The mission of the Salisbury Community Foundation is to inspire philanthropy and strengthen our community by supporting initiatives that address local needs and providing quality services to donors and constituents.

The Board of Trustees supports their mission through the annual competitive grantmaking program. The Foundation is an investor in the community and is interested in creating the highest possible levels of community gain, focused on improving the lives of Salisbury / Rowan County citizens.

Grant dollars are available through the Salisbury Community Foundation's endowment fund. The Community Investment Guidelines below more clearly reflect how the board makes grant award decisions.  

Community Investment Guidelines

To decide how to invest the limited dollars of the Foundation, the Board will look for effective programs and strategies that strive to support the target areas listed below. Programs that are capable of attaining results receive higher consideration. Grant requests are reviewed with the following questions in mind:

  • What results are we investing in?
  • What are the chances we will get results?
  • Is this the best possible use of money?

Eligible Organizations
Applicants must be nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations serving Salisbury/Rowan County residents. Eligible organizations include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, congregations, governmental and educational institutions. If the organization conducting the project is not an eligible organization, a grant can be applied for under the fiscal sponsorship of an eligible organization.

Grant Program Timeline and Online Application Access

The 2014 grant cycle is conducted through an online application process, which requires an initial step of registering on the Foundation For The Carolinas website. If you applied for a 2013 grant, please use the ID/Password previously created.

If you are not already registered to apply for competitive grants online, click here to begin the registration process. Note: it can take one business day for the registration to be processed, so please check back the day after you register to make sure you can log in via Access My Account on the right column of the web page.

Registering on the Foundation For The Carolinas web site should be completed by Friday, September 19, 2014 to ensure sufficient time to gain access to and complete the application.

Grant Program Timeline:

  • Completed application must be submitted by noon on Friday, September 26, 2014. The submittal time is tracked by the system and applications received after the deadline may not be reviewed.
  • Notification of grant awards: late November

Online Application Access:
Click here to launch the online application. You will be directed to Foundation For The Carolinas Competitive Grant Application and will be asked to log in. Please select Salisbury Community Foundation as the grant program to which you are applying. To preview the application questions, click here.

Re-entering the application: Once you start and save an application, you will re-enter the application from your application status page after logging in. Click here to go to the application status page.

For more information about the grants process, contact Karen Coppadge, Grants Specialist, at or 704.973.4559.

Target Areas and Grant Size

Priority will be given to requests for projects and programs that address a community need. Eligible organizations are expected to address one of the following target areas:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Public Education: K-12
  • Education: Higher
  • Environment
  • Human Services

The Foundation seeks to award grants up to $10,000, noting that most previous awards are typically $2,500. Actual award amounts will be determined based on merit of the project and available funds. Proposals received requesting more than $10,000 will be returned for adjustment to be resubmitted or the proposal will not be considered.

Areas Not Typically Funded

  • Capital campaign requests
  • Debt retirement/deficit funding or expenses incurred prior to grant award decisions
  • Direct support of individuals (e.g. scholarships, hardship)
  • Duplication of existing programs or services by new organizations
  • Endowment funds
  • General operating support
  • Travel and conferences
  • Publication of books
  • Projects that are typically the funding responsibility of federal, state or local government
  • Projects that promote political or religious views
  • Political or lobbying activities
  • Sponsorships or fundraisers

Duration and Tracking of Grant
Grants are one year in duration. All grant recipients are expected to provide a report evaluating the project and accounting for grant expenses. If a complete evaluation report is not received, an organization may be ineligible for a grant from this grant program in the future.

Additional Notes
The Salisbury Community Foundation has limited discretionary funds; therefore, many exemplary proposals cannot be funded. Because of the volume of requests, we do not provide written feedback on proposals that are not funded.

To conduct a fair and ethical grants program, a conflict of interest policy is followed and requires that volunteers and/or staff not participate in the grant process for an organization with which they are affiliated. Please do not lobby board or grant committee members on behalf of your organization. If an individual or organization wishes to express support for your project’s application, please have them contact Karen Coppadge, Grants Specialist, at or 704.973.4559.

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For more information about Salisbury Community Foundation, contact:

Meg Dees
Vice President
Philanthropic Advancement

David Snider
Vice President
Community Programs
and Civic Leadership