Competitive Grant Programs

The Foundation serves a number of individual, family and collective giving client programs whose boards and committees choose to make distributions through competitive grant programs in a variety of interest areas and geographic regions in our service area. These competitive grant programs vary in grant size, application process and funding priorities.

Who May Apply

The Foundation is prohibited by law from making grants to individuals, except in the case of scholarships or corporate disaster relief and financial hardship programs. Grants must be awarded to eligible organizations including 501(c)(3) nonprofits, congregations, and governmental and educational institutions. If the organization conducting the project does not meet these criteria, a grant can be applied for under the fiscal sponsorship of an eligible organization. Investment area varies by grant program. Visit our Online Grants Center to search for a particular investment area.

How To Apply

Foundation For The Carolinas awards grants through several competitive application processes each year. The Foundation has moved to an online grants management system, Community Force. Visit our Online Grants Center to search the Foundation’s various grantmaking programs.

To Learn More

Click here for step by step instructions on how to apply.

Click here to view an informative webinar on how to apply for grants through the Online Grants Center.

Our Community Programs and Civic Leadership team is here to assist you at or 704.973.4500.

Online Application Access

Click here to access the online grants portal.