The mission of the Cleveland County 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 Cleveland County citizens.

Grant dollars are available through the Cleveland County Community Foundation's endowment fund, coupled with funds available from the Hoyt Keeter 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. The success of a grant is predicted by reviewing the expected results of the proposal and results tracking approaches. 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?

Grant Cycle Timeline and Target Areas

The 2014 grant cycle is now closed. Applications are no longer being accepted.

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

Areas Not Typically Funded:

  • General operating support
  • Capital requests
  • Debt retirement / deficit funding or expenses incurred prior to grant award decisions
  • Direct support of individuals
  • Duplication of existing programs or services by new organizations
  • Endowment funds
  • 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

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 Cleveland County Community Foundation has limited discretionary fund; 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 Cleveland County Community Foundation, contact:


David Julian
Vice President
Philanthropic Advancement