Business High Point Chamber of Commerce
Funds will be used to support SCORE volunteers who will be executing four seminars and educational programs for small businesses in the High Point community along with follow-up one on one mentoring.

The Barnabas Network

Collects more than 8,000 pieces of furniture from the community and partners with 150 local agencies to provide systemic encouragement through furniture to individuals and families who are on the path to self-sufficiency.

Grant Awarded: A Furniture Bank in the Furniture Capital of the World
Funding will make it possible for the organization to finish the planning stages of opening a brick-and-mortar store in High Point.

The Motivational Foundation

Transforms the lives of young individuals, promotes upward social mobility, especially in underserved communities through the creative power of education.

Grant Awarded:  HBCU Tour for High Point High School Students
Funds will be used to cover all travel expenses for approximately 46 high school students and 8 chaperones from High Point schools. These expenses will include transportation costs, such as motor coach, lodging accommodations for the duration of the trip, and activities organized for the students during their visit to 5 historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) over the course of a week.

West End Ministries, Inc. (WEM)

Serve and works with residents and stakeholders to make this city a safer & better place to live by meeting short-term crisis needs & providing opportunities for long-term change and growth, enabling individuals to overcome barriers & poverty they face.

Grant Awarded:  Serving the Community
Funding is most needed for General Operations to support of WEM Community Programs, including administrative cost. Since early 2020 our nation has been in crisis and economic turmoil. Inflation remains at a 40-year high and is expected to continue to rise. The costs of rent, utilities, and groceries are rising much faster than wages, especially in our community, where 98% of individuals live far below the national poverty level.  The top areas of focus for WEM with funding are: Food Insecurity, Winter Shelter, & General Operating Costs.