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. 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 Application Process

Beginning in 2015, the grant cycles for Foundation For The Carolinas and related grant programs will be conducted through a newly enhanced online application process. Click here for more information and step by step instructions on how to apply.

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 email us at

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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